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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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).

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  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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