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.
31) Bunnicula by Deborah Howe & James Howe; illustrated by Alan Daniel
A book introduced to me by my fourth-grade teacher, this bizarre mystery featuring a vampiric rabbit combined two of my favorite genres – horror and animal stories.
32) There’s A Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Another book my fourth-grade teacher turned me on to was this one – to be honest, I don’t remember too much about it except that it was really funny and also kind of sad.
33) The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
A story about a mouse riding a tiny motorcycle – what’s not to love?
34) Franklin the Turtle books by Paulette Bourgeois; illustrated by Brenda Clark
Man, I get nostalgic just looking at these covers. I had almost all of the Franklin books (there were almost 30 of them) and I read them over and over again.
35) The Berenstain Bears books by Stan & Jan Berenstain
There are almost too many Berenstain Bear books to count and though I didn’t have all of them, I remember I had quite a few.
36) The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey
Kind of along the same lines as Bunnicula, this series featured a whole bunch of supernatural and mythical creatures.
37) Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Because what kid didn’t want a magical tree house that traveled through time?
38) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I was in my early teens when I read this classic and it remains a favorite of mine to this day. Like most bookworms, Jo was my favorite of the four sisters and the one I identified with the most.
39) The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Captain Underpants books were funny, gross, and so incredibly juvenile – even for kids books. Still, the toilet humor made me laugh back then (and, to be honest, probably still would today.)
40) Perloo the Bold by Avi
I know this was a favorite of mine around the fourth or fifth grade but to be honest, I can’t remember that much about it. There were rabbits, I guess? And they were fighting with wolves (or wolf-like creatures.) I just remember it being awesome.