What was your favorite childhood book?

What was your favorite childhood book? I loved the Boxcar Children.

  • Omgoodness yes! Loved this series and Little House on the Prairie.❤️

  • I loved these, as well as the Babysitters Club books and the Face on the Milkcarton series.

  • Are you there god? It’s me, Margaret. Also loved Nancy Drew Files, Sweet Valley (all iterations) and Anne of Green Gables.

  • I had several but the books I checked out of the library over and over were by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her Little House life

  • Yes! These will always be my favorite. And i liked the American girl books

  • Anything with horses. The Black Stallion, Saddle Club, Thoroughbred series, etc.

  • The wind in the willows , Mother’s west wind stories. Nancy drew.

  • I’ve never heard of these. Totally going to find!

  • Mrs Piggle-Wiggle. She was a pig that taught troublesome children manners.

  • Nancy Drew, Babysitter’s Club, and Little House series. 💕

  • The Boxcar Children series was my very favorite. The author, Miss Warner, lived down the street from me. When I was in the fourth grade, I wrote a story which my teacher gave to Miss Warner to read. I had to go to her house to pick it up. It was a highlight for me to meet her.

  • My Favorite was Charlotte’s Web. I still have (40 years later) my original copy. and then, anything Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary. Also loved loved loved the Serendipity Books.

    • Serendipity I remember buying through the Scholastic Book Fair.

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  • Little House series, Nancy Drew series, Hardy Boys series, Heidi, The Bobbsey Twins series, Ginny Gorden and the Lending Library.

  • Boxcar Children was absolutely my favorite. I was very very lucky growing up. We had a librarian in the children’s section of the library who took a shine to me. She would set aside new books for me to read, and she was always encouraging me to read books “older” than I was. I was at the library once a week after Brownies, and then Girl Scouts. The troops met right across the street from our library. That was the best day of the week for me!!!

  • Anne of green gables, Ramona Quimby,, Harry Potter, Matilda

  • When i was younger, i loved the Frances books, by Lobel. I can still hear my dad reading these to me, and snorting at some of her antics. ❤

    • I loved Frances & Loved sharing them with my kids!

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    • Did you have the records? Do you remember Mouse Soup? I can remember the songs from the Frances books, “Best Friends for Francis”: Fat boys that eat too much lunch can’t do a thing but munch and crunch and play with snakes and frogs!” 😆😆

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    • Lori I had the audio cassette of Frances – Loved all her little songs. Those books are so funny

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  • My daughters loved these & my students as well. 😉 One of my favorite chapter books i was Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

  • Always and forever The Little House books. There is never a week I don’t read a few chapters, and the entire series at least once a year. I read other things, if course, but nothing brings me the joy, peace, and comfort of Laura. Xoxoxo

  • Mio, My Son, the All-In-The-Kind Family series, Sal Fisher Brownie/Girl Scout series and Freckle Face Frankie.😊

  • Little House, Charlotte’s Web, The Bobbsey Twins, the Betsy books by Carolyn Haywood, Ramona Quimby, Anne of Green Gables.

    • Charlotte ‘s web can still bring a tear to my eye. I love that book!

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    • That’s another book on my summer list.

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  • I LOVED these books! I even had the map so I could follow their adventures and everything lol. I bought a bunch of used ones for my soon-to-arrive baby girl at the last book sale I went to. I hope she loves them as much as I did!

  • I think I read almost all of the babysitter’s club books and I love the comic updates they did to them.

  • Dog and horse books…All of the Terhune books and the Black Beauty, Red Stallion,, etc.

    • Also Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

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  • Anything by Gordon Korman
    Especially the What’s happening at McDonald hall series

    • I should take a picture of all of the Babysitter’s Club books I have. I have a TON!

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  • Boxcar Children and the Bobbsey Twins and the Five Little Peppers and How they Grew

  • I loved this series, too, and most all Roald Dahl’s books, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • My first exposure to “big kid books”( we didn’t use the phrase “chapter book” back then)was my third grade teacher reading the boxcar children aloud. I enjoyed reading it, it’s sequels and so many others to my own children- so many favorites!!

  • Anyone else ever read books by Ruth Chew? She was my favorite! Her books were about magic and witches- usually kind of quirky witches living in New York.

  • I also loved the Boxcar Children. I didn’t know it was a series then though. I checked it out of the Library so many times that the Librarian finally told me I couldn’t anymore since I was not giving others a chance to read it. I have my own copy today.

  • Does anyone remember the Zodiac Club series? I wanted to be Jocelyn, the Scorpio, because I’m a Scorpio.

    • Those sound awesome! Lol. My daughter is a Joselynn, and I’m a scorpio!
      I never read the series,but they sound cool

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  • For some unknown reason I read the Frank Meriwell series. At our library you could only check one book a week for each person in family. I was the only person in our family reading therefore I got to check seven books a week

  • Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, Lassie, Black Beauty, Lad..a dog, Ribsy, all the Judy Blume books, The Dandelion series, The Children’s Bible, Dr. Suess, The Cricket in Times Square, Heidi, Chincateauge, Make way for ducklings, any Scholastic book, Madeline, and of course Amelia Bedelia!!! Too many to count!!! 🙂

  • The Secret Land of Og? It was a cartoon too, Canadian.

