Edit: I’ve just realized I once again jumped ahead a week. Please forgive me! I don’t know where my brain is at.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This was a hard post for me. Not really because I didn’t read as a kid (I definitely did) but just remembering what exactly I was reading. Also- a lot of childhood favorites I’d probably feel different about today. For example, Charlotte’s Web, or the traumatizing end to Where the Red Fern Grows? The horrible treatment of children by Roald Dahl… Sigh. (Why are kids books so darn sad?) Anyway- I probably missed a lot, but here are ones I remember that I don’t think I’d change my mind about as an adult.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – I loved everything about this story as a kid and I still love everything about it as an adult. I love Charlie’s relationship with Grandpa Joe, I love the ending, I love the poetic justice all the other kids receive. I also love the movie. The Gene Wilder version (sorry Johnny).
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley – Like most young girls, I was horse obsessed. I’m pretty sure this book does not have the happiest ending, but I loved everything that came before that.Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain – Here they are. The only wholesome books I’ve ever read. (I kid.) These were a staple in my house. My mom used to read them to me and my sister before bed tonight. I still have these books. I read them to my daughter so they hold a lot of sentimental value. The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen – Can I count these as my first Science Fantasy books? I loved Ms. Frizzle. I loved all the kids and the illustrations, but especially our unfortunate friend Arthur. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene – I spent the summers at my aunt’s house in Ohio, and she had like the first 40 books in the Nancy Drew series. And I’m pretty sure I read most of them, and loved them all. She’s like Scooby Doo, but you know, human. Choose Your Own Adventure by Miscellaneous – I’m low key thrilled these are making a sort of comeback (well, I know I’ve seen a few new copies kicking around at B&N anyway). I LOVED these books as a kid. I loved you could read through them pretty quickly, I loved making a game of finding the longest story, I loved finding my way to new endings.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – I love this book so much I actually remember where I was when I bought it. It was a book wholesaler somewhere in Virginia. I didn’t include the other two books (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) just because I didn’t read them until I was in my 20s. I knew it was a series but it took Pullman a long time to put out the other books and I never could find them whenever I looked. This was probably my first foray into Fantasy and started a life-long obsession with Polar Bears. (It’s also one of those super grim children’s books I referred to earlier, and it would be hard for me to re-read them today.) Side note- I still own the original copy I purchased way back when. It’s mostly in tact and sits on my mother’s bookshelf.Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar – These books are hysterical and bizarre. I can’t wait to read them with my daughter when she graduates from picture books. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz – If you were a kid in the 90s you’ve probably read these at least once. I probably read them way more times than is normal. The illustrations freak me out and that one story about the hook in the car door still bothers me (and causes me serious paranoia about my back seat in the dark). Goosebumps by R.L. Stine – Much like Scary Stories, if you were a kid in the 90s, you probably read Goosebumps too. I gobbled these up faster than Stine could write them (and he wrote them pretty fast). I especially looked forward to Scholastic book fairs because I knew it usually meant I could get a new Goosebumps. I totally watched the new movie as an adult and mostly enjoyed it. Also, here is a really funny post I found reimagining Goosebumps for adults based on their covers.
Ugh- feeling so nostalgic right now. The 90s were a good time. What’s on your Childhood Favorites list?