Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Reminiscing ...

How about a little more reminiscing? I left off at children's books last time. So about your favorite "chapter books?" Here are a few of mine ...

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These were probably some of the first "chapter books" that I read. Mom and I read them at night for a year. I even dressed up as Laura for Halloween one year ... and again for a book report. Yes, I was a nerd.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. Webb
Classic! Don't act like you didn't love this one! I think everything he ever wrote was probably awesome, though. The Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little were his too.

Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins, The Boxcar Children
I totally loved mysteries. (And still do!) As far as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys go, I'm not particular. I liked the originals, case files, super mysteries, combined ones, whatever. I always wanted Nancy to fall in love with Frank.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Another great classic. I helped out with a 2nd grade class one year in elementary school ... maybe 4th grade? ... while kids waited on the bus. I read this book to them over several weeks.

The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Oh yes. I had every single one of these. I even joined a book club where they would send them to you in the mail. I did NOT realize that they would charge you for these books. Oops! I wanted to be Claudia because she was Japanese and Stacy because she was fashionable and from New York.

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Awesome book. I love how the little people come alive!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
My fifth grade teacher introduced me to this author. I actually got to meet him at a young author's conference. I think he signed my book.

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
I'm not sure why I love this one so much. My copy is well-worn and well-loved, though!

Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary
All of these were so great! I know people who don't like them because they call each other stupid, but I enjoyed them so much! Use them for teaching moments or whatever. :)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I loved these so much! And the movies!!! A friend and I read these all the time and traded them back and forth. Oh, the memories!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I was probably a little older when I read this book. But it's probably my all-time favorite book. Ever. I cry every time I read it. And I always wish that Jo and Laurie would fall in love and get married. And why, oh why, does Beth have to die??? But I still love it every time I read it. I then got turned on to Lurlene McDaniel's terribly sad novels about children with cancer. Intense!

A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
I can still remember sobbing in my sixth grade reading class while I read this book. And then reading it again. I probably checked this one out of the school library every 2-3 months for several years.

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
I wanted to swim with those dolphins so badly. Of course, I had a chance years later and completely freaked out ... but that's a story for another day.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished reading the first chapter book to my 3y3m old twins.

    The Enchanted Wood (from The Faraway Tree series) by Enid Blyton - it captured their imagination even though it has precious few illustrations.

    Read Aloud Dad


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