Friday Five: Childhood Books

Before I get to this week’s Friday Five, I wanted to thank all of you who read and comment on my blog, especially yesterday’s post. I really appreciate it and love reading the wisdom you all have to share. Thanks! 🙂

I thought I’d continue with the childhood theme and talk about childhood books. All of these I recall with fondness, and all of these were read by me multiple times when I was a child.

1. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. I loved loved LOVED this book in the fourth grade! My teacher read it to us a chapter at a time, and I was enthralled from the beginning. And when she finished reading it, I had to have my own copy, which I read over and over.

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I still have my copy of this book that I ordered from the Scholastic catalog (I loved getting those things!). I instantly fell in love with Anne and read all of the books in the series. L.M. Montgomery became a favorite writer after I read this book, and I soon amassed quite the collection of her works. The Emily of New Moon series rivaled the Anne books as my favorites.

3. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I remember poring over the poems in this book, delighted by the rhyme and the whimsy (although I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what “whimsy” was at the time.) I also love A Light in the Attic.

4. The Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary. I don’t remember which I liked best, but I devoured all of the books about Ramona, as well as the Henry Huggins series. And what’s not to love about a character who has a sister called “Beezus”?

5. The Anastasia series by Lois Lowry. I related so much to Anastasia. I loved that she wore glasses, as I started wearing them in the first grade and they were the bane of my existence. I also read the books in the series about her brother Sam.

Honorable mentions: Aesop’s Fables, Where the Wild Things Are (there’s a movie based on this book coming out in October!), The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The Baby-sitters Club series (I think I owned almost all of the books in this series), The Little Princess.

What are some of your favorites?

8 thoughts on “Friday Five: Childhood Books

  1. I loved Ramona books!! I also read the Saddle Club series, the Left Behind for Kids series, and the Mandie Shaw series.

    But my all time favorite children's book–is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

    I just discovered last week that this is coming to theatre in the fall and I am beside myself with excitement!


  2. i also ADORED the Anne of Green Gables books. sigh. i want to read them again! i also read little house on the prairie & all the nancy drew books, loved little women and in general just loved anything i could get my hands on! and i still do!


  3. Macy, I forgot about the Mandie Shaw series. I read a bunch of those!

    Jenny, I have no idea how to go about making a meme, but feel free to post a Friday Five whenever you want!

    Sarah, I loved Little Women too. I guess I should have put it on the list. I first read it in 6th grade and absolutely fell in love and have read it countless times. The Anne books are so great; I reread several of them last summer.


  4. RAMONA! I havent thought of her in YEARS! I always loved those books!

    When my Mom was in the hospital, one of the books I took to her for her to choose from was Anne of Green Gables!


  5. Haven't read any of those. My faves were the Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books like “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” “Ribsy,” “Blubber,” that sort of thing, plus I read a lot of history (not so much the Stephen Ambrose books just yet, but historical books designed for little ones).


  6. For me Judy Blume all the way! My favs: Are You There God It's Me Margaret? and Tiger Eyes. I loved Beverly Cleary Too. And I fondly remember The Mouse and the Motorcyle and Runaway Ralph. O to be a kid again. Oooo and my fav in 5th grade was A Wrinkle In Time. I remember our teacher read a few chapters a day.


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