Inspired by The Broke and the Bookish!
(and yes, I know this is a day late.)
What are your top ten
favorite childhood books?
- The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin – hands down, this is my favorite. I got my first BSC book in second grade (I won it in a math contest…speaking of, Stacy McGill was probably the coolest thing ever) and my love affair lasted well into 8th grade. I think once I was older than the girls I was reading about, I became too cool for the series. I, of course, attempted to start my own club, but failed, probably due to only having one member….me.
- The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder - I think I love this series so much because I read them with my mom. I also read the accompanying series about Laura’s daughter, Rose, and her mother, Caroline. I think it’s safe to say that these books sparked my interest in history. If I didn’t read historical books today, what would I read?!
- Socks by Beverly Cleary – I read tons and tons of Beverly Cleary books growing up, but this one sticks out most in my mind. At the time, I had a cat that looked just like Socks who had the same problem of dealing with a baby in the house (me!). I’ll admit, I still pull this one off my shelf and read it some afternoons.
- Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar – Definitely a very weird series BUT SO FREAKIN ENTERTAINING. The characters and situations still stick out in my mind. I reread them recently and some of the puns and jokes Louis Sachar came up with are really witty! I don’t think I got them the first time around.
- Santa Paws by Nicolas Edwards – A dog who saves the town? A bitchy cat side-kick? A dorky family? Yes please!
- Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements – These classrooms just seemed so much cooler and dramatic than mine. I was kind of jealous. I loved Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You as well.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - My first exposure to Treasure Island was the Muppet Treasure Island movie (I was in love with Jim Hawkins). A few years later, my family and I went to Las Vegas and stayed in the Treasure Island hotel. My dad told me there was a book by the same name, which I immediately wanted to read. I fell in love (again) with it and wore the poor book out.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain – I think this is a no-brainer. I read this book tons of times. Every time I go to Magic Kingdom, I insist on taking the raft to Tom Sawyer Island just to run across the barrel bridge.
- Help! I’m Trapped in Obedience School by Todd Strasser – A book about a boy that switches bodies with his dog (and later sister, teacher, the President, etc) was perfect for my geeky 10-year-old self. Picturing a boy running around like a dog slobbering everywhere made this one of my favorites.
- Superfudge by Judy Blume – Another series I devoured. Not sure why I really liked it though, I thought Fudge was really gross. Maybe as an only child I was jealous that I didn’t have a younger brother named Farley Drexel Hatcher and a sister named Tootsie.
How about an honorable mention for the Animorphs? Their covers were the bomb.
I am now off to rumage in the attic to find half of these books for a re-read!