Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting my new favorite meme!
So this week's topic is: Top Ten Childhood Favorites. I had so much looking through all these old covers. They triggered so many fun memories. It made me want to re-read some of my favorites. I can't wait til my kids are a little older, so I can read these classics to them. My Mom passed down her love of reading to me. She brought us to the library all the time. My favorite thing was heading to the library on Friday and stocking up on books for the weekend.

1. The Littles - John Peterson - I completely loved this series when I was growing up. They are kind of weird if you think about it, but I loved going on all their adventures with them!

2. The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner - Classic Series growing up. I'm sure most people have read these. I was obsessed with the series and I read each one at least a few times.

3. The Baby-Sitters Club - Ann M. Martin - My absolute favorite series when I was a kid. I owned most of them and read them over and over and over. My favorite ones were the super specials. I was a part of the Baby-Sitters fan club ( Can you say L O S E R! :) I had a map of Stoneybrook that I got with one of the books and I was seriously obsessed with it. I had it memorized. I would pore over it and imagine I was babysitting with the girls!

4. American Girl - Various Authors - I read all of the American Girl books, at least the ones that were around when I was in Elementary School (Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha and Molly). I also LOVED going through the catalogs and picking out the things for my wish list!

5. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder - I remember reading this series with my Mom when I was growing up. Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired many hours of dress-up for me and my sister!

6. Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace - Just love. Love. Love. Love. I can't say enough about how wonderful these books are. They were written in the 1940's and they are still relevant today.

7. Nancy Drew - Carolyn Keene - I loved reading the Nancy Drew mysteries! I spent many Friday nights curled up and reading by my night-light with these books!

8. Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parrish - These were some of my favorite books when I first started my reading journey.

9. Mandie Series - Lois Gladys Leppard - I read a lot of Christian Fiction growing up, and Mandie was one of the most popular "Christian" series out there. I don't remember the books being overtly Christian, although they were clean.  This is a lengthy series and I think I read most, if not all of them.

10. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Betty MacDonald - I think this is one of the most fun, under-rated Children's series out there. They are completely whimsical and imaginative. My kids will definitely  be reading these when they're older!


  1. Love Nancy Drew books and BSC books. I didn't know Little House in a Prairie was a book series. I can't think of my top ten yet. Great collection :D

  2. I used to love the Little House books, and now my daughters do too. My kids also really liked the Box Car children. One of them likes the Nancy Drew computer games, but never really got into the books.

  3. Boxcar Children was an enormous favorite with my sons. Great list!

    Here's my Top Ten!

  4. Oh how did I forget The BoxCar Children? I loved those books. But The Babysitters Club books were definitely more of a favorite of mine!

  5. Great list! I forgot to put Betsy-Tacy on mine though! I used to reread those books, I loved them so much. How could I have forgotten?!?

  6. I completely forgot Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Amelia Bedelia! Loved Baby-Sitters Club and American Girl! Great choices!

    Here's mine: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday-4-childhood-favorites.html

  7. I LOVED the BSC books. I still have all of my old ones and I'm trying to round out my collection for my kids. I even went back and re-read them all about 6 or 7 years ago just because I missed Stoneybrook so much!
    I also had a lot of Sweet Valley High books, but they weren't even close to as good as the BSC were!

  8. Oh man, you included ones I forgot!! Amelia Bedelia and Mrs Piggle Wiggle!! GREAT!! Little House on the Prairie is a given... I wonder if anyone remembers the mixed up files of mrs basil e frankenwiler???

  9. OMG, I totally forgot about Mrs Piggle-Wiggle! I LOVED that book!

  10. The Littles!!! Oh, wow... totally forgot about them.

  11. I had that Babysitters Club map, too, and did you get the fan club T-shirt? I think I bought anything BSC I could get my hands on. Obsessed much? Yes, I was :D

  12. Looking for your gift card giveaway post. If you get one up email me.

  13. I completely forgot about The Littles!! I also loved the "Super Special" BSC too!

  14. I loved the Little House books and also the Anne of Green Gables series, I must do a reread of these!

    1. I watched the Anne of Green Gables movies a million times! I also loved the books. The Little House Series is a classic, I still have some of my old rumpled copies.