In Celebration of National Library Week: “What Was Your Favorite Book as a Child?”

I want to thank my husband, Steve Parker, for this beautiful and thoughtful introduction!

Celebrating National Library Week truly allows all who share the love of reading to reminisce and reflect on our favorite books that influenced us in our informative childhood years.  The anticipation of spending quality moments with a book that creates everlasting memories in our lives is a treasure that cannot be equaled.  Everyone can experience a wide range of emotions by discovering or revisiting the building block of our lives through the pages of a book.  Share your thoughts with others! We have a special week to endorse our libraries and reward ourselves by communicating with other readers.  Be good to yourself and take time to indulge yourself with a “good book.”  I know I will.

This past Sunday morning Steve and I were discussing the beginning of National Library Week and the affect books have on children.  It didn’t take us long to share what our favorite book(s) were.  Steve’s was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell.  Mine were, from the Nancy Drew Mystery Series, The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene and Louisa Alcott,: Girl of Old Boston, by Jean Brown Wagoner.  I have a copy of each of these books on display in our reading room.  From our discussion the idea was born: what if I ask others what their favorite children’s book was.  I sent out emails to family and friends. I also posed the question to my followers on Twitter. Our daughter, Sarah, posted the question to followers as well.   It didn’t take long for the responses to start coming in!  It was overwhelming!  Not only did I receive book titles but I also received some endearing short childhood memories from some.  Here are a few I’d like to share:

Jane Riva, “I couldn’t wait for my dad to come home from work.  I would climb on his lap, and he would read me this book. Then, I would stay on his lap when he read the newspaper.  This was a pre-dinner ritual!”

Gordon Duguid, “My favorite book when I was a kid was Scott’s Ivanhoe, which your Mother made me read in 7th grade!”

Kendra Olson, “I didn’t like Nancy Drew because my cousin Sally and I would play Nancy Drew and SHE ALWAYS WAS NANCY DREW!” 

“What Was Your Favorite Book as a Child?”

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – by Dr. Seuss

Submitted by: Marcie Koehler

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson  @Stefaniya

Alice in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll

                Submitted by: Patty Wagner

Alligator Pie – by Dennis Lee

                Submitted by:  Robin McPherson @uglyshirt

Amelia Earhart biography – Various authors

                Submitted by: Jennifer Scheri

Anne of Avonlea – by L.M. Montgomery

Submitted by: Amanda Marx @amanda_marx

Anne of Green Gables – by L.M. Montgomery

                Submitted by: Amanda Marx @amanda_marx

Anne of Green Gables series – by L.M. Montgomery

                Submitted by: Amy Stumpf and Sarah Varga @SarahVarga

Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Gena Wallin, Tiffany Wheeler, Katie Hartauer, and Dee Stewart @deegospel

Berenstain Bears “B” Book – by Stan Berenstain

                Submitted by: Cheri Hovius

Berenstain Bears Series – by Stan and Jan Berenstain

                Submitted by: Caitlin Mills @crmills

Big Doc’s Girl – by Mary Medearis

                Submitted by: Mary Caba

Big Red – by Jim Kjelgaard

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Black Beauty – by Anna Sewell

                Steve Parker and Fran Ogden

The Black Stallion – by Walter Farley

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

Blubber – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Gena Wallin, Tiffany Wheeler, Janice Johnson, and Dee Stewart @deegospel

The Boxcar Children – by Gertrude Chandler Warner

                Submitted by: Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl   and  Yvonne Smith

Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Patterson

                Submitted by: Jenna Maierhofer

Caddie Woodlawn – by Carol Ryrie Brink

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

Caps for Sale – by Esphyr Slobodkina

                Submitted by: Jane Riva

Cat in the Hat – by Dr. Seuss

                Submitted by: Kendra Olson

Charlotte’s Web – by E.B. White

Nadine Maierhofer, Becky Meier, Dee Stewart  @deegospel  & Sally Royer-Derr @sallyroyerderr

Childcraft:  Storytelling and Other Poems, Volume #2

                Submitted by: Beth Kimes

Choose Your Own Adventure Series – by R.A. Montgomery

                Submitted by: Matt Maldre @spudart

Chronicles of Narnia – by C.S. Lewis

                Submitted by: Kathy Burkhead

Cinderella – by Charles Perault

                Submitted by: Laurie Evans

Danny and the Dinosaur – by Syd Hoff

                Submitted by: Hope Fabris

Danny The Champion of the World – by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Emily of the New Moon – by L.M. Montgomery

