Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic was favorite bookmarks. Since I don’t really have any, I looked through past topics until I found one that sounded like fun. Here we go!
10 Favorite Books from my Childhood
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I loved all the Pippi books. She is as just such a wild and carefree kid! I loved all her adventures.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In fact, I read the whole series, although I’ve forgotten it. But I loved them. I do still remember the library in Texas where I got them all.
The Book of Three or The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I wanted to live in that series!
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. I think I liked this one just a bit more than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I mean, I love chocolate, but I found Willie Wonka a little scary.
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill. One that my kids loved too.
Charlotte’s Web by E B White. Gentle Fern and clever Charlotte and of course Wilbur were all favorites of mine, and the illustrations really helped.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald. First, what a great name! Second, the pictures were amazing. And last, the stories were just so funny! These are great to read aloud.
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Fisher Canfield. I loved the way Betsy changed so much during this book.
Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene. I couldn’t pick one favorite, but I think this was the first series that I used my own money to buy.
Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle. Most people only know the dolls, but this was a whole series of short adventures.
There were at least 100 more I could have listed; these are just the first ones that came to mind. And I didn’t even include fairy tales or picture books! Maybe that will be another week’s list.
(Note: some of these books were old when I read them, and contain elements that don’t belong in modern books, whether it’s racist attitudes, gender stereotypes, or whatever. But I have happy memories of them all. Just be warned.)