I’ve been a good reader for a long time. The library has always been my favorite place to be ever since my mom started dropping my sister and I off in the children’s section. Most of these books were discovered at my local library at the time.
Here are the top ten books that were my childhood favorites:
1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This was an amazing book! I don’t even know how to describe it. With all of the math and language word play, I felt as if Neverland was mashed up with the lessons I learned in my grade school classes. I learned the word “Doldrums” from this book, and to this day, when I hear the word, I picture sleeping dogs!
2. The Choose Your Own Adventure series by Various
These books were so quick to read, that often I would go back to the beginning repeatedly to choose all of the different adventures at least once. I learned quickly to not ask my mom to buy these books, but rather I checked them out from the library or my teachers. They just weren’t worth the cost because I flew through them!
3. The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
I never could solve the mystery before Nancy!
4. The Sleepover Friends series by Susan Saunders
I wasn’t into babysitting. I was into sleepovers!
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
These are still some of the creepiest stories that I’ve ever read! Timeless too, as I can’t keep them on the shelves in my classroom!
6. Time Life Mysteries of the Unknown series by George Constable (editor)
I was obsessed with these books, thanks to the eye-catching commercial! Check it out below!
I loved all fairy tales, and would often reread these! How lucky I felt in college when I realized that I could study these for college credit!
8. The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
My first foray into fantasy. I had a crush on Edmund.
The best books written for children. Period.
10. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
I read the whole series and always cracked up at the hijinx that Fudge got into. Who names their kid Fudge? Gwyneth maybe?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.