  • Boys, Nancy Drew, and Alfred HItchcock’s Three Detectives.

    • Cherry Ames for sure. I also loved Sue Barton series which were older when I was young! Let us not forget the most wonderful series about Beany Malone by Lenora Mattingly Weber!

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    • Marianne oh my I had forgotten about Sue Barton!

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  • My mom was a First Grade teacher and there was a reading book that had fairy tales and folk stories in it. I can’t recall the publisher though, maybe Scott Foresman: The Bremen Town Musicians, King Midas, The Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin, Stone Soup, Snow White and Rose Red, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Hansel and Gretel… I adored that book.

  • Nancy drew series, tricked belden series, cherry anes series, a tree grows in Brooklyn, Alice in wonderland, Heidi , little women

    • You have named so many! Never heard of this one, but I got really into Paul Zendel (sp). He did Pardon Me you’re Stepping on my Eyeball and My Darling My Cheeseburger. Both I remember loving but couldn’t tell you the plot today.

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  • I was in love with the Misty of Chincoteague series by Marguerite Henry.

  • I think the Boxcar Children books are what turned me into a reader as a young child.

    • Unfortunately I never read them. But I’m watching this happen with my daughter and I love it! (She’s 7.)

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  • I grew up on the Little House on the Prairie books.

  • I also enjoyed the Bailey School Kids series, Nancy Drews, and Goosebumps

  • Anyone remember two Scholastic books, probably purchased at the Book Fair called “100 Pounds of Popcorn” and “What’s For Lunch Charlie?”

  • I used to send my Mom to the Library for books of Fairy Tales!

  • Loved the Boxcar Children. I had forgotten about them.

  • I was an avid Hardy Boys reader.

    Also, a forgotten series similar to the Hardy Boys called Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (Jupiter Jones was the lead of the three Boys).

    • Jupiter Pete and Bob wasn’t it. I loved those

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  • Cherry Ames. A nurse that had many different types of nursing jobs.

  • I’ve read a couple of those. Got me in the feels.

  • Our teacher read the first one to us and many of us read all of them checking them out from the school library and discussing the books at recess.Great books!

  • any and ALL Beverly Cleary books! Loved each and every one!

  • Loved these so much! When I wasn’t reading them, I was playing outside pretending to be one of them!

  • Johnathan Livingston Seagull, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Little Women

  • Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden

  • The Boxcar Children were magical to me. I remember my second grade teacher reading them to us. I later found out that they were written by my great aunt.

  • I loved the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik,

  • As far as a little child.. the Beatrix Potter books. They were smart and funny and had a moral. They also made sense. A bunny would likely want to go sneaking around a farmer’s garden for some goodies.

  • I loved Hunry Huggins and then Bezus & Ramona books.
    But when I found the stories about dogs in my library I read them all.

  • My daughter (now a 30-yr-old librarian) LOVED this series when she was young!

  • Winnie the pooh series….When we were young book , as well as Anne of Green Gables…The Jungle book…and any book about horses…

  • Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries and the Rosamond du Jardin books.

  • If you can find them, the Silver Chief series. They are a bit non PC by today’s standards, but still a good adventure/ crime fighting series

  • Here’s my beloved tattered copy…never read whole series, but I do collect misfit antique/thrift tea cups, saucers, lunch plates etc. My personal Boxcar collection.

  • I loved the Boxcar Children! Magic Treehouse and Series of Unfortunate events were also great.

  • My local librarian turned me on to myths and legends of the world, then borrowed books for me from other libraries, including lots of Gaelic stuff! It was in these that I first learned of Banshees and other otherwordly things of Ireland….

  • Little Woman, The Little Princess, The Doll House and any mystery series Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, etc.

  • Chronicles of Narnia. But it’s hard to pick.

  • I loved Nancy Drew and the Anne of Green Gables books. I was luck to live across the street from the library growing up and practically lived there during the summer.

  • The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Honey Bunch and the Little House series

  • Lloyd Alexander’s Book of Three through The High King. Read them all until the books fell apart.

  • Hank the Cowdog series is good, too. My boys are in their twenties and they still play the “Deadly Ha Ha Game”

  • The Karen series from the Babysitters Club! She was the little sister! It’s the first series that made me love reading!

  • Nancy Drew, Little House, and The Swiss Family Robinson. I read the latter as an adult and wondered what the draw was! lol

  • Anything Judy Blume, Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, Super Fudge, etc

  • The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, The Phantom Tollbooth, and the Chronicles of Narnia

  • Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Archie comic books. 🙂

  • Loved these! Trixie Belton and Little House on the Prairie were probably favorites.

  • Are You There God it’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

  • Heidi, Little Women, Little Men, all Laura Ingles, NANCY Drew

  • The Boxcar Children were EVERYTHING!!! I also was a HUGE Sweet Valley High and Christopher Pike fan.

