Top Ten Childhood Favorites
(in no particular order)
*click the title for a Goodreads synopsis of each book*
1. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling~ My grandmother used to read this book to me when I was little. I still have the copy she bought for me for Christmas in 1981, when I was 6 years old and now I read it to my three children.
2. Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, etc. by L.M. Montgomery~ I discovered this book series when I was in 3rd grade and I devoured them in order. I think I related to Anne because I was a handful as a child as well. I've read the first two books at least a half-dozen times over the years. Gilbert Blythe was my first book crush.
3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, etc. by Judy Blume~ Sadly, I found out there was no Santa because of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, but I still love this series. Another one that I've read several times over the years.
4. Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Brave, Ramona the Pest, etc. by Beverly Cleary~ Another series I couldn't get enough of. I've read these to all of my children, and they love them as much as I did. Timeless!
5. Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume~ I was raised by a single dad, and was an early bloomer to boot. Thank God for this book!
6. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner~ I used to fantasize about living a a boxcar in the woods. I had every last detail of my boxcar imagined. Most kids fantasized about living in a mansion, my dream house was a boxcar.
7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett~ I learned the meaning of the word "contrary" from reading this book. As a child, my aunt would always say I was "contrary" and I always thought she was complimenting me. I was stunned in 2nd grade when I read this and found out otherwise. LOL
8. Flowers In the Attic by V.C. Andrews~ I started reading her books the summer between 3rd and 4th grades (my parents clearly didn't censor my reading material) when I was old enough to ride my bike the 6 blocks to the library and pick my own books. While not technically a children's book, it was still a favorite.
9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis~ A no brainer. I'm sure a great many lists this week will have this series. I read these over and over and over.
10. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle~ I adore her books, and I read this one over and over until it fell apart. I still have my cover-less copy somewhere...
11. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien~ I couldn't have this list without this one, so I had to add an 11th book.. Still a favorite that I read from time to time.