My mom always encouraged reading. We still have the shelf stuffed with children’s books in the house, and I remember every evening I would pick out a good stack, plop them down on the couch, and read them all through. I read them, then re-read them, and re-read them again. After doing some musing, I put together a list of my ten favorite childhood books.
1. Frog and Toad Arnold Lobel
This is a great book for a beginner reader, and I read it over and over. The pair were lovable characters and their adventures and misadventures never grew old. And each short little story had actual value to it. I still distinctly remember The Dream and how it showed how, each time Toad bragged and made a big deal of himself, Frog shrunk smaller and smaller until he vanished. That’s a really mature way of articulating that life lesson to children.
2. Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
Just recently I remember just how much I would read through this book. I just thought that the stories were such clever ways to bring a point across, and that probably explains why I’m constantly searching for the moral of the story.
3. Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
I ate these books up. I remember little about the actually stories, but I remember absolutely loving them! They got me into the mystery genre, which is still one of my favorites.
4. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
A classic series. I think that I finished the first book in a day, and I was so proud of myself. It was a chapter book, so, of course, it was big kid stuff! Also the first one was all about dinosaurs and I was here for it!
5. The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
Such a fun story!
6. Tomie dePaola Books
My personal favorite was The Clown of God. I loved the illustrations in these books!
7. Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson
This is one of my favorite fairy-tales of all time, and it’s a shame that it’s not as well known as others. It’s so charming!
8. Happy Hollisters by Jerry West
Another series I binged. These books were very reminiscent of The Boxcar Children, so it made sense that I hopped right over to these after a while.
9. Dr. Seuss Books
I still remember my brother and I trying to read Fox in Socks out loud and fumbling over our words. It was just one long tongue twister and we thought it was hilarious. I still love Horton Hears a Who!
10. Little Bear’s Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
I was obsessed with Little Bear when I was younger, both the book and the cartoon. My dad and I still quote the movie to each other!
There are many, many books on that shelf, but I’d say that these are little me’s top favorites. Do you have any favorite childhood books that I missed? Comment below!