Favorite Childhood Books

childhood books

“I should write a post about my favorite childhood books.  Not current/new children’s books that are good, but ones I grew up reading,” I thought over and over the last several days as our little family read Matilda each night before bed.

Fast-forward to this week, when I found out The Giver has been made into a movie that comes out this year, and the deal was sealed.  So without further ado, and in absolutely no particular order…

My Favorite Childhood Books, as Recalled A Decade or Two Later

  •  {Every babysitters club book ever written, by Ann M. Martin}  I literally belonged to the club and got all sorts of monthly goodies from the BSC gals.  We were like BFFs.
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater My mom would have to clarify, and maybe they were just at a formative time – but I’m pretty sure this, Matilda, and Island of the Blue Dolphins were read a dozen times each. :)
  • Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
  • Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
  • Indian in the Cupboard (Series), by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Night, by Elie Weisel
  • Poetry Collections by Shel Silverstein. I can still recite so many from A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends!
  • The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
  • Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • The Ramona Series, by Beverly Cleary (which we’re starting with the girls now that Matilda is finished!)
  • The BFG, by Roald Dahl
  • The Eleventh Hour, by Graeme Base
  • Motel of the Mysteries, by David Macaulay

I did not get into the American Girl books or Judy Blume’s Fudge series, Goosebumps and the Scary Stories type, or the slightly-too-old-for-me Sweet Valley High/Twins.  Also, there are so many more that could have gotten an “Honorable Mention” because I remember them fondly (other Judy Blume books, the Wayside School and Ralph S. Mouse series’, Bridge to Terabithia and Maniac McGee to name a few) but I don’t remember reading them over and over.  And for what it’s worth – The Chronicles of Narnia books, notably missing from this list, I didn’t read until High School.

Did I forget any of your favorites? :)


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  1. Sharen says

    My favorites:
    The Box Car Children
    Wind in the Willows
    Sweet Pickles
    Little House on the Prairie (series)
    Dear Mr. Henshaw

    Ones that we both love:
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Babysitters Club
    All of Judy Blume
    All of Beverly Clearly

  2. Jennifer Kaufman says

    You know, I either never heard of (or in the case of a few) never got into those! I did watch Little House with my mom, though, after school. LOVED that! :)

    • Jennifer Kaufman says

      Excellent choice! I have read the book and actually enjoyed it more than the movie. Have fun with that one, it’s a great pick for just that :)

  3. Theresa H says

    I did not read that many books over and over as a kid but I loved: Cheaper By the Dozen (and Bells On Their Toes)
    Judy Blume…all of them
    Black Beauty
    The Borrowers
    Little Women (the only book I can, with certainty, say that I read over and over (I still do))

    A few books became favorites in high school and I will reread them every once in awhile:
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Great Gatsby

    What I love most about the book selections today is that there are SOOO many awesome, and well written, pre-teen, teen books. There wasn’t much to choose from when I was young and I am actually enjoying some of the teen fiction as an old lady!!

    • Jennifer Kaufman says

      Theresa, so great to “see” you here! :) I loved your additions – and I too really enjoy that there are still plenty of good YA books to read. Sometimes it’s the perfect choice for our busy lifestyles!

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