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These are the books that got me excited about reading. It was easy to get a list of 10 but harder to narrow it down!
- The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner | I loved this series. There were a series of birthdays/holidays where I was gifted one or more of this series and I loved everything about it. Who doesn’t have fond ma
- The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin | My pre-teen love affair. The reason I started babysitting (and then realized that books did not capture all the difficult children I would have to deal with!).
- Goosebumps by R.L. Stine | Goosebumps will always remind me of the Scholastic Book Club day at school. Stine was the most popular author and it was always a fight to get any of his books.
- Animorphs by K.A. Applegate | I was obsessed with this series. OBSESSED. Kids who change into different animals to help an alien race. Yes please!
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine | To this day, this is still one of the most well written books I read as a kid. The story was actually pretty complex and Levine’s writing had be re-reading this for a full year after I discovered it.
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar | Another Scholastic Book Club classic order. I think between my brother and I we owned all of them at one point.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein | I still own this book, its battered and weathered from countless readings by my siblings and I. Silverstein will always be one of my favorites and I book I plan to read to my kids.
- Dr. Seuss | I have countless fond memories of my mother reading Dr. Seuss to my siblings and I.
- Watership Down by Richard Adams | Nerd moment, my childhood friend and I used to play this on the playground in 3rd grade. Yes 3rd grade – we were advanced readers and had managed to read all of it and then force other kids to play with us.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien | My mother read this to me and I will always remember how much I loved it. Back when libraries had the paper check out cards I think my name was on here the most.
What are some of your childhood favorites?