Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a freebie, blogger's choice, so I'm going back into the archives of this tag with my Top Ten Childhood Favorites. I'll go chronologically in my life and share the first ten books I can remember having as favorites when I was young.
1) One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. According to parental accounts, this book was a big favorite of mine to be read to from, right alongside a National Geographic article on tarantulas. Just... because?
2) Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. This is one of the few picture books I actually remember liking, along with Burton's other book The Little House and Esther Averill's The Fire Cat. Good favorites when I was young. I guess I like me an underdog.
3) Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia. Amelia Bedelia is hilarious, of course, and I really appreciated how the books made me see language in a different way as a kid. I once helped teach a younger kid to read using this series.
4) Lucy Daniels and Ben M. Baglio's Animal Ark. I've always been an animal lover and as I graduated to longer books, the Animal Ark series immediately drew me in. I loved the idea of being able to rescue all kinds of animals and do good in the world that way. This also led me into Baglio's The Dolphin Diaries. The Dolphin Diaries series, combined with my previous obsession with The Little Mermaid, incited my longtime love for dolphins. I'm not as intense about that now as I used to be, but I did really love seeing dolphins at Shedd Aquarium this summer! From the ages of nine to thirteen, I plastered my room with dolphin stuff, and, as you know, I went by the name "DolphinWriter" when I was on the Write It! boards.
5) Matilda by Roald Dahl. All little bookworms loved this book. What can I say? Nowadays, I find Roald Dahl kind of totally creepy, but I loved his work then.
6) Just about anything by Andrew Clements, but especially The School Story and Frindle. Andrew Clements is a master of children's books, let me just say. Brilliant stuff, always, very empowering to children and their creative spirit. As a word person and already an aspiring author, Frindle and The School Story had particular power for me. Most young writers I know drew inspiration from The School Story, even though it's actually totes unrealistic about the publishing process.
7) Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club. I wanted to have lots of friends and be a beautiful teen and take care of little kids. What can I say? I think a lot of young girls were strongly drawn towards this series. I read a whole ton of these. I liked Dawn the best, and then Mary Anne, and then Mallory when she joined up.
8) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. A lot of girl nerds found this book as inspirational as Matilda, with the strong and intelligent female lead of Meg. For me, it was an introduction to the world of sci-fi/fantasy, a world that I would later become very involved in.
9) J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series. Info about my progression into a Harry Potter fangirl can be found here. Jo Rowling is my girl, yo.
10) Kate Constable's Chanters of Tremaris. This trilogy was the first set of YA books that I read, after a long time of avoiding them because scary teenagers. I'm so grateful that these were my introduction into the YA world, because their quality fantasy and clean content kept me in that category long enough for me to become comfortable with the more common YA books that (brilliantly and importantly) push the limits. This series gave me a safe space to begin discovering what would become a real passion.
Thanks for reading! What were some of your childhood favorites? Let me know, and I'll see you next time for "Waiting On" Wednesday.
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