December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

As always, this feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Even as a child, I already loved books dearly. (That has a lot to do with my parents, who read to me as often as possible!) For today's posts, I picked the titles I remember reading as a child - and hope that you recognize some of your own favorites in it!

1. Any book by Dr. Seuss - As a child, it was tradition for either my mom or my dad to read to me and my sister before we went to sleep. Some of the earliest memories I have are of tottering towards my parents with a humongous selection of my favorite books from Dr. Seuss. I had a particular affinity for The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

2. Any of The Berenstain Bears books by Stan, Jan & Mike Berenstain - This was definitely another big childhood favorite! My sister and I used to argue about which one we wanted to read. My favorite (oddly enough) was about a visit to the dentist.

3. Any of The Magic School Bus books by Joanna Cole - When I got a little older, I loved The Magic School Bus.  I mean, hello, most awesome field trips EVER! I liked all the crazy adventures they got in to and the fun things I learned because of it. For this series, the one I remember best is the one about composting.

4. Any book by Shel Silverstein - I was only just getting into my groove as a reader when I had my parents buy me my first Shel Silverstein book, Where the Sidewalk Ends. I loved reading those poems and perusing the amusing illustrations for hours.

5. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner - A series about four siblings who decide to make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar? Of course I loved this series. It appealed to my sense of adventure and my family-oriented nature back then.

6. The Saddle Club series - It still saddens me that I never got the opportunity to have formal riding lessons.  But I did get to live vicariously through the characters in this series, and I enjoyed their adventures and all the horse-related activities they did.

7. Sweet Valley Kids/Sweet Valley Twins series by Francine Pascal - I was a huge fan of the Sweet Valley series, and still am.  The world and the characters were very real to me at a young age; I fancied myself to be a lot like Elizabeth and my younger sister to be Jessica.

8. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder - The strongest memory I have of this particular series is getting threatened about having it taken away from me because I couldn't stop reading while I was eating.  It was just so interesting to me and even now that I'm older, I still go back to it every now and then.

9. The Magic Attic Club series by Sheri Cooper Sinykin - This series is FANTASTIC. I'm not kidding. It was such a great way to fuel my imagination.  Imagine having access to an attic that will allow you to be transported into a different situation in time? Awesome.

10. American Girl series - I was obsessed with the American Girls when I was younger. In fact, I have two of them - Samantha and Josefina (and my sister has Molly).  I loved their stories and thought it was endlessly fascinating to read about all these different girls from different times and cultures.

11. The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin - I loved reading about all the adventures that these girls got up to, especially because it was about a set of best friends.

12. Any book by Roald Dahl - Yes, this definitely defined my childhood. I absolutely adored all of Dahl's stories; they were filmed with whimsy, imaginative scenarios and lovable characters.

13. Fairytales - I love fairy tales. I love all these fantastical magical stories. And I collected fairy tale compilations, most of which I still have. They definitely fueled my active imagination.

I know, I know, I sort of cheated by including 13 instead of 10.  But it's hard to not be enthusiastic about the books I loved when I was a child, most of which had stories or characters that continue to stay with me up until today. 

Tell me, dear blogging friends, what were your favorite childhood books?
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  1. Apparently I missed out as a child because The Magic Attic Club sounds like something I would have loved! Great list!

  2. I'm actually on the verge of wanting to buy them and reread them because they were so much fun!

  3. I haven't yet, but I definitely plan on it! :)

  4. I love that you read the Magic Attic Club. Each adventure was so different, but equally awesome. :)

  5. You have a really great list here!
    Boxcar Children, Roald Dahl, Little House on the Prairie, Shel Silverstein, The Magic School Bus!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog as well :)

  6. Ditto to the Magic Attic Club love!! I don't know anyone else in the blogosphere who has read them, but they were so awesome!!!

    Alice in Arabia was one of my favorites :)

    ~Tiffany from For Those About to Read

  7. Berenstain Bears and the dentist!! I remember that one too!! Omg i love this trip down memory lane :D

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Michele | Top 10

  8. The Berenstain Bears! Little House on the Prairie! I'd completely forgotten about those! I read most of the books you listed as a kid. Brings back memories! :)

  9. The Magic School Bus books almost made my list as well. I remember reading them so slowly because I never wanted them to end!

  10. Oh, the Babysitters Club! I wish I knew how many girls (myself included) were in love with Logan and wanted to start their own club. I just laugh thinking about it.

  11. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)February 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    we have a lot of the same books and series on our lists. and don't worry, i actually put 12! so if you're a cheater, i'm a cheater too. :)

  12. I like your selection, but my favorite of all time was Nancy Drew.

    Here's my post.

  13. Great post! I loved the Sweet Valley series too - did you read the one that came out this year with Elizabeth and Jessica as adults? It's a fun read if you haven't read it.

  14. Blah! I forgot so many books! I loved Magic School Bus, Berenstein Bears, The Cat in the Hat... Little House, Sweet Valley, American Girls. I can't believe I had a hard time coming up with books! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and for coming up with such a fun list full of memories!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  15. Michelle FabbityFabBookReviewsFebruary 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    What an awesome list! Books by Roald Dahl, and books about the Berenstain Bears- I loved that. I wanted to add more to my list!

  16. The Magic Attic Club sounds awesome! Thanks for hopping by!

  17. love all of these so so much! and Laura Ingalls Wilder has my heart.

  18. shel silverstein is beyond awesome. and i love reading anything dr. seuss to my son, it's so much fun to read aloud.

  19. Okay, your list is so similar to my list! I loved the Boxcar Children! And Babysitters Club! And Roald Dahl! And Berenstain Bears! Pretty much this whole entire list was my childhood. Alexa, you were an awesome kid!

  20. Yeah for some Berenstain Bear love! What a great series! Loved BSC (I wanted to start my own---little did I realize that it wouldn't quite work in a rural area when none of us could drive)!

    Great TTT! I want to read all my favs over again!

  21. Wow! We have so many things in common on our lists! This is awesome! I've seen a couple of lists already today and they all have some Roald Dahl on them, but none are the same. Which just tells me that his books are unilaterally AWESOME. And I LOVE that you included the American Girl books because I seriously toyed with putting them on my list, although I would have featured Felicity. Loved her. Such a great list!

  22. Loved The Berstein Bears.


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