Top Ten Favorite Books as a Child
These are books I've worn out more than one copy reading it!
- A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith. The first adult book
I ever read (I was ten.) I was at my grandmother's house, and
it was the only book she had that wasn't about conquering arthritis.
It turned out to be one of my all-time favorites.
- CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White. If I could only take one book
to a desert island, this would be it. It's funny, it's sad, it's
magical...it's got it all!
- THE MELENDY FAMILY by Elizabeth Enright. This is really three
books, in one volume THE SATURDAYS, THE FOUR-STORY MISTAKE, and
THEN THERE WERE THREE. It's about a big family who lived in New
York City during WWII, who were always having adventures. Since
I was an only child living in Chicago who wasn't having any adventures,
I lived in this book for a long time.
- THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank. I read this in sixth
grade, and was totally blown away that a girl who had lived during
WWII in Holland, had the same sort of thoughts and feelings that
- DEPEND ON KATIE JOHN by Mary Calhoun. The first hardcover book
I ever owned. My dad gave it to me for my tenth birthday. I got
in trouble for reading it in class, because I couldn't keep from
laughing out loud at some parts. I still do!
- THE JOYOUS SEASON by Patrick Dennis. Another adult book that
I read because I was stuck at somebody's house with nothing else
to read. Another laugh out loud book.
- THE BETSY-TACY BOOKS by Maud Hart Lovelace. This is a series
of books about girls growing up in a small Minnesota town around
1900. I always did like books that took place a long time ago.
- THE BEANY MALONE BOOKS by Lenora Mattingly Weber. Another series
about a teenager growing up in the 1940' and 50's. Beany came
from a large family, had adventures...do you see a pattern here?
- AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL by Louisa May Alcott. I liked this better
than LITTLE WOMEN, but I can't tell you why!
- HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh. The first book I ever read
where the adults weren't always right!
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