Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a blogger's choice, so I'm going back into the archives with my Top Ten Childhood Favorites. I was a voracious reader as a child, just as I am now, so this is going to be hard! Just know that for every book/series that I put on this list, there are many more that I also liked hanging out behind it. I'm also listing Harry Potter as an assumed freebie because it was my most favorite then just as it is now!
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 with, 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 a few picture books I remember liking, along with Burton's other book The Little House and Esther Averill's The Fire Cat. I was all about the underdog!
3) Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia. Amelia Bedelia is hilarious, and as a kid, I really appreciated how the books made me see language in a different way. I once helped teach a younger kid to read using this series.
4) Lucy Daniels and Ben M. Baglio's Animal Ark (and The Dolphin Diaries). I've always been an animal lover, and as I moved into longer books, the Animal Ark series immediately drew me in. I loved the thought of being able to do good in the world by rescuing all kinds of animals. This also led me into Baglio's The Dolphin Diaries series, which, combined with my previous The Little Mermaid obsession, incited my preteen love for dolphins. From the ages of nine to thirteen, I plastered my room with dolphin stuff, and my online username was "DolphinWriter" up until late high school.
5) Matilda by Roald Dahl. Pretty much every little bookworm loved this book. Nowadays, I find Roald Dahl kind of weird and creepy (partly because his autobiography did not sit well with me), but I loved his work as a kid. In fact, I chose a boy as my "crush" in third grade because he had the same last name as this author!
6) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Gail Carson Levine was another favorite author of mine, with delightfully clever fantasy retellings of familiar fairytales. Ella Enchanted is her most beloved and acclaimed book for good reason. (I think Mary Pope Osborne, though using a different tone, appealed to the same fantasy-plus-intelligent-thought part of me with her Magic Tree House series.)
7) Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club. As a kid, I wanted to have lots of friends and be a beautiful, successful teen who took care of younger kids. What can I say? I think a lot of girls were strongly drawn to this series, and like me, read a whole ton of its books. I liked Dawn the best out of the club members and then Mallory when she joined.
8) The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse. Take my dolphin obsession, combine it with my love for music and my deep curiosity about humanity, and you get me adoring this book about a young girl raised by dolphins who is returned to human society.
9) The School Story and Frindle by Andrew Clements. Andrew Clements is another masterful author of kid lit. His work is brilliantly empowering to children and their creative spirit! As a word person and a young 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 (shhh) it's actually pretty unrealistic about the publishing process.
10) Kate Constable's Chanters of Tremaris. I credit this trilogy as being the first YA series that I read, as part of a difficult transition from children's literature into YA. Librarians were always telling me that, with my high reading level, I needed to shift up, but I was terrified of scary teenagers! I'm so grateful that these books were my introduction into the YA world, because their quality fantasy and clean content kept me there long enough to become comfortable and eventually passionate about YA. (Of course, there were many other series and books that helped me with this transition, but this one was key!)
Like I said, that was really hard to narrow down! (So yes, I cheated a little.) Thank you for reading! What were some of your childhood favorites?
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