Hi friends! It’s been a while since I last did a TTT post and I really missed it! When I saw what the prompt was for today, it really got me thinking about books I read as a kid and the places/people/objects I associate with them. So for a change of pace, instead of focusing on YA books like I usually do, this is gonna be somewhat of a throwback post featuring a list of my favorite series/books from childhood!
And in case you’re not aware, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where you respond to a topic with a list of books that fit the prompt.
1. The Magic Tree House
Were you ever really a kid if you didn’t read these books? Magic Tree House was arguably the first “chapter” book series that I ever read, every time I think of these books I picture sitting in bed at night time next to my mom. She started out reading these aloud to me and eventually when we got to books 50? 60? (there were a LOT of Magic Tree House books lol) I transitioned into being able to read by myself. So happy memories will always be associated with these books!
2. Skippy Jon Jones
Now we’re flashing back to some eeearly childhood memories with these hilarious picture books. Whenever I see the cover of Skippy Jon Jones I can’t help but hear my dad singing the little songs from the book in a terrible Spanish accent, “El Bandito Friskito!” This crazy story about a Siamese cat that wishes he was a Chihuahua literally warms my heart to this day.
Fun Fact: the one where Skippy travels back into Ancient Egypt was by far my favorite!
3. Junie B. Jones
I read this series around the same time as Magic Tree House, and I just remember sitting in my first grade classroom, curled up in a corner by myself during reading time and laughing my butt off. I thought this was the funniest series, mostly because I related to Junie B. and all of her sassy antics. I still have all these books on my shelf today!
4. The Spiderwick Chronicles
Some of you might remember this as being one of Holly Black’s first series, I think they’re still some really good books! My clearest memory associated with the Spiderwick books is actually sitting in my elementary school media center and taking an “AR test” (I don’t even remember what AR stands for, but I took a small test after I read each book to get points that I could eventually use for…something. I actually have no idea what the points were for but it was serious business for a third grader). I recall that there was some question about the goblins in the book that I got wrong, and I was so mad at myself I still haven’t forgotten it!
5. Red Pyramid
It would actually be more appropriate to include the Percy Jackson series on this list, since they were arguably the most influential books of my entire life. But a much more specific memory sticks out for The Red Pyramid—my fifth grade classroom, leaving my shiny brand new hardcover on my desk, only half read, and returning from the bathroom to find it had mysteriously disappeared! I searched all over, told the teacher, and even brought my dad in the next day to talk about it. We never did find it and I’m still low-key convinced that another eager fifth-grader might have stolen it.
6. Kipper the Dog
Whenever I think of this adorable British picture book, I can feel the wooden floor of my very first house as I sit next to my mom while she reads the bold letters and turns the book around to show me the illustrations. Kipper is one of those books I’ll be reading to my kids one day, I loved it so much. He also had a cute TV show to go with the books that I remember even more!
7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Ahhhh this was one of my favorites as a kid! I must have read this book no less than a 100 times with my mom. I remember I always wanted cookies after reading it, lol! I just got the biggest wave of nostalgia while googling images of this series, Mouse is the first book I believe but I’m pretty sure Pig a Party was my favorite since it included the entire cast of characters!
8. The Bailey School Kids
This series was a lot like Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House, because there were a ton of them. I binge read (before that was even a term) all of these chapter books in the second grade, I remember sitting on a rough carpet in the back of the classroom near the teacher’s desk, the lights dimmed low and sneaking a read during nap time. So basically, not much has changed about me.
9. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
This was probably one of the first middle grade books that I ever read, I’m pretty sure it was a required reading book in 4th or 5th grade. The memory I have of this book is mostly of thumbing all the pages on the side, since it had one of those moving pictures on the side. As you flipped the pages rapidly, it looked like a rat was falling down the side of the book!
10. The Berenstain Bears
What kind of childhood throwback post would this be without some Bernstein Bears? These books I actually remember reading with some of my friends in preschool, we’d sit next to the tiny bookshelf and flip through all the illustrations picking which ones we liked best. Of course, I was the nerdy friend who actually wanted to read the book but my friends would turn the pages too fast!