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?