Books for Kids of All Ages

March 24, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 18

Howdy Bookworms!

It’s another glorious Tuesday and the folks from The Broke and the Bookish have asked the blogosphere to list some of their favorite childhood books. The problem with making a list of books that are childhood favorites is that I feel like I missed a ton of awesome books when I was a kid and spent all my time reading Sweet Valley Twins and RL Stine (not that there’s anything wrong with those, per se, but I could have used more variety.) I’m putting together a mix of new and old faves because my name is Katie and I’m rebellious.


1. Mary Poppins by PL Travers (review): Oh the whimsy! I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read this book. Mary Poppins was one of my favorite movies as a kid and though the book was very different, it was a delight.

2. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (review): Believe it or not, this book was NOT my gateway drug into penguins. I was obsessed with them already by the time I checked this out of the school library, but I still love the book. I bought a copy for my “nephew.” He was 3 at the time. I may have been a little over-excited.

3. Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary: This is the first book I remember reading purely for pleasure. I remember being completely bored one day and picking a book off the shelf. This was that book, and it was wonderful.

4. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: I wish this had been around when I was a kid! I was late-ish to the craze, not getting in on it until after the first movie came out, but I still got to experience the exquisite agony of waiting for the remaining books to be released.

5. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume (review): This book was the best thing my late blooming self ever read.


6. If You Were a Penguin by Florence and Wendell Minor (review): My mother-in-law bought me this children’s book one Christmas and it is gorgeously illustrated. The authors were SO NICE when they ran across my review that they sent me their follow-up book If You Were a Panda Bear along with a bunch of penguin stickers. So sweet!

7. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein: I remember my dad reading this to me and my sister at bed time and we’d just laugh and laugh. Good stuff.

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I was 11 the first time I read this book and I’ve always loved it. Fun fact: part of the reason I was so excited to read this book is because Mary Ann from The Baby-Sitters Club said it was her favorite book.

9. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: I didn’t actually read this book until I was an adult, but it is SO whimsical and fun!

10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll: I’m kind of an Alice fangirl, I’ll admit. I adore this book. Curiouser and curiouser indeed!


Sound off Bookworms! What were some of your favorite books as a kid? What books do your kids like reading? 

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18 Responses to “Books for Kids of All Ages”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I definitely spent all my time as a child reading SVH..and Babysitters Club and Nancy Drew and V.C. Andrews (a little older). I’m not really itching to revisit those so my Top10 list was actually a Top 5 list!

  2. Ashley Z

    Princess Bride! I just got though reading this to Emelia. She loved it! We are just starting on Mary Poppins!

      • Ashley Z

        The best! I actually read her the book before she saw the movie. She told me yesterday she wants to marry Wesley. Then Dave had to show Caleb Andre the giant wrestling.

  3. AMB

    This is a great list! I’m going to refer to it the next time one of my kids asks, “What should I read now?” I love reliving childhood favorites through my children. It’s so much fun!

    Happy belated birthday, by the way. I hope this will be an awesome year for you!

  4. Rhian

    I can’t remember back that far ;-).

    A bit of a brain dump as things occurred to me, which covers up to early teens:
    Trixie Beldon, Enid Blighton’s Naughtiest Girl and Magic Faraway Tree, Robert Cormier, Judy Blume, Winnie the Pooh.

    I read a lot of my mum’s books and I remember reading Agatha Christie, Helen McInnes and some other spy author whose name escapes me at the moment (McSomething).

    A particular memory is my first fantasy book – Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsinger – when I was around 11 or 12.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  5. Jancee @ Jancee Reads

    I loved Sweet Valley High, BSC, and R.L. Stine. Oh, and Boxcar Children. Those made up the majority of my reading lists. But this is a great list as well. I’m kind of ashamed that I still haven’t read Phantom Tollbooth, even though I own a copy.

  6. Cassie

    Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, and The Big Friendly Giant (BFG). My 2nd grade teacher read aloud one chapter of a children’s book each school day… Loved it!

    • Dana

      I had a teacher that did that too and, I swear, it’s the fondest memory I have of elementary school.

  7. Sandra

    Mine would be Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. The movie version was rubbish and killed part of my childhood.

  8. Dana

    Westmark by Lloyd Alexander is the first book I remember wanting to read more than once. Also, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. And I loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries, but they were a little dated when I was young. Today’s plugged-in child might find them utterly ridiculous.

  9. Karen C

    There are some fantastic books listed here! I came across a new author that my son and I absolutely love. The books are about monsters who steal your keys and your socks! My son’s favorite is “The Monster that Ate my Socks” by A.J. Cosmo ( is an easy and fun read that helps teach problem solving skills. The author’s motto is “silly stories, important lessons.” I find that to be an awesome and effective way to teach kids for sure 🙂 Check them out!

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