    • I really wanted to run off and join the Boxcar Children. Stories well told!

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  • Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys, King of the Wind, Black Stallion books, The Great Brain books, Frog, the Horse that Knew No Master…..

  • Pippi Longstocking series and The Borrowers series and Little House in the Big Woods series

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, I’m sure when I went to Jr. high every one of the series had my name several time. School library, gotta love them 💕

  • Boxcar Children was my favorite!! Read all of them throughout my 3rd grade year!

  • Soo many!! Anything by Judy Blume, the Nancy Drew series, Little House on the Prairie, Pippi Longstocking, Beverly Cleary, anything Sweet Valley High, Enclopedia Brown, Grimm Fairy Tales, Hans Christen Anderson, anything by S.E.Hinton, Aseop’s Tales, the old Fairy Tales, anything that had animals in it (dogs, cats, etc), anything about Greek or Roman mythology, anything about King Arthur, Amelia Bedelia…anything that was i a Scholastic Book Order or Book Fair!! My Dad was very generous when it came to books!!

  • Boxcar Children, Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley High were my favorite series. The Man Who Loved Clowns was my favorite book.

  • I loved Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins. When I was a teenager I started reading scary books and liked Christopher Pike. I want to go back and read one as an adult and see if I still like them.

  • Read all the Newbery winners, especially Hittie, Secret of the Andes, Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain, Invincible Louisa, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I also loved all the Freddy the Detective series

    • I just recently read The Witch of Blackbird Pond and loved it!

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  • The babysitters club that was one of the 1st series of children’s books I read

  • These Happy Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, also Charlotte ‘s Web, Love xx

  • I can’t pick a favorite. Some I remember loving are: Anne of Green Gables, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Dragonsong, Girl Talk Series, Babysitter’s Club, Nancy Drew, White Fang and The Call of the Wild by Jack London. I could go on and on…

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Nancy Drew, any mystery by Phyllis A. Whitney, any books about ancient civilizations. The Once and Future King.

  • What’s very interesting is the selection of n
    Books picked as a child really shows about which generation to responding. Us older folks have Nancy Drew, Heidi
    Little House on the Prairie etc while the new “kids” have Judy Blume etc. Interesting

  • Anyone remember the Animorph books? My daughter loved them! And yes, she has kept them all.

    • I remember them..I worked in a bookstore when they were popular

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  • Stuart Little, National Velvet, Carl Sandberg’s Rutabaga Stories

  • I loved the sweet dreams romance series, sweet valley high, cheerleaders, couples, crystal falls..I was obsessed with teenage romance/high drama until about 15 😂

  • Oh so many! Berenstain Bears, Dr Suess, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, Little house on the prairie and every one after that. The list is endless

  • The Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard was my all time favorite when I was little. I also read a lot of the Boxcar Children and Little House books.

    • I loved the Mandie books! Had to get an out-of-town library card once on vacation because I needed the next book immediately! 😄

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  • I really liked Little House, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Wizard of Oz. I think Oz was the very first book I bought on my own from a book fair we had in school. I still have it to this day.❤

  • Trixie Belden 🐴. Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys both were favorites. Still like mysteries best. Before that I loved Mrs Piggly wiggly books

  • Still love and have my first grade reader Alice and Jerry. beautiful illustrations and good stories

    • One of mine too. I still cry every time Beth dies.

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  • I just read the boxcar children books for the first time 2 years ago. I found the first 8 in a thrift store and loved them! I’ve been reading them as I find them. I understand the original author wrote the first 19 and other writers took over after that. I can really see a difference with #20 and after, so I’ll just stick with the originals. The stories are clever and exciting. Mysteries are well done and love the kids. I can see why these are such well loved books.

    • I loved this book as a kid. I found in recently in a used book shop and it’s proudly on my bookshelf. And Nancy Drew and The Babysitters Club series.

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  • My son just loved the Boxcar Children. I recently introduced the books to a non-reader in my class (I teach 5th grade). At the end of the year, he was hooked and reading!

  • Nancy Drew, Little House series, Dr. Suess, Charlotte’s Web 💕

  • Five Little Peppers, Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, The Green Fairy Tale Book and all the other colors

    • We were in an antiques mall and one of the stands had copies of 8 Cousins and Rose in Bloom. I almost bought them but at $30 each, that was too rich for my blood! I m sure I can get them on Kindle for less if not a paperback versions. After Little Women and An Old Fashion Girl, they were my favorites.

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  • Nancy Drew and that roadster. Who were the nurses? I forget but I liked them, too. I adored Mary Poppins because she was all business–not a saccharine bone in her body. The biography of P. L. Travers is worth reading.

  • Heidi. I read it over and over as a little girl, imagining that I was in the mountains.

  • I loved The Hardy Boys books and Donna Parker. Heidi was my favorite!

  • Magic Elizabeth, The Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House, No Flying in the House, The Ghost in the Swing, Jenny…anything by Marguerite Henry – especially King of the Wind.

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