Books: Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past.
Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.
My favorite Beverly Cleary books were what are now called the First Love series. I love that Beverly so often set her books in the San Francisco Bay Area, because that is where I grew up. I checked these books out of my elementary school library and finally got my own copies which I then wore out from re-reading them so much.
Fifteen. I loved Jane. I could relate to Jane and some of her insecurities and who wouldn't love Stan? Set in the Bay Area. Awesome.
The Luckiest Girl. I loved Shelley. Shelley wanted to be accepted and her somewhat prim and proper parents frustrated her. Spending the school year in California with her mother's best friend opened up her world.
Jean and Johnny. This was one I liked the least, mostly because Jean was just so awkward and embarrassing. But then, who isn't as a young teenager?
Sister of the Bride. I have sisters. I love books about sisters and I loved this one about Barbara and Rosemary and Barbara's worries that things will change when her sister gets married because Rosemary was too modern to get married and settle down.
Looking back, I'm wishing I still had copies of these so I could sit down and read them again. It's always so fun to revisit old friends. Although, I read these so much, I can still picture scenes and situations and conversations.
What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?