my favourite childhood books


I have always loved to read. For as long as I can remember books have been a large part of my life and they have always been a place that I could go to. As an introvert I have learned to always have books with me (even to the chagrin of many of the people around me) and I still can be rarely found without a book on me.

Today I thought it would be nice to share some of the books that I loved as a kid; from picture books to middle grade. Let me know if you spent time with some of the same characters as me or what other books you loved as a child.

Picture Books

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Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut by Margaret Atwood

Filled with fun alliterations and a meaningful story this book was so funny and I loved to have it read to me.


Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak.

Now only one of my parents would read this book to me (sorry Mom), but I loved this story and I loved to look at all the Wild Things and how intricate they all were.


Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

What more does a kid love than a lady getting into all sorts of trouble because she takes things a little too literally.

Early Chapter Books

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Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

So much love for this series of books that took me all through history and through time. I learned so much and still feel like I remember things from these stories.


The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin.

Though I don’t remember these very well, I do remember racing through these in my elementary school library and it was the first book series with tons of books that I was really into.


Wayside School Series.

These books were wacky, crazy, and made me laugh so much as a kid. I mean who doesn’t want to read about a school where everything is sideways and nothing ever goes right?

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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

These books are seriously depressing, but they appealed to my darker side and I loved getting back into the past few years with the Netflix series

The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer

This was one of the first “journal books” that I ever read and I loved this look into the contemporary world of Abby Hayes, I am sure it wasn’t the best writing, but I devoured them

Chapter Books

Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door: The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope, Guelph, Ontario, 1897 by Jean Little

Dear Canada Series

I loved this look into the history of Canada, both the good and the bad and these books taught me a lot about my country and the kids of lived here before me. I also loved the Royal Diaries of princess from around the world.


Matilda by Roald Dahl

I loved so many of Roald Dahl’s books, but Matilda was one of my favourites. She was a book lover just like me and while I didn’t have magical powers, it was certainly fun to pretend.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I first heard this book, long before I could read it from my dad reading it to me, but I came back to it as a pre-teen and read the whole series. I related so much to the main character and wanted to be her.

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

There is no character I have ever related to more in my life than Meggie and this book is the most read book on my childhood book shelf.


Gail Carson Levine Books

I wasn’t sure which of these two books to include, but both of these I read over and over again throughout my middle school times.

What books did you love as a kid. Which ones would you go back to and read today?

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sarah Joyce says:

    I had forgotten about Ella Enchanted. I loved that book so much as a child!


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