Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Favorite childhood books

I absolutely loved to read from a very young age, so I thought I'd make a list of my top five favorite childhood books/series. I'd LOVE it if you would list some of your favorites in the comments!

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. I thought Harriet was fascinating. I also think Harriet is one of the cutest names of all time.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. My favorites of the series were probably The Magician's Nephew and The Horse and His Boy.
3. Anything Roald Dahl. I can remember sitting there all night reading James and the Giant Peach until I could no longer keep my eyes open. What a magical story.
4. The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane. I never ever tired of these stories. I think they might be the reason I grew up so fascinated with the past.
5. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. I guess that isn't the most politically collect title in this day and age, but I was captivated by this book. Tiny toys-turned-people in a magical cupboard unlocked by an old key? Come on!

Now tell me yours. :)


  1. LOVED Harriet the Spy... also Sam the Cat Detective by Linda Stewart, anything Louis Sachar -esp. Someday Angeline, Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville ... I was always reading, I could go on forever. :D

  2. I loved two little Golden Books, "We Help Mommy" and "We Help Daddy". I also loved Dr. Seuss' "I wish that I had duck feet". There are so many more...I'm too old to remember them all. ;)

  3. I loved the book Bunnicula.. about a vampire rabbit who sucked the juice out of it's vegetables.
    Also loved little house on the prairie too!

  4. Oh my gosh, that Harriet the Spy cover is fabulous! OK, I'm right there with you on the Little House books (and the series). I also loved the Miss Nelson is Missing series (that was huge in my entire SCHOOL, I think!), the Madeline books (still a favorite), Anne of Green Gables (still a favorite), and Encyclopedia Brown. he he

    Oh, and Snoopy cartoons. :)

  5. The Mixed Up Files Of Basil E. Frankweiler, A Wrinkle In Time, Trixie Beldon mysteries - loved Harriet The Spy too. I've been having fun buying all my faves for my kiddos. Oh- also loved The Westing Game. I still re-reade them every so often - I always make it a point to read Little Women at Christmas and The Secret Garden each spring.

  6. I agree with Encyclopedia Brown!!

    OH, and I'm reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler with my daughter right now! We started it tonight, lol!

  7. The Indian in the Cupboard was a favorite of mine as well! I also loved all Judy Bloom books. Although my mother forced me to read "Are You There God, It's Me, Margret" and I almost had a hormonal breakdown as a tween, haha...anyone else read that book? Good ol' Judy Bloom!

  8. The cover of that book brought back SO many memories!! I loved Harriet.

    Also love "Ramona the Brave"

  9. I always loved Matilda by Roald Dahl! She loved to read just like I did :)

  10. I can't count how many times I read the Little House series and the Anne of Green Gables series. My absolute favorites! Some of you have brought up a few books I've never read...may have to find a copy!

  11. Oh my gosh, I can't believe I forgot to mention Ramona Quimby. Oh! And what about Amelia Bedelia?! AWESOME.

  12. loving your blog! my favorite books as a kid were the berenstain bears books.

  13. I love(d) all of yours!!! Let's see... it's hard for me to pick only 5 :)

    Good Charlotte
    Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series
    Mail Order Wings
    Nancy Drew (all!)
    The Black Stallion

  14. OMG thisgirl, I LOVE bunnicula!!! :) was definitely one of my favorites. And Anne of Green gables... Mixed Up Files... gosh, so many awesome books. And the Choose Your Own Adventures were always fun :)

  15. Wordsandeggs- I totally agree with the Miss Nelson is Missing books! Oh, and I loved the Anne of Green Gables, but don't know remember reading the actual books. The Ramona books were also amazing!

    Chelsey, I got to hold the ORIGINAL Berenstain Bears artwork in my hands at work recently...I was in heaven!

  16. Yes- who didn't love the choose your own adventure books???! hahah

  17. my book of bible stories
    nancy drew
    encyclopedia brown
    mrs. brisby and the rats of nimh
    I also loved anything written by louis l'amour

  18. I read all the Little House books too! I also loved:
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    All the Beverly Cleary books especially Ramona Quimby, Age 8
    choose your own adventure
    The Babysitter's Club books
    The Phantom Tollbooth
    Bridge to Terribethia

  19. Oh geez dont get me started...

    Boxcar Children
    Wayside School
    Going waaay back ...Frog and Toad
    Anne of Green Gables
    Pippi Longstocking
    And I Looooved Velveteen Rabbit...It always made me so sad haha
    Geez I think I could go on forever....

