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Alright this one is so tough, because childhood stretches a long period of time. I mean I read a ton of good books in my childhood....
So what I'm going to do is my Top Ten Childhood Faves that not enough people read/ or books that I just couldn't not list here. The first 3 will be early childhood, second 3 will be early-middle childhood, and the last 4 will be middle-late childhood (so up to age 12). Here we go.
1. The Very Hungry Catipillar by Eric Carle-I loved this one. I don't even really remember why. I just did. Definitely worth reading.
2. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister- I loved loved loved this one too. This one is about caring and giving all you have to give. It's about loving others more than yourself. This book was an absolute favorite as a child. Arguably one of my top five children's picture books.
3. You are Special by Max Lucado- This one has a geat moral message. It's about not letting what others think about you effect you. I loved loved loved this story. It's a good read with a great moral about self-esteem and beautiful pictures. Definitely recommended.
4. Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osbourne- Anything in this series was golden. I loved these novels. I have always been a historical guru, so anything history I loved. I loved the idea of being able to travel back in time and help save the world.
5. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene- This series was also golden. I loved a good mystery. Nancy was so likable, her mysteries intriguing, and the dynamics with Ned were great. I desperatley want to reread these books, maybe I will sometime this summer.
These books were around in my mom's childhood, my childhood, and are still going strong. Definitely worth reading.
6. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop- This book had history, time-travel, and was about the Medieval age (also known as one of my favorite times in fiction) what wasn't to like? This book was also the one that really made me want to start writing my own novels and the idea that came from this book finally morphed into the first novel I ever finished writing. This book definitely holds a special place in my heart for that reason.
7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- I started reading these in third grade and fell in love with the idea of wizards, Hogwarts, and the characters. I loved watching Harry battle against Voldemort. This was a series that still has me hooked and really defined my generation.
8. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - I loved loved loved this book too. The whole idea of a princess pretending to be a peasant in a land she doesn't know caught my attention immediately. The betrayal and romance in this novel also caught my attention. A great book.
9. Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards- I loved this book. I read it at lest eight times. This book was beautifully written. In this book Mandy is an orphan who sneaks out and finds a deserted cottage. She starts cleaning it up and calling it home. I loved loved this novel. Recommended to anybody, especially eight-twelve year old girls.
10. Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl- This book was the reason why I read The Goose Girl and was one of my all-time favorite childhood read. I loved the idea of a girl being locked to a tower unable to escape while princes and kings fight for her hand. A great book.
This question really made me think about all the good books I read in my childhood, and now I want to reread all of the ones I listed as well as many more. Let me just say Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish were also fantastic and really helped spark my love of reading.
What about you guys? What are your top ten childhood faves? Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.
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