Top Ten Childhood Favorites

December 6, 2011 Uncategorized 0

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Top Ten Books Childhood Favorites

I think it will come as no surprise that I loved books as a child. My grandmother was a teacher for years. The adults in my life read to me and bought me books. It was a beautiful thing! The following ten are in no particular order.

I talk about why I love books one and two in this post.

1. The Giving Tree (or really any book) by Shel Silverstein: Yes, his author picture was terrifying. Still. LOVED his work
2. Best Book of Animal Stories edited by Pauline Rush Evans: No idea where we got this but I thought it was THE BEST EVER!

3. Moving Day and every other “Happy Ending Book” by Jane Carruth: My nana had a bunch of these. I loved them so, so much! This is the only one I still have. Other titles I loved: Hoppity Gets Lost, Tiggy and the Babysitter, and Chippy Goes to the Dentist.

4. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink: My fourth grade teacher read this book aloud to us. It was taking too long and I had to know what happened next! My nana and I found a copy that looked like the above picture for twenty-five cents at a resale shop. I was so excited. I read it so many times the cover fell off. I still have it!

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: I admit. I watched the movies first! My sister is a few years older than me and loved them so I did too. I have the boxed set of the books. My love for them is so great I traveled to Prince Edward Island with a coworker and did all things Anne!! It was divine!

6. George the Babysitter by Shirley Hughes: This book must have been my sister’s or brother’s before me. I have no idea where it came from but I loved it! For sure made i the 70s!!!!

7. Heidi by Johanna Spyri: With my name how could I not like this one? People were always giving me copies of the book as well as movie versions. The picture isn’t great but I had to use it since it has the same cover as the one I had. It was actually my brother’s first (he is 14 years older than me) and I always found it fun that he had that book way before I was born :)

8. Bernard of Scotland Yard by Berneice Freschet: Another book that my nana had. Bernard is a Sherlock Holmesian mouse! What could be better. I used to spend a lot of time trying to draw him. I am not so much an artist but for some reason I just wanted to be able to recreat the illustrations from this book!

9. Follow my Leader by James B. Garfield: My aunt Jackie read this one to me and my cousin Matt. It was a favorite of hers as a child. I loved it even if it made me terrified to go near fireworks!

10. Rascal by Sterling North: My dad introduced me to this book and read it with me. It takes place in a small town near where I grew up. I loved that I knew tha places the were talking about. As an added bonus it was an animal book! Another book that lost its cover due to rereads!

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