July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.
This one was way harder than I expected because there were/are so many children’s and middle grade books I’ve loved.
Doll Bones by Holly Black– I read this somewhat recently, and I think I would have liked it a lot when I was about 7. I still liked it as an adult, but I think I would have enjoyed it more at a much younger age, but at either point I would have been disappointed that it wasn’t really a horror story like I’d been led to believe. It was still a good story, though, and one of the better children’s books I’ve read as an adult.
Roald Dahl’s children’s books– Ok, I couldn’t decide on a favorite. The Witches and Matilda are probably my top 2, but I love them both equally, but for different reasons, and I love several of his other books, so I’m just using him instead of a specific book for this one. (All the covers link to goodreads.)
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White– This is the first book-book I can remember reading on my own. And it’s also the first book I had to argue with people about, because no one around me believed a 4 year old could have read and comprehended this book 🙄 Basically, this was the book that made me realize how important books were going to be to me, and it’s still an all-time favorite of mine.
Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff– I had to put this on the list even though I haven’t seen or read a copy of this in almost 20 years. Why? Because I must have read this book over a dozen times in 4th grade. I don’t even know why I loved it so much back then, but it meant so much to me I’m still thinking about it all these years later, and I’m probably going to buy a copy for my kid soon.
I’m cheating and calling a tie between these last two! I’m sorry, but I can’t choose between these two great loves of my early childhood.
Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz– Back in my day these were three individual books that I obsessively checked out probably 30 times in the three years I was at the elementary school that had them. Now, I own this bind up and I still re-read it a lot, and even share some of the mildest with my kid who kind of likes horror, but not as much as I did/do.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine– I lived for these books before Harry Potter, and I had a decent collection. Everyone in my family knew how much I loved them and even bought me some of the VHS tapes, which I also obsessively watched when I couldn’t sneak a real horror movie into my VCR. (There are like 5 million of these, so I just grabbed one cover.)