I didn't read a lot of children's books when I was a kid. I got around to that when I was helping to raise kids. I read history and accounts of the Greek myths, things like that. I did read Robert Louis Stevenson. I read H.G. Wells's An Outline of History when I was in grade school (it's hardly difficult). I do regard the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle" as one of the important influences in my life. I am a slow reader and so don't do much re-reading.