Last night I was thinking about books I enjoyed in my childhood and early teen years. In no particular order, here are my top ten favorite books:
1) Anne of Green Gables (series), L.M. Montgomery
I read the books before I saw the movie. Oh, how I adored Anne Shirley! And then I was thrilled to watch the movie - all my favorite characters brought to life on the screen. Though I still say they missed the mark when it came to casting Rachel. She was supposed to be a little more "fluffy", shall we say.
2) Little House on the Prairie (series), Laura Ingalls Wilder
I wanted to be Laura!
3) The Borrowers (series), Mary Norton
These books certainly spark your imagination. Wonder where all your safety pins and buttons disappear? The Borrowers have them, of course! I recommend all the books in this series, except for the last book. In it, the Borrowers move into a haunted house.
4) Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott
This is my favorite book by Louisa May Alcott. I know that Little Women is her best-known novel, but she wrote some excellent books that get passed over, I think. There is also a sequel, called Rose in Bloom.
5) All of a Kind Family (series), Sydney Taylor
I loved these books! So much! The books follow a New York Jewish family through the children's growing up years. When we first meet the family, all the little girls dress alike. I loved that, because my mom dressed my sisters and me in matching clothes too!
6) Mary Poppins (series), P.L. Travers
I debated about listing this series, but it was a series of books I enjoyed. As a child, the books were quite innocent, but rereading them when I was older made me realize that Mary Poppins is more witch than nanny.
7) What Katy Did (series), Susan Coolidge
All about a little girl and an accident that changed her life forever. My sisters and I checked this book out of the library so many times, and found the sequels online, since our library didn't have them.
8) The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner
Four children, recently orphaned, and fearing their grandfather who will now be their guardian, run away. They find an abandoned boxcar and set up house. This book was a model to our play when we were little. My sisters and I were lonely orphans living in a boxcar (the bed of my dad's truck), until, that is, my mom called us in for lunch.
9) Love Comes Softly (series), Janette Oke
Not technically written for children, but I read the first book when I was 8 or 9 years old. I loved anything "old fashioned" and this fit the bill!
10) The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White
E.B.White is better known for Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, but this book was my favorite. It is about a trumpeter swan who cannot trumpet. A sad plight for a trumpeter swan, indeed!
What about you? What are your favorite books from your childhood/early teen years?