The topic Books I Loved As a Child is certainly one that captured my attention so how could I pass on this Top Ten Tuesday post from That Artsy Reader Girl? I was such a voracious reader since learned to read and I have so many books that I just love. So here goes ….
- Flip The Story of an Otter by Joan Wanklyn
This book is so obscure that I couldn’t even find an upright picture of it. But I read it and read it and read it again. I have the old copy from the school library and my name fills up the card, but it is almost the ONLY name on the card. What was surprising though was the complexity of the words and writing and I read it when I was 7 years old. Reading levels obviously have plummeted since I went to elementary school.
2. Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson (review)
What a world Jansson creates! I loved every character in her novels and the adventures they had were truly unique. I still re-read this book every now and then.
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
Another great world that Milo finds himself in. Not only full of fun and adventure but some very deep and valuable lessons to learn. A great read. I only wish that this wasn’t Juster’s only book.
4. Freddy the Detective by Walter Brooks
What could be better than a pig who solves mysteries? And there is no better pig than Freddy!
5. Harriet the Spy by Lois Fitzhugh
Oh boy, do I have to read this again. I remember LOVING it. And from that cover, which I have, it looks like I might have a first edition. I’ll have to check!
6. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
I’m loving this trip down memory lane. It’s reminding me how wonderfully unique children’s books used to be. No one tried to ride on the coattails of another author. Homer is definitely unique and a fun look-in at a small mid-west town.
7. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
As a child, I absolutely fell in love with this book. Why? I have no idea. I remember nothing about it except that I loved it. Time for a re-read, don’t you think? 😉
8. At The Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
These last three book are going to be “cheats” in that I didn’t read them as a child, but I should have. This one is a delightfully poignant read about a little boy with the heart of an angel. It’s so wonderful that I can’t even do justice explaining it. You’ll just have to read it!
9. The Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
I laughed myself silly reading this book. Four siblings in the country during the War come across a sand “fairy” that gives them wishes. The moral, of course, is be careful what you ask for, and the children have some hilarious adventures that are ripe with life lessons. Too fun!
10. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
This is one of my all-time favourites. Four siblings find themselves in the Lake District during the War and the sailing adventures they have are riveting. Complete with new friends, pirates and a search for buried treasure, this book is un-put-downable.
While I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of these books, I’m more interested to find out if there are any you’ve never heard of before? (other than Flip, of course. If anyone has heard of it, I’ll fall off my chair!) And also what books did you love as a child? Please let me know in the comments below!
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