31 Day Blogging Challenge

Day 24 of 31 Day Blogging Challenge

Today is day 24 of the 31 day blogging challenge. If you’ve been following me through this challenge, I appreciate it. It is crazy to think that the month and this challenge is almost over! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. You can read about my other posts by clicking here. The prompt for today is, my favorite childhood books.

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I find this prompt really quite amusing as I’m writing this. Nathan and I went shopping earlier at a thrift store and this subject actually came up in conversation as we were looking at books. Mostly because we found the book The Giving Tree from Shel Silverstein, and it prompted a whole conversation about this. That is a favorite of Nathan’s. Mine is Where The Sidewalk Ends.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is one Nathan and I both agree on as being childhood favorites. I remember reading this book over and over when I was a kid. I always knew where it was located in the library of my elementary school. Somehow I would always gravitate to that area of the books, and then end up finding it before I found others. I never tried to do that, but it always happened that way.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. The title alone is catchy and hilarious to me. The title is what caught my attention when I was younger. Going to a book fair as a kid, this was the one I demanded my parents buy me. It was well-read over the years. It’s a really funny twist or rip on fairy tales, and that is what makes it so much fun.

Little Critter Stories. Nathan loved looking for the spider on every page. If I could recommend any of the books in this post, this is it. These were a huge favorite as a kid. My link gives the entire series, so not one is missed. This is a must-have for any kid collection, as far as I’m concerned. The pictures are wonderful and captured my attention. They all have a lesson in them, and it is done in a fun and entertaining way that kids can relate to.

This was another one that I’d run to when it was book fair time! I’m waiting on my buddy to get married and have kids so I can buy these for his kids.

Where the Wild Things Are. The pictures in this book were just fun for me, and it got my imagination moving! I have never been terribly imaginative, and this book would always trigger or inspire a bit more imagination for me.

James and the Giant Peach. This was a favorite of Nathan’s. I remember it being really easy to follow and a fun read. Not my favorite, but still very memorable for me.

The Lorax. Ahh, Dr. Seuss, how your books captivated me as a kid. The Cat in the Hat is timeless. Yurtle the Turtle was easily a favorite of mine. I’ve always loved turtles and I’m pretty sure it started with this book. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my all time favorite. I still read this book and watch the movie every year. I’m not even kidding. It really is a favorite, even all these years later.

Where’s Waldo is another favorite of Nathan’s. I was always impatient with these because Waldo was usually really well hidden but in plain sight. I’m not very good at them.

The Chronicles of Narnia. I had never read these when I was younger, but Nathan loved them. Nathan got me interested in them as an adult by watching the movies. I can see why they were a favorite for him, and wish I had started reading them much earlier.

Oh my word, I had fun writing this list! I hope it takes you down memory lane the same way it did for me. After making this list, I really want a close friend to have kids so I can start their book collection!

What are your favorite books from when you were a kid? Tell me about them in the comments!

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15 Comments

  • dd

    What a difference a generation makes! I read most of those to my son – 20 years ago! Growing up my books were more biblical in nature, along with the Bobsey Twins, Trixie Beldon, Adventures of Huck Fin, that kind of book eh? My parents read the classics!

  • Pip

    I agree with Charlie and the chocolate factory, my favourite as a child, the stinky cheese man looks good to. I work in schools so new book suggestions are great. Thanks

  • Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    There are some classic works on your list. mYou can’t ever go wrong with Dr. Suess–my favorite of his is Horton Hatches the Egg. My favorite chapter books were the Little House series, the Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew books. I read the Little Critter Books to my kids, but I didn’t know there was a spider on each page!

  • Lene

    What a great idea to exercise your “writing muscle” and to tell your audience about yourself. I did an autobiographical book post several years ago on my blog and it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. I love the twists on fairytales — have you ever read Fractured Fairytales? It’s a bit more for grown-ups (I think), but lots of fun.

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    You have really listed some undeniable childhood favorites here! I challenge anyone to suggest they didn’t read and love Dr. Suess. The one in your list that really caught my attention is The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. I have never heard of this but the title just grabs me. I should check this out and see if it may be appropriate for my niece.

  • Dreams Abroad

    Crazy that the challenge is almost over. That is an awesome book.”Where the Wild Things Are.” It is one of my all-time favorites! I think it teaches imagination and creativity.

  • Subhashish Roy

    Charlie and the chocolate factory was my favorite book too which was quite in demand in our railway library. The chronicles of Narnia would be interesting although I have not read them. Like Nathan I would probably see the movies.

  • Britt K

    Yes! I LOVE your list! These are the books that I grew up reading as a child. I had a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends and I read through it time and time again. It never failed to make me smile.

  • Lyosha

    That’s a big challenge and I admire you for doing that! I haven’t read anything from your list but Narnia, I loved the book esp the very first. too bad they never made a movie out of it

  • Kat

    I loved Where’s Waldo when I was little, it was so fun to try and find him. We had a Spanish version, so I could never read the text, but the pictures are enough in that book.

    Other favourites of mine were Harry Potter, The Worst Witch and The Chronicles of Narnia as well as anything by Eva Ibbotson. Such a fun prompt.

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