Sunday, April 05, 2009

TSS: Books loved as a child

Combining Weekly Geeks and The Sunday Salon, today I thought that I would post this list of books that I loved as a child that has been sitting in my drafts folder for months now. I keep meaning to split this list into parts and delve a bit deeper into it, but it feels like too great of a task so I'm leaving it in a list format. I've left it in three parts.

The first, books I loved as a small child.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
the Babysitter Club series by Ann M Martin
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Ramona Quimby by Beverley Cleary
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
The Poky Little Puppy a Little Golden Book
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

The second part, classic children's books.

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Charlotte's Web by EB White
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
anything by Roald Dahl
Old Yeller by Frank Gipson
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
anything by Judy Blume

The third, books that were required reading for school or that I associate with school so much I can't remember if everyone read it or if it was just me.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green
Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
The Hatchet by Gary Paulson
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Taken as a whole, this books represent my childhood. I look back at all of them fondly. I wouldn't be the person that I am today without them.


  1. Thanks for prompting me to put some thought into this one. The books I remember are mostly adult crossovers (such as The Jungle Book and Beautiful Joe, the canine equivalent of Black Beauty).

    Most of the "children's books" others picked out for me were rather sappy: From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

    I do have a strong fondness for Go Dog Go, however.

  2. This is an excellent list of children's books. If kids just read these, they'd be on their way to becoming fantastic readers!

  3. All great books! Had a thing (read intense attachment) for The Lorax when I was little. Of course, as a children's librarian, I do not have to really grow up ever. Still read all of these great titles every day. Lucky me and lucky you for having all these great titles in your childhood.

    Starting The Believers by Zoe Heller today. High hopes. Happy reading!

  4. I am quickly writing some of these books down as I am sure I will love them. I so loved the Island of Blue Dolphins and I know what good choice you have.

  5. A few titles here that I loved as a kid, too! I love your idea of documenting the books that made you the reader you are today. My favourite favourite books as a kid were Little Women And Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.. and.. Nancy Drew. :D

  6. I loved The Pokey Little Puppy! That was probably my favorite of all the Little Golden Books.

    Our required reading lists were quite different. I think the only ones we have in common are Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Diary of a Young Girl, and Where the Red Fern Grows-that one was tough since I read it in 4th grade, and the summer between 3rd and 4th we had to put both of our dogs down.

  7. I like your butterfly wallpaper!


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