Some of our favorite childhood books stay with us forever. We learned to love reading at a young age and continue to remember the books that got us started. We asked our audience what their favorite childhood books were: What we got was a serious trip down memory lane!
Here are some books that our audience loved from their childhood:
1) Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss, Inside Outside Upside Down by Jan and Stan Berenstain, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
“The first books I could read by myself were Hop on Pop and Inside Outside Upside Down. I read them to my parents over and over again. When I got a little older my favorite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I read it to my younger sister.” –Mary Jenkins
2) Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, and book by Roald Dahl, and MORE!
“I loved the Nancy Drew books, Series of Unfortunate Events, Percy Jackson, any book by Roald Dahl, especially Matilda, Hatchet books and the Humphry Hamster series. Just a few books you would find on my childhood bookshelf.” –Jolene Pollich
3) Malory Towers and the St. Clare’s books by Enid Blyton
“For me, it has to be the Malory Towers and St Clare’s‘ books by Enid Blyton. I still have my original copies, which were very well loved before they came to me 30 years ago, and I read and reread them so many times. The books are falling apart, but I can’t bring myself to replace the aged copies (especially as the new editions have been updated with more politically correct names and language), so I downloaded them in Kindle format, and continue to read them frequently.” – Rhiannon Bartholomew
4) Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman
“Kruistocht In Spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman. It means Crusade In Jeans. It’s a story of a young boy who gets by mistake send back to the Children’s Crusade. His parents try desperately to find him and find a book illustrated and written by a monk travelling with the Crusade who show a young lad performing miracles and saving children. They realise that is their son and try to get him returned. The boy in the mean time knows that the route taken by two ruthless monks and a gullible shepherd is not leading to the Holy Land where the sight of children is supposed to scare the saracens away with their innocence. The main children are living in poverty while the monks live in relative comfort. When he questions this, he is accused of witchcraft and being a child of the devil. He manages to survive this but after many adventures they reach the Italian coast and the ultimate goal of the monks becomes clear, child slavery. The children riot and the evil men die while the good monk who catalogued the travels promises to return with the children. The lad is returned to his parents at the end.
Note to reader: there were Children Crusades in real life
There is a film in English called Crusade In Jeans. The film is not as good of course.” – Désirée Meats
5) Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, and Famous Five Seires by Enid Blyton, and Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope
“Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, Famous Five Series all by Enid Blyton, and Bobbsey Twins. Wish those days would come back.” – Niranjanah Arulvelan
6) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
“Bit of an oldie but I loooooved them, The Secret Garden and The Water Babies. I think I was the only kid reading that old stuff in my neighbourhood; picked up the old words so people looked at me strangely when I talked.” – Maggie Galbraith
7) Heidi by Johanna Spyri
“Heidi….I imagined myself up in the mountains in the clear sharp air, i can hear the cow bells even now and I’m 67, the grandfather wasn’t scary to me, my own father was much more scary, and I wanted for myself the little attic bedroom, to this day I think of Heidi when I eat fresh bread and cheese.” – Dorothy Coburn-Atherton
“My favorite book I read by myself as a child was probably Heidi by Johanna Spryi. I thought it was so beautifully descriptive and the characters leapt off the pages. I must have read it 100 times and I still read it at least once a year. – Arlene Henriques
8) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and MORE!
“Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Winnie The Pooh, Fram the Polar Bear, White Fang, Heidi, Hans Christian Andersen’s books, stories written by Jules Verne and so many other more. It’s just impossible not to have more then 10 stories that you loved as a kid ” – Itoshi Hana
9) “Oh, so many…”
“Oh, so many … if I had to pick, I’d say the Mallory Towers series by Enid Blyton. But I also loved The Worst Witch books, a story book I have called “Fairy Stories For Bedtime, The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Bass and countless others” – Haley Byrne
*Some quotes have been altered due to typos*
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