I realize that not every book blogger was a HUGE reader as a child but I totally was. I was one of those indoor kids that Maureen Johnson described at the first Book Blogger Convention.
In no particular order:
1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
You guys, I probably have The Phantom Tollbooth on several Top Ten Tuesday lists. This is because it is awesome and shaped the person I am today. I probably read Norton Juster’s book at least 10 times as a kid.
2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Never has living in a boxcar looked so appealing as when reading The Boxcar Children. When Benny scavenged the dump for that pink cup and the kids were all like F YOU MR. ALDEN because rumor has it you are mean, I wanted to be just like those kids, despite having zero survival skills.
3. The Witches by Roald Dahl
I pity the person without Roald Dahl books in their childhood. I mean really, as I kid I felt really smug because all of the kids in Dahl’s books were so much smarter than the grown ups. Anyways, The Witches was one of my favorites.
4. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
So, I read Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling in 7th grade, which is still childhood. And you guys, obviously I probably would not be the fantasy nut I am today if not for this series.
5. The Wakefields of Sweet Valley by Francine Pascal
Friends, I read these books like crack growing up. They were so full of drama and crazy happenings. AND THIS BOOK was so damn thick and I was like, yeah I got my money’s worth — even though I was just borrowing it from the library. Anyways, it was all about the Wakefield Family history and awesome.
6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Those Herdman kids are a bunch of jerkwads. BUT BUT BUT I remember having the teacher read this book out loud to us and it was hilarious. And I loved how the Herdman’s redeemed themselves in the end.
7. Super Fudge by Judy Blume
I loved books that made me laugh like someone about to be carted to the nuthouse. Super Fudge was one of those books for me.
8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
So, I just remember my family ended up with this book some how after this library event where we sang songs about bears eating someone’s family. My sisters and I read the Brown Bear book SO MANY TIMES that we had it memorized, because we were ballers. Yes, straight ballers.
9. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia was not the smartest maid on the block. I remember reading her books and she would constantly get mixed up and such. And do silly things. Or take things literally.
10. The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Did you go through the dog phase too? Please tell me I was not the only kid to get that dog obsession! Seriously, I loved dogs and reading about them. And then this book, I read it a few years after seeing the Disney film. Good book though.
So guys, what were your favorite childhood books?