One of the most common journal prompts for book lovers is “What is your favorite book as a child?”
I read a whole lot more growing up than I do now, which is ironic. Usually it’s when you’re a child people try to get them to read then only when you’re an adult you read more. Anyway, I’m getting off track.
When I was a child, I read a lot of historical fiction and award winning books. I still read a lot of historical fiction. I also re-read a lot of books because it was comforting. Reading a new book sometimes was a little scary because I didn’t know what it was going to end up or if I’d like it. I didn’t think this at the time but looking back makes me realize that this was probably one of the reasons.
Anyway, the first book I thought of when I thought of my favorite childhood book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I had (and still have) a major sweet tooth. To read a book that was set in a chocolate factory with so many different spectacular chocolates and candies made my mouth water. I also watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so many times it drove my mom nuts. You know, the one with Gene Wilder, not that weird madness of Johnny Depp. Anyway, this book was probably my favorite book of all time as a child because I read it so many times. As well as so many other books by Roald Dahl.
Another favorite of mine during childhood is Woodsong by Gary Paulsen. This book is a short memoir of Paulsen running the Iditarod in Alaska. I loved dog stories (still do), so this was a real treat. But of course, any one of Paulson’s books is a treat. Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Island are also amazing books.
Speaking of animal stories, White Fang by Jack London was one of my favorites as well. I might have read it at least two or three times. Maybe more. I loved that a part wolf could become friends with humans even after all the atrocities he went through.
Little House on the Prairie had always been my go to because of the travel on covered wagons. I was never a big wild west person, but I liked reading about every day people taking long, arduous trips to try and make a better life for themselves and this was the epitome of that. Laura Ingalls and her family was just so comforting that I always went back to her time and again.
Some other books that I loved reading as a child:
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (not until 8th grade, however)
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
- the American Girl books (various authors)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas and other books by Dr. Seuss
- The Boxcar Children
- Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
I’m sure there’s other books that I read growing up that are escaping my memory right now. Have you read any of these books as kids and what did you think of them? What were you favorite books growing up?