Her Favorites: Books from my childhood

I thought I’d mention a few of the books that made me fall in love with reading as a little girl. There are so many more though, I may have to do a part 2 of this post!

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My grandmother has the box set that includes all the little books like Tales of Peter Rabbit & Tale of Two Bad Mice. I loved those books and they were the first thing I dug out of the closet when we went to visit her. I keep looking for my own box set that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg because I’d really like to have these books. I think my grandma’s set will most likely go to one of the other grandkids. 
I had the complete set as a girl. I’m hoping they’re in a box somewhere but they may be lost forever. I loved the magic of these books. They are the first books that made me fall in love with the fantasy genre.
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Hmm. I’m starting to think that my obsession with series started at a young age. I own almost all of these books. The Hitchhiker was my favorite of them all. It ends with a piranha pit. Can’t get any scarier than that! My sister, on the other hand, read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, which we also watched on TV on occasion. I used to stay up late curled on my bed under the blanket, with a flashlight and these books, and nearly scare the pants off of myself. 

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Space Witch by Don Freeman (also the author of the Corduroy books) 
I absolutely loved the story of Tilly Ipswitch who decides to travel to outer space with her cat. I was captivated by stories of witches thanks to movies like The Worst Witch. Wasn’t that a great movie? 

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I have no idea what first drew me to this book but I must have checked it out from the Summit Elementary library a hundred times. I kept going back for it and reading it again and again. I was always disappointed when I would go to the library and find that it was already checked out. I started hiding it on other shelves just to ensure that it would always be there for me. I think I found her strength and her journey totally compelling and inspring.
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This is a wonderful book. The story is sweet and funny and the illustrations are fantastic. Imagine my delight to find that Andy had read it as a kid too and that his mom still has a copy of it. Another example of a child being independent and taking care of himself. I was always drawn to those types of characters.

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I loved Berenstain Bears books but this one was my favorite. Again, the illustrations and the slightly frightening storyline (well frightening as a little girl) excited me. 

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Another series love. I wouldn’t be a typical girl in the 90s if I hadn’t read at least one Babysitter’s Club book (and also tried to start a Babysitter’s Club of my own.) In fact, I owned several of these books. It was, of course, Mary Ann who I identified with the most, but I always wished that I was more like Dawn.

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Another fantastic children’s book. I found a reprint of it and it’s great but I really wish I had an original copy. It’s a story about a cloud and the wind who eventually become friends. Again, wonderful illustrations. 

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Little Golden Books were a staple at our house, as I’m sure they were in many homes. So many of them I loved, but this one sticks in my mind the most. It’s a story of a little girl who never cleans her house, so it finally gets up and walks away. It seems that cleaning my room was a constant battle between my mom and I while I was growing up. I used this book to remind me why my mom was so adamant on taking care of my possessions by putting them away each day. It worked, because my mom’s habits of cleanliness and respect for the things that we own is a big part of who I am today. She always taught us that we can show our gratitude for the things that we have been blessed with by taking care of them.

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My fascination with far off places and traveling started at a young age. This book fueled that interest. It’s the story of a doll and the journey that she takes around the world, the exciting things she sees and the many people who own and love her along the way.

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One of my favorite authors. My copy of this book is well worn and used. I’m not even sure how many times I’ve read it. 

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Mr. Men & Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves
Loved these books, the silly characters and the vibrant illustrations. I found a complete set of them at a used book sale here on campus a couple of years ago and bought them all up.

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Yet another series that I devoured as a kid. And what drew me to it? The character’s independence and ability to look out for themselves. That seems to be a strong theme of my childhood. I know the reason for this so it doesn’t surprise me that these types of books were favorites of mine.

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An absolute favorite and another that I can’t count the number of times I’ve read it. I adored Claudia Kincaid’s ‘brilliant’ plan for running away and living at a museum. This book began my fascination with museums and history. I owe a lot to this book.
 That’s a lot of books! But there are so many more that I’ve loved over the years.
What’s one of your favorite childhood books?