  20. I know- I could go on forever. I can't believe I narrowed it down to five, lol...

    Yay for Frog and Toad!

  21. What a great topic! I loved:

    Anything by Shel Silverstein (including a book called Lafcadio:The Lion Who Shot Back)
    The Bernstein Bears books
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacha
    The Jolly Postman by Allen Ahlberg
    The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    and one of my faves as I got a little older, The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Now I want to go back and read them all again :)

  22. Oh wow! I thought I was Harriet the spy! Such memories. I still own my childhood copy of that book.

  23. Lets see...
    Are You There God It's Me Margaret
    and anything written by Judy Blum
    Shel Silverstein's book (Where The Sidewalk Ends)
    Anne of Green Gables
    Little Women

  24. As I was raised in Sweden I read a lot of nordic tales as a child. I loved looking at the illustrations so I always did choose books from the cover - and still sometimes do. Nothing beats the books of Astrid Lindgren :
    Pippi Longstocking,
    The Brothers Lionheart
    Ronia, The Robbers Daugther
    And my favourite still today - I have it signed by the illustrator:
    Most Beloved Sister - It has an eerie feeling through the entire book and It's nothing you've ever read as a child and still today. Read! :D

  25. Nice to see another Swede commenting, I certainly agree about the Astrid Lindgren books. The Brothers Lionheart is my alltime favourite, it's just so sad and beautiful!

    Other than that I started reading fantasy really early, first with David Eddings (The belgarion series), and when I was about 10 my father got me started on The Ring series as well.

    Also, Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, and anything with Enid Blyton (I've only read then in Swedish, but I suppose they are named something like Five finds a treasure, or something like that).

    I still read every day, mostly fantasy and Sci Fi, or horror novles (I got started on Stephen King in my early teens, and I swear I would marry that man if he promised to always write for me...).

  26. 1. Where The Wild Things Are

    2. I had this gorgeous Snow White pop up book, I don't know what ever happned to it :(

    3. The Worldbook Children's Encyclopedias, especially the Mammal & Reptiles AND the Art & Craft books.

    4. Shel Silverstein fo sho.

    5. Mother Goose.

    Oh the happy days.

  27. Reading everyone's selections made me think of another one...Charlotte's Web. I bet I read that once a year when I was a kid.

  28. I'm so happy to see all of your favorites!!

  29. Nancy Drew
    Andrew Henry's Meadow
    A Room for Cathy
    Little House books
    The King, the Mice and the Cheese

    I loved to read as a child and now I love to read to my children.

  30. I collect the classics from my library book sale cart at $.25 cents a piece...amoung my favorites are the Little House books, Dr. Seuss, Dick and Jane, Corderoy, and Beatrix Potter. BTW, libraries in the SE are having problems with flooding, one school got wiped out and lost their library collection...it is such a shame. You can check out American Library Association website for more details. I'm only putting this out there because I know you're a library lover.

  31. Oooh, yes, RD was one of my absolute favorites. And any book of poems by Shel Silverstein. And to this day, I have an obsession with Calvin and Hobbs comic books. : )

  32. Difficult for me, because all the books are in Dutch....don't think you know the books of Pinkeltje from Dick Laan or books from Guus Kuijer , Madelief or Grote mensen daar kan je beter soep van koken ?....xx Dani

  33. okay reading that, i forgot a lot - loved Nancy Drew and the Sweet Valley books, Pippi Longstocking...

  34. I loved a book when I was little called "Panda Cake". I still have parts of it in my head.

    "A panda cake is a special cake, its not like any other..." :)

  35. The books I read over and over again when I was a child were Little House on the Prarie and The Boxcar Children. I still have my set of Little House on the Prarie- but I had to check the Boxcar Children out from the library. I used to spend most of my summers at the library :)

  36. Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein were my absolute favorites. The Bernstein Bears kicked ass too.

  37. Oh - I love so many. Top of the tops were:
    - The Anne of Green Gables and Emily books by L.M. Montgomery
    - A Wrinkle in Time and anything by Madeline L'Engle - loved, loved, loved her
    - The Secret Garden
    - Walter Farley's Black Stallion books
    - Dr. Suess (Yertle and the Butter Battle especially)
    - Ira Sleeps Over
    ... oh, and who can resist books illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg...

  38. the box car children
    i wish i still had them all, i have began collecting them for my children

    i wanted to be a box car child for so long, then i grew up and hopped freight trains
    pretty awesome i must say!


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