It’s always a delightful nostalgia trip to look back on the books you read as a kid. That’s why I decided to do this series so I could have a chance to revisit some of my favorites from my childhood and remember the books that got me hooked on reading in the first place.
For this series, I’m planning on doing ten posts, with ten entries each so I’ll eventually end up with my Top 100 Books from My Childhood. If this idea appeals to you, please feel free to do it on your own book blog/booktube channel/wherever you post about books. And if you do end up doing it, please post a link to your list in the comment section below! I’d love to see what books are on other people’s lists.
11) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I’m sure every kid had this book growing up – and held up the age-old tradition of sticking their grubby little fingers through the holes. (I know I did.)
12) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I read Ella Enchanted so many times as a kid, I’m sure I had the entire book memorized at one point. This charming Cinderella retelling tells the story of a girl who has been cursed (the fairy who bestowed it on her would say ‘blessed’) with obedience. So you can imagine her wicked stepmother and stepsisters take full advantage of that.
13) Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
If you like all things horror as an adult, chances are good you picked up at least one Goosebumps book as a kid – or even watched the TV show. I read tons of Goosebumps books – although I can’t actually remember if they scared me or not. Nevertheless, the covers were (and still are) iconic.
14) Holes by Louis Sachar
Holes was usually a required reading assignment, something you’d have to do a book report on at some point – but strangely, you didn’t mind because the book was so good. It’s about this kid, Stanley Yelnats, who has to go to a juvenile detention center and dig holes everyday.
15) Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
I remember my older sister started collecting the Calvin and Hobbes books and then she handed them on to me when she was done with them. I will be forever grateful for her to introducing me to these comics because Calvin and Hobbes shaped a big part of my childhood…and my adolescence…and my adult life. Words cannot express the amount of love and affection I have for this six-year old boy and his stuffed tiger. A sheer joy to read at any age.
16) Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) by Patricia C. Wrede
If The Paperbag Princess started my love for books about dragons, this book only expanded it. I love that it featured a princess who would rather be friends with a dragon than have to marry a pompous knight.
17) Bill Peet books
Whenever I list Bill Peet as one of my favorite childhood authors, I’m typically met by blank stares – which is such a shame! He was an amazing author and illustrator, able to bring to life all kinds of animal characters. And his books always had an important moral lesson tucked away without being preachy or boring. His books were also some of the first ones I ever remember reading that addressed environmental issues.
18) Curious George books by Margaret & H.A. Rey
Curiously enough (ha!), I don’t remember reading the original Curious George book – just the one where he swallows a puzzle piece and the Man with the Yellow Hat has to take him to the hospital. I don’t blame George for eating the puzzle piece – if I had been kidnapped and taken from my jungle home to live with a man wearing a ridiculous hat, I would have made a suicide attempt, too.
19) Silverwing trilogy by Kenneth Oppel
Hands-down, the best series I’ve read about a bat. Okay, it’s the only series I’ve read about a bat – but it’s still super awesome. It was one of those series I could never get tired of and I remember reading it multiple times as a kid.
20) The Baby-Sitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
Looking back, it seems strange that I was such a big fan of this series – I don’t even like kids that much. Still, I think it was the girls’ friendships and all the drama and stuff they had to deal with that appealed to me. (Side note: I just checked on Goodreads and there are over 100 of these books! There’s no way I read that many as a kid – I may have read fifteen or twenty at the most.)
Feel free to tell me what some of your favorite childhood books are in the comments below!