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Monday, January 24, 2011

Ten Books I Wish I'd Read as a Child

Broke and Bookish

Top Ten Books I Wish I'd Read (or had read to me) as a Child
(in no particular order)

Before I launch into my list let me say---I'm old. :)---at least compared to the teenagers I work with everyday!

This list reflects book choices that existed when I was a child.  Most are considered classics. (What does that say about me?) There are many, many children's books that I would love to read that were published after my childhood but I didn't include them for the above reason.

Secondly, I think my childhood was literature deprived. We had very few books around the house. Those I did have, I read hundreds of times. I only recall going to the library a few times and it was the rare occasion when either of my parents read to me and my siblings.  So rare, in fact, that those precious moments are seared into my brain and are some of my happiest childhood memories.

I have read a few of the books on my list as an adult either for my own pleasure or aloud to my children.  Those books are marked with a ***.  The rest are awaiting the time when I pick them up and belatedly enjoy them.

1.  Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

2.  The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawles

3.  Black Beauty by Anna Sewell ***

4.  Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

5.  Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ***

6.  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

7.  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

8.  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

9.  Misty of Chincoteague by Margarite Henry ***

10.  Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne ***

11.  Little House on the Prairie series 
by Laura Ingalls Wilder **(incomplete)
12. Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

(OK, I know. This is really 13 books and I had to make myself stop.)

Do you notice the recurring themes of animals and adventure?

What are the childhood books you wish you'd read, or did read and loved?


  1. Anne of Green Gables = totally amazing. I loved that series passionately. Little House on the Prairie too.

  2. I wish i read Peter Pan too. Reading it as a teenager spoiled it for me.

  3. I read Black Beauty (several times), but only through that Great Illustrated Classics series. Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" is a great adventure story -- I read it a summer or two ago and enjoyed it immensely.

  4. You have a great list!
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  5. Awww, when I made my list I forgot all about The Yearling, otherwise I would have added that one too. Here's my list.

  6. My favorites from your list are the Phantom Toll Booth and the Little House books. I hope you get to read them some day!

  7. I loved Anne of Green Gables so much that for about 10 years I re-read it every year, and I still grab it when I need a comfort read. I enjoyed Mary Poppins and Peter Pan as well. the Little House books I read as a teenager and liked them but nothing more than that and have never wanted to re-read them.

  8. I wish I had read Anne of Green Gables too. I still haven't read it. It's on my to read list, though.

  9. I was tempted to expand my list as well. Anne of Green Gables and Peter Pan made my top 10, but Alice probably would have made my top 12.

  10. The Jungle Book is a good choice! I didn't think of that one. Also, I read Treasure Island last year and I think I would have enjoyed it much more as a kid.

  11. I had forgotten all about The Phantom Tollbooth. I remember really liking that one.

  12. This is a really great classic list! The only one I have really read is The Phantom Tollbooth but I don't really remember much about it.

  13. I Loved the Phantom Tollbooth when I was little, which is actually pretty nerdy. I love your list! Lots of titles I wish I'd thought of.

  14. I loved the Misty books (Stormy: Misty's Foal, etc.)so much that for one vacation my parents drove us down to Chincoteague and we actually hung out with a herd of the wild ponies at dawn. That was just about the highlight of my childhood! Thanks for reminding me...
    On the flip side, The Phantom Tollbooth scared me with its creepiness...
    L (way up in B'ham!)

  15. I actually had no idea that Mary Poppins was a book! Don't I feel silly now...

  16. Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables and The Phantom Tollbooth are all on my list too! Y'all can have the Little House books (with my maiden name Ingols and all the jokes I had to endure...got no desire for those).

    Here's the rest of my list: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-ten-tuesday-childrens-books.html

  17. I decided that I'd better add Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl to my list. I just figured out that it was published in 1964! So I was still a kid when it came out. My sister, a Reading Specialist, thinks that he is one of the all-time best Children's authors. Who am I to quibble?

  18. We read The Yearling for 6th grade English class, and I cried my eyes out! I just read Phantom Tollbooth and the Alice books last year (and enjoyed both). Mary Poppins was one of my favorites (one of my favorite movies, too). I would love to read Jungle Book and Peter Pan - have one seen the movies!

    Thanks for the encouragement last week and telling me the topic ahead of time - I posted my list this week!


  19. This is a fantastic list. All of these titles are on the list of 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. I belong to a Yahoo group that is trying to read all 1001. We just finished Phantom Tollbooth. If you are interested, seek this group out or contact me for more information. (debnance at gmail dot com)

  20. Anne, here's the link to the 1001 Children's Books group: http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/1001childrensbooksyoumustread/

    I hope to see you there!

  21. +JMJ+

    The Phantom Tollbooth is on my list, too. I really, truly, desperately wish I had had access to it when I was younger.

  22. Great List! There's a couple here I haven't heard of and will have to look them up ASAP (:

  23. Oh, good grief, woman. Read Anne of Green Gables!


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