Christy at Southern Sassy Girl had a post like this a few days ago and it got me thinking of my own favorite childhood books. I did a similar post last year about how I developed my love of reading. I have loved books from birth. I can't remember a time where I didn't love reading or didn't have a lot of books around. We got books in our Christmas stockings and in our Easter baskets. We got books for good behavior or special occasions.
As a very small girl, I loved the Little Golden Book, Little Mommy. I had it memorized before I could read. It was out of print for many years and the only copy I had was a tattered, incomplete version. Imagine my surprise a couple of years ago, when I found that it was reprinted!
These are books I checked out of the library over and over again. (These will definitely date me.)
A Room for Cathy, by Catherine Wooley (the whole series) I loved these as a girl. Cathy was the oldest sister and so was I. She always wanted to be a grown-up and she had an annoying little sister.
Don't Call Me Katie Rose, by Lenora Mattingly Weber. I loved Katie Rose and I could understand her frustrations.
Fifteen, by Beverly Cleary. I loved Jane. Stan was just the perfect hero! The Luckiest Girl was one of my other Cleary favorites.
Double Date, Double Feature, and Double Wedding, by Rosamond Du Jardin. I loved Pam and Penny. I loved the descriptions of their dance dresses and dates!
Favorite books I had at home, to name a very few:
The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mine were the yellow books!
Heidi by Johanna Spyri and Heidi Grows Up and Heidi's Children by Charles Tritten. I adored Heidi, and when I discovered the two "sequels" I was thrilled. I enjoyed them just as much. I loved seeing Heidi and Peter get married!
The Happy Hollisters and The Bobbsey Twins. I had them all. I read them all over and over again. I can't quite part with them yet! I wish my boys would like them, but they don't.
Little Women, by Lousia May Alcott. I can't imagine any girl not liking Little Women. I have three sisters and I adore books, so I completely related to Jo!
Nancy Drew, by Carolyn Keene. I had them all. One of my best friends and I would call each other Nancy and George, and we'd even write letters in code, like Nancy did in one of her books. I gave away all my Nancy Drew books to my girlfriend's daughter, because I don't have a daughter of my own.
Piper to the Clan and The Iron Peacock, by Mary Stetson Clarke. I still have all of her books, not just these two. I still read them. Loved the historical aspect, but loved Joanna and Ross too.
What about you? What books did you grow up reading?