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Top Ten Tuesday – A Trip Down Memory Lane to Revisit Favorite Books from My Childhood

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Childhood Books.  This topic was somewhat challenging, but only because I did a similar one a couple of years ago where I shared favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia, Winnie the Pooh, etc. and didn’t want to just share the same books all over again.  I do always enjoy trips down memory lane like this though, especially in this case because it’s fun to see how eclectic my reading tastes were even way back when.

 

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Top Ten Favorite Books from My Childhood

 

1, LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS

The Poky Little Puppy was always my favorite Little Golden Book,

but I had a whole shelf of these growing up that I read over and over until the covers started ripping off.

 

2, THE CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE SERIES

This was another set of books that just brought me so much joy.

I remember re-reading them often, trying to see how many different versions of the story I could come up with.

 

3, CURIOUS GEORGE

Such a fun series! I loved these books when I was a kid and also loved sharing them with my son

once he was old enough to enjoy the antics of that silly little monkey.

 

4, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET by Judy Blume

Judy Blume was a staple of my childhood reading.  I think I shared some of the Fudge books the last time I did a list like this,

but I also loved this book especially as I got closer to the preteen years.

 

5, THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT by Paula Danziger

I always loved the protagonist Marcy in this book.  When I was a kid, I found her very relatable.

 

6. LITTLE HOUSE COLLECTION by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I was completely obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie books when I was a kid.  I loved Laura and her family, especially Pa.

 

7. BEEZUS AND RAMONA by Beverly Cleary

My love for books that feature siblings, especially sisters, dates all the way back to when I first read the Beezus and Ramona books.

Beverly Cleary is one of the main authors who gave me my love of books and it all started right here.

 

8. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell

The dolphins always drew me to this story, but what I loved about it in the long run was that it was a survival story.

I think this was the first one I ever read and I’m still drawn to survival stories today.

 

9. CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG by Norman Bridwell

I’m pretty sure my love of large breed dogs comes from the Clifford series.  I remember getting excited every time the book fair would come to my elementary school

because it meant there was a new Clifford book for me to read.  I loved reading these with my son too and watching the TV show with him when he was a toddler.

 

10. SWEET VALLEY HIGH SERIES by Francine Pascal

As a preteen and even into my early teen years, I was obsessed with these books. I could not read them fast enough.

I remember reading them as a middle schooler and wanting to be like Elizabeth when I got to high school.  Heck, these were such fun, if I saw a copy of one of these lying around somewhere today, I’d still probably pick it up and read it, lol.

 

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What are some of your favorite childhood reads?  Do we share any favorites?