My Favorite Childhood Reads [Top Ten Tuesday]

It is choose-your-own-adventure day at Top Ten Tuesday and participants are picking from their favorite missed topics. I read a lot as a kid, so when I got to choose my own Top Ten Tuesday subject today, I went with the very first topic – Top Ten Childhood Favorites. This is roughly in the order I read the books and really only touches the surface of what I read as a child.

1. Charlotte’s Web

I can’t tell you how many times I read this as a kid. Confession: I used to read just the end when I needed a good cry. And it was actually the baby spiders flying away that would get me bawling.

2. Babysitters Club

I devoured these as a kid. The regular series, the mysteries, the Super Specials – I read them all. And I loved the prequel released last year.

3. Where the Sidewalk Ends

I was in love with Shel Silverstein’s poems. I read them over and over and over. Such fun.

4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School

These are also stories I would read multiple times. Nine-year-old me found them absolutely hilarious.

5. Narnia

I loved to slip away into the magical world of Narnia.

6. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

I read this book in 5th grade and fell in love with it. I once had lunch with my principal and gushed about it instead of the book I was supposed to discuss.

7. Little Women

I don’t remember the first time I read Little Women but I love it to this day. The last time my mom saw me reading it a few years ago she exclaimed, “How many times have you read this book?!”

8. Streams to the River, River to the Sea

My Aunt Martha gave me this book one Christmas and I am grateful to this day. It’s a beautiful telling of Sacajawea’s story.

9. The Giver

I read this one in 6th grade. I may not have known the word dystopia at the time, but it was my entry into the genre I would end up adoring.

10. Starlight Crystal

I’ve expressed my feelings for this book before. I once read it beginning to end twice in one day. I am afraid to re-read it for fear that it is actually less than amazing.

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.

22 thoughts on “My Favorite Childhood Reads [Top Ten Tuesday]

  1. zibilee April 19, 2011 / 9:08 am

    Oh, I just loved the Christopher Pike books, and when my daughter was old enough, I gave her the entire collection. Now she loves them too! So glad to see that name on this list!


  2. Jenny April 19, 2011 / 9:56 am

    I LOOOVED Sideways Stories and Babysitter’s Club!


  3. Emily @ Eat the Books! April 19, 2011 / 10:33 am

    Great list! Brings me back to my childhood.I was thinking of re-reading the True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle a little while back–it was one of my favorite childhood books and I can’t remember why!


  4. Sandy April 19, 2011 / 10:35 am

    I can relate to Charlotte’s Web. That book was a much loved book in my house. I even named my first cat Charlotte. But the rest of my youth was spend on ghost stories and Judy Blume. And Nancy Drew. I feel regretful that I didn’t read more classics.


    • Michelle April 19, 2011 / 10:02 pm

      I read a ton of Judy Blume, too. Some Nancy Drew.


  5. Lisa April 19, 2011 / 11:19 am

    These are some great books. It makes me want to go back and re-read some of them.


  6. Nicci April 19, 2011 / 1:05 pm

    I absolutely loved Little Women growing up! It still remains a favorite now. ❀


  7. Trish April 19, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    I love revisiting my childhood reads. They remind me how I fell in love with reading.


  8. Brenna April 19, 2011 / 3:55 pm

    2,3,4 and 9 were some of my absolute childhood favorites as well! I also loved anything written by Roald Dahl.


    • Michelle April 19, 2011 / 10:02 pm

      Oh, I forgot about Roald Dahl. I read ALL of those books.


  9. Meilssa April 19, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    All except 8 and 10 were my favorites growing up! I love your choices.


  10. Cyndi M. April 19, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    Great books this week! I ordered The Giver the other day πŸ™‚


    • Michelle April 19, 2011 / 10:01 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!


  11. Gabriel James April 19, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    I think I’m one of the only guys in the world who will actually admit to reading the Babysitter’s Club when I was a kid. Obviously I identified with Logan, but I thought all the characters were really great (except maybe Shannon). I was just one of those kids who would read whatever you put in front of me. I wasn’t just a bookworm, I was a book garbage disposal. πŸ™‚


    • Michelle April 19, 2011 / 10:01 pm

      Book Garbage Disposal. I like that. πŸ™‚


  12. Michelle April 19, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    You are too funny! I actually still shudder at the thought of the baby spiders flying away. I can’t even watch the movie. Spiders, even CGI spiders or wonderful friends like Charlotte, make my skin crawl and my stomach churn.

    I am on my third copy of Little Women, as I’ve worn through all the other copies from reading them so many times. But I love that. It is a sign of a great book.


  13. Cam April 19, 2011 / 11:00 pm

    Wonderful list! The Giver was one of my top all time favorite childhood reads. The books on your list were so superb at making me the reading addict I am today. πŸ™‚

    Here is my Top Ten list for this week.


  14. She April 19, 2011 / 11:13 pm

    I LOVED The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I could totallu go for a re-read right now.


  15. Bina April 20, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    That’s a great list. Mine would look completely different, but then I’m not from the US πŸ˜€ I’ve only read The Giver recently, but now I can see why everyone loves it so.


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