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – by Margaret Sidney

                Submitted by: Sue Gumm

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg

                Submitted by:  Amanda Marx @amanda_marx

Garbage Delight – by Dennis Lee

                Submitted by: Robin McPherson @uglyshirt

Go, Dog. Go! – by P.D. Eastman

                Submitted by: Janet Kiper

The Golden Egg Book – by Margaret Wise Brown

                Submitted by: Kendra Olson

Goosebump Series – by R.L. Stine

                Submitted by: Caitlin Mills @crmills  & Samantha (Parker) Foster

Green Eggs and Ham – by Dr. Seuss

                Submitted by: Amy Stumpf

The Happy Hollisters – by Jerry West and Helen S. Hamilton

                Submitted by: Kathy Baker

Hardy Boys Series – by Franklin W. Dixon

                Submitted by: Kathy Baker, Kathy DeSerf, and Cathy Bergstrom

Harold and the Purple Crayon – by Crockett Johnson

                Submitted by: Caitlin Mills @crmills

Harriet the Spy – by Louise Fitzhugh

                Submitted by: Stephanie @KeertanaA  & Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Harry the Dirty Dog – by Gene Zion

                Submitted by: Hope Fabris

Heidi – by Johanna Spyri

                Submitted by: Gerry Vicini, Nadine Maierhofer, and Yvonne Smith

Helen Keller biography – Various authors

                Submitted by: Jennifer Scheri

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams

                Submitted by:  David Despain @daviddespain

Ivanhoe – by Sir Walter Scott

Submitted by: Gordon Duguid

James and the Giant Peach – by Roald Dahl

                Submitted by: Jennifer Scheri

Jean and Johnny – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by: Mary Caba

Jennie – by Paul Gallico

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Johnny Tremain – by Esther Forbes

                Submitted by: Laura Frizol

Let’s Be Enemies – by Janice May Udry and Maurice Sendak

                Submitted by: Beth Kimes

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe – by C.S. Lewis

                Submitted by:  Dee Stewart @deegospel

Little House Series – by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Submitted by: Amy Stumpf, Patty Wagner, Cheri Hovius, Reagan Stevens,

Laura Frizol, Kimberly Moniz @kimmiekm  & Maggie Hachenberger

The Little Prince – by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

                Submitted by: Zoraida  Sambolin @nbczoraida

A Little Princess – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

                Submitted by :  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

The Little Red Caboose (Little Golden Book) – by Marion Potter

                Submitted by: Susan Warning

The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book ) – by Diane Muldrow

                Submitted by: Susan Warning

Little Red Riding Hood (Little Golden Book) – by Mabel Watts and Joe Ewers

                Submitted by: Laurie Evans

Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott

Submitted by: Gerry Vicini, Amy Stumpf, Kendra Olson, Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl  Ronnie Uebel, Mary Caba, and Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Lord of the Flies – by William Golding

                Submitted by: Dave Mason

Louisa Alcott: Girl of Old Boston – by Jean Brown Wagoner

                Submitted by: Kathleen Parker @marianslibrary

Maniac Magee – by Jerry Spinelli

                Submitted by:  Andrew Shipp @Andrew_ShipPR

Mary Poppins – by Dr. P.L. Travers

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – by Virginia Lee Burton

                Submitted by: Kellee Widman @kelleew

Miss Nelson is Missing – by Harry G. Allard and James Marshall

                Submitted by: Jane Couto  @JaneHCouto

Misty of Chincoteague – by Marguerite Henry

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

The Mousehole Cat – by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley

                Submitted by:  Madeleine Milan @maddymilan

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – by Robert C. O’Brien

                Submitted by: Sherry Neimann

My Darling, My Hamburger – by Paul Zindel

                Submitted by: Beth Feldman @rolemommy

My Side of the Mountain – by Jean Craighead George

                Submitted by:  David Despain @daviddespain   

Nancy Drew Series – by Carolyn Keene

Kathy Baker, Kathy DeSerf, Katie Hartauer, Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl  ; Kathy Burkhead, Cathy Bergstrom, Laura Frizol

