Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a rewind. Because I’m relatively new to the blogosphere, I chose to start my free posts with the very first TTT: childhood favorites. This is a list of my top ten children’s books (in no particular order):
1. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary – I’ve always loved Beverly Cleary and her Ramona series, but Dear Mr. Henshaw has a special place in my heart. I love that it is a series of epistles (letters) and that his biggest hero actually writes him back at the end. I also thought that the story of this boy trying to navigate divorce and his awkward relationship with his father very poignant. I guess I’ve always loved the Newberry Award winning children’s books.
2. Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – I know this has shown up a lot on my blog, but I just can’t help it. I would read about Laura and wish I were her. I wanted to sew my own nine patch quilt and be yelled at about wearing my bonnet. I wanted to hear Pa play the fiddle SO badly.
3. The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin – Ok, so if you click this link, you’ll see that The Baby-Sitters Club has gotten a makeover! I love the new covers! Anyway, these books were so much fun for me to read as a pre-teen. I loved reading about Kristy and Claudia and the gang. I cried when Stacey was diagnosed with diabetes. I absolutely LOVED Dawn’s free-spirit. I found a bit of me inside each one of those girls.
4. Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal – When I got a little older, Jessica and Elizabeth in the Sweet Valley High series replaced the BSC. I wanted their convertible. I think my favorite was one of the special books where one of them (I can’t remember) gets shipwrecked. I read that book over and over. I wanted to be just like them.
5. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – This book is one of the most neglected of E.B. White’s, I’ve found. I think it blows Charlotte’s Web out of the water. I never did really like that book … but I LOVE this one. It’s about a swan who was born without a voice. His father steals him a trumpet so he can have a voice. He goes on this epic adventure where he meets a friend and falls in love. I love whimsy (as you know by now). This book definitely has it.
6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Ok, ok. I know this technically isn’t a children’s book but I read it when I was in the 6th grade. I was an advanced reader and looking for something to challenge me. I fell in love and have loved westerns ever since.
7. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor – i thought this book was so beautiful when i read it. It’s about a family trying to stay together during the racial upheaval of the 1930′s south.
8. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien – I remember reading this book in class and being totally engrossed by it. The rats of NIMH were so fascinating and I loved that they were siphoning power from the farmer without him knowing about it.
9. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg – This is another very whimsical book. A girl and her brother run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. She’s determined to find out if Michelangelo sculpted a statue purchased by the museum. I was so interested in art after reading this book. I guess it did its job!
10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – This is another fun one! I’d say it’s fantasy. A boy goes through this tollbooth to the land of Dictionopolis. I didn’t realize it at the time, but now I know this book was meant to teach kids a bit about grammar. How fun!
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