Friday, November 19, 2010

My favorite books from childhood

I love reading. I always have, and as a child and teen I probably read a book or two a week. If I liked the book I read it in a day. Here are just a few of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head. If I found a book that I really enjoyed I would read everything the author had written, so while I didn't write all of their books down I will mention it.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett: Book Cover
I received "A Little Princess" for Christmas (or my Birthday, it all blends together) in 4th Grade. I loved the book, I loved the pictures. I love the story! Also, "The Secret Garden" is another favorite.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson: Book Cover
In 5th grade I had a teacher that really challenged my quality of reading. I had never had a teacher push me to read "literature." Ms. Solberg did that for me, and I have to admit, its because of her that my love of reading flourished mightily. When I would finish one book she had another waiting in the wings. Katherine Paterson is still one of my favorite authors to this day, as you can see below I have two more selections by her.

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson: Book Cover
"The Great Gilly Hopkins" is about a young girl who has been bounced around in the foster care system, how this poor child acts and reacts. When she ends up in a home that she thinks she'll hate she actually comes to love the foster mom and the other kids there.

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson: Book Cover
"Lyddie" about a young girl who works in a factory in the early 1900's (late 1800's?)

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi: Book Cover
"The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" is one of my all-time favorite and most read books. I absolutely love this book, even though I haven't read it for years and years. I still have my well-worn copy sitting in our guest room and I try to get visitors to pick it up and read.

Year of the Black Pony by Walt Morey: Book Cover
"Year of the Black Pony"

My 4th grade teacher read us some fabulous books that were not nearly as well-known as what some other teachers read aloud. While I don't remember every book she read that year I do remember this one "Year of the Black Pony." It was the first book she read to us. She had a mural up in the reading corner that her son (or husband?) had painted. Each book she would put up a different mural. The second book she read to us was called "Half-breed" and is also a book worth mentioning.

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Cynthia Voigt is another favorite author of mine and this is the book that began it for me. If you adults haven't read "Homecoming" I highly recommend it. This is a book I read in 5th grade and I remember thinking how long it was, but I was so sad when it was over because I no longer were a part of this family. Luckily, I found out she wrote 7 books based on this family and the series goes on for a number of years in the character's lives.

The Devil in Vienna by Doris Orgel: Book Cover
"The Devil in Vienna"

Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen: Book Cover
"The Devil's Arithmetic"

Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss: Book Cover
"The Upstairs Room"

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: Book Cover
"Number the Stars"

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene: Book Cover
"Summer of my German Soldier"

I definitely went through a World War II phase and I am pretty positive I read every single book out there dealing with this topic. I literally couldn't get enough. It was such a tragic time in history and reading about how one survived was always inspiring to me, even if it was fiction.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: Book Cover
"The Witch of Blackbird Pond"
I have always loved historical fiction and this is one of those books that wasn't nearly long enough for my liking. I really love big, thick books that I can dive into, but I loved the story very much, so I forgive it's relatively short length.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor: Book Cover
"Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry"
Another great book, that opened my eyes to the injustice of the world. I did read the other two books about the same family. "The Road to Memphis" and "Let the Circle be Unbroken" and I enjoyed those as well.

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell: Book Cover
"Island of the Blue Dolphins"
A random award winner book that was in our bookshelf at home. I loved this story and the sequel called "Zia."

Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1) by Gary Paulsen: Book Cover
My 6th grade teacher read this aloud to us and I was enthralled with the story. Later on when I worked in a group foster home I read it aloud to some of our kids (10-18). Everyone loves a good story being read to them. I also went on and read many other books by him, and can't wait until Jameson is old enough to read him some of these "boy" books. I am always on the lookout for good boy books.

Those are a few of my favorites from childhood. Did you enjoy reading as a child? What were your favorite books?


Bridget said...

I have read all of these with the exception of two. We had very similar reading upbringings :).

If you haven't already (and I bet you have) be sure to check out Jacob Have I Loved (Paterson) and Calico Captive (Speare). SO GOOD.

I went through a WWII phase as well. I remember I really liked Stepping on the Cracks (Hahn, I think...).

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness, this brought back so many good memories of childhood!

Counting the Stars is a favorite of mine--I also had a WWII phase. :)

I had totally forgotten about "True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" and "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and don't even remember what they are about, but the titles are ringing a bell in my memory somewhere.

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards was probably my favorite ever. I still have my copy. :)