Noisy Nora – by Rosemary Wells

                Submitted by: Tiffany Wheeler

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – by Dr. Seuss

                Caitlin Mills @crmills   &  Beth Kimes

The Outsiders – by S.E. Hinton

                Submitted by: Lisa Reilly @lgreilly

Paddington Bear Series – by Michael Bond

                Submitted by: Stephanie @KeertanaA

The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @stefaniya

The Pokey Little Puppy – by Jean Sebring Lowrey

                Submitted by: Laurie Evans

The Polar Express – by Chris Van Allsburg

                Submitted by: Trey Evans

The Princess and the Goblin – by George MacDonald

                Submitted by:  Monica Owens @Monica2point0

Ralph & the Motorcycle – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by: Lainey Canevaro   @Lainey

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by: Kimberly Moniz  @kimmiekm

Ramona Quimby Series – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by:  Maggie Hachenberger and Sally Royer-Derr @sallyroyerderr

The Raven – by Edgar Allen Poe

                Submitted by: Doriano Carta  @Paisano

Rikki-Tikki-Tembo – by Rudyard Kipling

                Submitted by: Dee Marik

Roller Skates – by Ruth Sawyer

                Submitted by: Pearl Patarozzi

Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine – by Evaline Ness

                Submitted by: April E. @eileen53

Sammy the Seal – by Syd Hoff

                Submitted by: Kim Krueger @Traegonia 

The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson @stefaniya

Secret of the Old Clock: Nancy Drew, Book 1) – by Carolyn Keene

Submitted by: Kathleen Parker @marianslibrary ,  Monica Owens @Monica2point0  & Sue Gumm

See Jane Run – by Joy Fielding

                Submitted by: Jane Sack

Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Patty Wagner, Janice Johnson,  Dee Stewart @deegospel

The Story of Little Black Sambo – by Helen Bannerman and Christopher Bing

                Submitted by Dee Marik

Superfudge – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Shane Severson, Tiffany Wheeler, and Janice Johnson

Surprise Island (2nd in the Boxcar Series) – by Gertrude Chandler Warren

                Submitted by: Marcie Koehler

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Eric Misener, Tiffany Wheeler, Janice Johnson, and Dee Stewart @deegospel

The Thornbirds – by Colleen Mccullough

                Submitted by: Jane Sack

The Tomb of Ligeia – by Edgar Allen Poe

                Submitted by: Doriano Carta  @Paisano

Trixie Belden Series – by Julie Campbell

                Submitted by: Ronnie Uebel and Laura Frizol

The Velveteen Rabbit – by Margery Williams

                Submitted by: Becky Meier & Kim Fabiano Fassetta  @kimberlyfab

When We Were Very Young – by A.A. Milne

                Submitted by: Phoebe Antonio @PhoebeAnt

Where the Red Fern Grows – by Wilson Rawls

                Submitted by: Sarah (Parker) Evans @PRsarahevans  &  Dave Mason

Where the Sidewalk Ends – by Shel Silverstein

                Submitted by: Gena Wallin

Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak

                Submitted by: Katie Hartauer

Winifred’s New Bed – by Lynn Howell

                Submitted by: Kallie Parker

The Wizard of Earthsea – by Ursula  K. Le Guin

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

A Wrinkle in Time – by Madeleine L’Engle

                Submitted by: Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl   & Eric Vroman

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories – by Dr. Seuss

                Submitted by: Kathleen Parker @marianslibrary



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10 responses to “In Celebration of National Library Week: “What Was Your Favorite Book as a Child?”

  1. Denise

    Trixie Belden books, everything by Judy Blume, and Jane Eyre.

  2. bee

    Did I miss my chance to add my two cents? The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace are my all time favorites.

  3. w00t! thanks for the shoutout to the Choose Your Own Adventure Series. 🙂

  4. Mom – I am so proud of you. This was a beautiful and inspiring post. Your passion for reading shines through in each of your posts. I think you’ve found your newest calling…plus it looks like Dad is getting in the mix. I love you and the way you spread the joy of reading with others.

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  6. I read Sarah’s post about you and had to check this out. Reading this list brought back such wonderful memories–of my own childhood and reading to my own kids.
    PS I’m with your husband–my favorite was Black Beauty.

    • Thank you for your kind words! Many have commented the same thing that as they read through the list fond memories instantly came to mind with these titles. Glad you and my husband chose the same book! It took him less than a few seconds to choose his book!
      Happy Reading and visit my site again!

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