Because of the one minute ’N Sync reunion at the VMAs, new Backstreet Boys tour, and listening to NOW 5 on the way to work, I wanted to share my top ten favorite books from my childhood. This list of mine spans from Scholastic Book Fairs in elementary school (remember those!?) to the beginning of middle school. In no particular order:
- Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell – How could I not love this huge dog? Plus, I was so jealous Emily Elizabeth.
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss – A Classic. Now often found in the form of a graduation card.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein – I remember memorizing poems and reciting the lyrical greatness for my parents. Why? No idea.
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – More Shel, an obvious pick.
- George and Martha by James Marshall – They were hippos AND best friends!
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling– I don’t know why but this was the only HP book I read, which is also why it’s my favorite. Oh Cedric, why did you have to die!?
- Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson – I know I said I wouldn’t rank these but this would secretly be my number one. Hank and Drover were my pals. Literally! I had both in cuddly stuffed animal form.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff – You know what will happen.
- Holes by Louis Sachar – LOVED this book. And the movie. Shia LaBeouf shout-out!
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister – I may strongly dislike all fish now, but he was so pretty! (Not the lesson I was supposed to take away, I know.)
What was your favorite book growing up?