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Five Favorite Books From My Childhood


I was lucky, my parents read to me. It was mostly my mother, but my father did too, occasionally.

I grew up in a house full of books, and trips to the library were a regular part of my childhood. The Scholastic book order was another cherished source of books, and my mom was generous with my orders.

My love of books hasn’t diminished. My home library is bursting, and my classroom library is full of terrific titles. I still get excited about the Scholastic book order, only now I’m the teacher.

Here are a few titles from my childhood that stand out, in no particular order.

Babar the King by Jean de Brunhoff

A dapper elephant King and his Royal court captivated me as a little girl.


Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

I so wished I had a magical crayon like Harold!


If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss

I really wanted to visit the Circus McGurkus. This was the first Dr. Seuss book I knew.


Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Maybe this was the start of my aversion to monkeys?


Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky

This is such a sweet and gentle tale with fabulous illustrations.


There are so many more, but these stand out in my mind right now. What are some of your favorites?

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

5 thoughts on “Five Favorite Books From My Childhood

  1. Bartholomew and Oobleck! Gertrude McFuzz! And The Pokey Little Puppy.
    For my own kids, I fell in love with “Love You Forever” and “Goodnight Moon”.
    What a great topic for a post!

  2. Wow, this brought back memories. My favourites were Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, The Three Little Kittens, and The Balloon Tree.

  3. There are so many!! I can’t remember many from my childhood other than Betsy-Tacy series, Little Women, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys series. I do have many favorites that I read to my children: Patricia Polaccco was a huge favorite here, Mr. Tannen’s Ties. What I love is my daughter is teaching preschool and she is using the books from her childhood for her curriculum!

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