4 Childhood Throwbacks Books

Do you ever look at your bookshelf and wonder what happened to all those books you read as a kid? I do and sometimes I miss reading those books and feeling how excited I was the first time I held them, ready to explore a new world with new fictional friends. I feel the same way when I pick up a book now, but the excitment is different when you’re a kid, and these four books are some that I will always cherish.

  1. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

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Junie B Jones, is the first book series I remember reading on my own. I remember the first time my second grade teacher read a chapter from one of the books, and after that I had to read the books on my own. I believe I owned all of her books at one point. It’s about a kindergarten girl named Junie B Jones, who gets herself in a lot of mischief. She had very strong opinions and was kind of sassy and very much so her own person. In one book she was very outspoken about becoming a big sister and in another one she cut her own hair. It’s a cute series, and it’s written for kids in first-third grade, but I still wish I had some of the books as a keepsake.


2. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

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Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing, is another great series I used to love reading. I remember borrowing them from the library and how funny Fudge was. If you’ve never read this series then you’re missing out because it’s a classic series about a little boy, Peter and his little brother, Fudge. Peter, is fed up with Fudge and all of the attention he gets. All Peter wants is for his parents to pay attention to him sometimes. The dynamic between Fudge and Peter pretty much stays the same throughout the series. They do get a little sister in one of the novels, but regardless Fudge knows how to demand the spotlight. I want to read these books again, they are definitely on my list of books to re-read.


3. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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A Series of Unfortunate Events, is such a great series that teaches children about having compassion for others. It’s about three orphans, the Baudelaire orphans who lost their parents in a fire. Now they’re being bounced around from different homes because of the evil Count Olaf, who just wants their fortune and is doing everything he can to get it. Even if it means destroying all of their chances at having a home again. I’ve always felt bad for the orphans but now as an adult I amazed at how strong they are at such a young age to deal with everything they’ve dealt with. No one believes them when they say Count Olaf is after them and the people put in charge of them aren’t the best or nicest people. It’s a tragic tale, but it’s a good series, and I already started re-reading this series and I love them just as much as I did the first time I read them.


4. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

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Captain Underpants, was my first graphic novel and it’s a great series for kids to read. It’s about these two fourth graders who create a comic book called Captain Underpants, they also pull pranks and they mistakenly turn their principal into Captain Underpants! They hypnotize him before he can expose their stunts using a 3D hyno ring. The rest of the adventures are wacky and fun. The adventures are what kept me invested because they get wackier with each book. I highly reccomend it to young kids who don’t like to read much, and considering it’s a graphic novel it won’t be so overwhelming. I love to read so the pictures were just an added bonus for me.

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