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.
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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