Hello, friends! I said at the beginning of the summer that I was going to do either Top Ten Tuesdays or tags on Tuesdays all summer and them spent an entire month just doing tags and ignoring the whole top ten part. Today, I change that as I talk about some of my favorite books from childhood! I have been wanting to do this for a while now, so this topic was especially fitting.
Now, onto the list. I know that the purpose of these posts is literally to rank things from least favorite to favorite or vice versa, but I am almost always incapable of doing that, so for this one I will just been listing ten books that were important to me at different points of my life in chronological order. Like, I will be starting with toddler and early early childhood years, then moving onto elementary school with books I would have actually read myself.
My mom loved this book so much when I was a baby. She would read it to me all the time. I just brought it up a few minutes ago since I am writing this at my grandparent’s house where we are all hanging out together and she started to quote it from memory. Since she loved it so much, she was super into it when she would read it out loud to me, which made me want to read it all the time. If you haven’t read this book yet, it so cute and sweet and wow I love it a lot. If I ever have kids (not likely?) I will definitely read this to them.
“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.”
I have spoken about this book before in some book tag, but I love this book a lot. Once again, it is one of my mom’s favorites that became my favorite. If you haven’t gathered yet, I tend to like the things my mom likes in terms of media (please don’t ask me how many times we’ve rewatched Gilmore Girls together, it’s unhealthy). The whole message of this book is one I really enjoy and I think it is great for kids in general. Once again, if you haven’t read this one yet, I would recommend checking it out.
This is a vaguely religious series that I was obsessed with as a child. My local Christian book store had this thing where whenever you read this book you got your name entered into a thing where your name could be drawn out of a lottery for a gift card to the store. I don’t think I ever won it, but I do know that I read all 24 of them, most likely five or six times each. Now that I think about it, this may be where my obsession with rereading began. Glad to figure out where that started, finally. That being said, I don’t remember much about these books other than that I was obsessed with them.
I don’t know if I read these or the next books mentioned first, but they were both equally important to my childhood. These in particular have a special place in my heart because I bonded with my grandfather over them. His elementary school teacher would read them to him so when he saw me bringing them everywhere with me, he would talk to me about them. He would even start reading the ones I owned after I finished them. It was like some sort of little mini book club with just the two of us and it was really nice and special.
I don’t remember much about reading this series, but I am fairly certain I read them all. I have one oddly specific memory was sneaking into the attic late at night (I thought I was like, all that and a bag of chips for doing that all the time but I now realize how loud all of the floorboards are in my house and know for a fact that my parents knew exactly what I was up to) and grabbing the five or six I owned myself and reading two or three of them before I went to bed. That was the first of many times I would stay up way too late reading.
I put the volcano book as the picture because it was one of my favorites. My favorites also include the Greek and Roman ones because my classics obsession started from a young age. I feel like these were not an integral part of my childhood, but I did enjoy them a lot and I read a whole bunch of them so I feel like they earned their spot on this list (that is not ranked by anything because I hate ranking). I feel like these are a well read childhood series, so let me know your favorite in the comments if you also read them and had favorites.
This series and the Little House on the Prairie show were two essential parts of my childhood. I would come home and watch the show with my mom like all the time, I can still think of random quotes from random episodes even though I haven’t watched them in forever (though they are on amazon prime now, maybe I will have to do a rewatch). Since I loved the show so much, my mom bought me the box set of the books for Christmas one year and I read them all multiple times. I feel like I need to do a reread soon to figure out how I feel about them as an adult.
This book was read to me in school and I loved it so much I made my mom buy me it and all of E.B White’s other children’s books, which I proceeded to ignore and only read Charlotte’s Web one or two more times. I loved this story, it was sweet and heartwarming but also the ending killed me. I also loved the movie which I watched in school, I should rewatch that soon too.
I feel like this is one of the weirdest books on this list, so let me explain. My mom is super into all of those Christian Amish love story books, so when my aunt saw this children’s one she bought it for me for Christmas. I remember that I actually enjoyed these stories, I read the whole thing fairly quickly. Also, this is another example of me enjoying the same media as my mom, though I don’t think I will start reading the adult romance ones of this variety anytime soon.
I feel like this will be at the top of most people’s list as it is one of the iconic children’s series that defines most people’s childhood. It didn’t really define mine though? My parents weren’t a fan of this series for religious reasons, but they let me read the books. They didn’t, however, let me watch the movies. Apparently watching the story instead of reading it was more dangerous for me. Despite their disapproval, I read the entire series when I was eight within the span of like a month and loved every minute of it.
Welp, those are ten books/book series that defined my childhood in no particular order because I have an inability to rank things. But what about you guys, what books defined your childhood? Let’s chat in the comments!