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Favorite Books as a Child – #booknerd #readingcommunity

Good morning!

I thought it would be fun to discuss our favorite books as children. For many of us, our love of books started at an early age. That’s certainly true for me. Here are the ones I remember the most, and I would love to hear about your favorites!


Where it all began:

“Emma’s Pet” by David McPhail

“If You Give a Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Numeroff

“The Berenstain Bears” series by Stan & Jan Berenstain

“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka

“The Just Ask” books by Chris & Palmer Carole Arvetis (This took some digging to find, but you can still purchase these on some retail sites! These little gems taught me so much! Image below.)

“Amos The Story of an Old Dog & His Couch” by Susan Seligson & Howie Schneider

Absolutely anything by Shel Silverstein

Absolutely anything by Dr. Seuss


Pre-Teen to Teen Years:

“Babysitters Club” series by Ann M. Martin

“Goosebumps” series by R.L. Stine

“Sarah Plain & Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan


Later in life appreciation:

I was fortunate enough to be exposed to many overlooked books thanks to a Children’s Literature class I took in college.

“The Mitten” by Jan Brett

“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry

“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

“Because of Winn Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo

15 thoughts on “Favorite Books as a Child – #booknerd #readingcommunity”

  1. Wow! Where would I start? I remember the very first Dick and Jane readers. That was when I figured out I could read and I was so excited. I checked out the Grimm’s Book of Fairy Tales from the elementary school library so many times they had to make a new card for it. 🙂 I learned about sex from Harold Robbins books. A great teacher! I learned about drugs from Valley of the Dolls. The list could go and on. Books have been my educators!

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    1. I love it, Jan!!! You’re so right. Books hold so much value and are irreplaceable! Thank you so much for stopping by & sharing your own favorites. You’ve named some great ones for sure! ❤

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  2. Great idea for this post, Mar. My first-ever favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It’s one of the first books I ever checked out of the library when I was in first grade. James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web were also favorites. As a preteen, I loved all the S. E. Hinton books, The Outsiders; That was Then, This is Now; Rumble Fish. I also devoured the Chronicles of Narnia series, thanks to my sister, who introduced me to that series. There are dozens of other books as well. As a teen, I began reading biographies like No One Here Gets Out Alive. Anything music related.

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    1. Beem, you’re sending me down memory lane!! So many of the books you’ve named SHOULD have been on my list. And how could I forget about The Outsiders?
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your own favorites. This is such a great topic!! ❤

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  3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell as a young child, then IT by Stephen King as a young teen (borrowed from my English Lit teacher!), I also loved the Narnia series, and later still, Dragons of Pern by Anne McCaffrey and then A Heart as Wide as The World by Sharon Salzberg—that last one led me onto my Buddhist path and saved my life.

    Great post, Mar 💕🙂

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    1. I adore Stephen King now but don’t remember ever actually being introduced to him. He was more of a discovery for me. Your last book, I need to look up! Thank you so much for sharing, Harmony!! Some great books!!

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  4. Great list, Mar! As a kid, I loved all the Disney classics in my book set, especially Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Then I moved on to A Wrinkle In Time and The Hobbit. After that came Stephen King:)

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    1. Oh the Disney classics. Yes!! Which that reminds me of the Little Golden Books. Goodness, we could just go on and on! Such wonderful memories. ❤ Thank you for joining the fun, Denise!!

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  5. What a fun post!

    I remember starting with Dr. Seuss, and I had a fairy tale book and a nursery rhyme book that I was obsessed with. (I still have both. I read them to my kids, and I’ll read them to my grandchildren.) By elementary school, it was Trixie Belden mysteries, Caddie Woodlawn, Laura Ingalls, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (who wouldn’t want to live in a museum?). In junior high, I started reading the classics. I fell in love with Gone with the Wind, Shakespeare, and Hawthorne. I think that’s when I read The Outsiders, too, and I think I read it once a month for three years. In high school, I developed an obsession with Stephen King. I couldn’t begin to tell you my favorites now. I’ve already taken up too much of your space, and I’d need a lot more!

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    1. More time down memory lane!! I was obsessed with Dr. Seuss as a child. And nursery rhymes. I still enjoy both. I love that you share those same books with the little ones in your life. It gives those reads even more meaning. You’ve named some great books, Staci. I’m so glad you joined the fun.

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