Time for another tag! I’m home for Thanksgiving break and feelin’ nostalgic, so I thought I’d do a tag about my favorite books from childhood, which I got from Olivia @ LibroLiv.
That would be The School Story by Andrew Clements, about a girl who gets her book published without anyone realizing how young she is. It totally gave me #writerfantasies. Plus, the protagonist was in middle school and as a kindergartner or first-grader I thought that was so cool! MIDDLE SCHOOL. Those students were so grown-up and flawless.
…little Elizabeth, you were adorable.
They read tons of books to me, but the two earliest ones that come to mind are Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. The latter is told through a series of letters between a young boy and his favorite author!
I also remember them “reading” a little board book called Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, but that doesn’t really count because it has very few words and so they’d just make up a new story every time to hear me laugh!
I read The Hunger Games in middle school because a girl in my 4-H club recommended it to me. I remember being not very impressed, especially since I enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ earlier series – the Underland Chronicles – far more at the time, but then a few years later I read the entire trilogy and absolutely adored it.
What is your favorite book from school overall?
Like a book I read for school? I’m going to play a wild card and say Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! by Pat Cummings. Told in rhyme, with brightly colored illustrations, this is a picture book about a little kid who absolutely, positively DOES NOT want to clean his room. If I remember correctly, he tries to deal with the mess by shoving it under his bed and in his closet… but his mom finds out anyway. #relatable
Also, it was one of the few books my elementary school classmates and I read that wasn’t about white people; the other I most vividly remember was Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. (Who else was so stressed out when the kids lost their mother’s wedding ring?!)
I adored Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series at that age! My family even visited her family’s home in De Smet, SD on vacation one year… and the fall after that, I begged my mom to make a Laura costume for Halloween!
What was your favorite book in middle school?
Harry Potter, for sure. I loved the series in elementary school but the peak of my obsession was in middle school. I must have been insufferable!
This was in late high school, for sure, but eventually my interests shifted away from Harry Potter and toward Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series. I’m not at all surprised because the first few books in the series are reminiscent of the children’s books I love and want to write someday!
This might be cheating because I didn’t technically give up on it… I finished A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle when I was probably eleven or twelve, but didn’t exactly understand it. I mean, I understood the plot and everything, but I don’t think I quite understood what IT was after, nor how Meg defeated IT using only love. I’ve thought it through since then and it makes sense to me now, but I want to reread it with the understanding that I have today!
What book did you check out of the library most often as a child?
The Harry Potter books that my family didn’t own, which were the sixth and seventh until I finally saved up enough money to buy them. Also, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, definitely. I was (and still am) obsessed because it’s set in Chicago – not too far away from where I grew up in northwest Indiana – and is a MYSTERY and talks about cool art shit. It gave me a lasting love of Vermeer’s paintings!
Because I am Matilda and Matilda is me. It was the first “love letter to books” I ever read!
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak! Makes me cry every time. OH THE TEARS.
Rick Riordan’s books! I will always have a soft spot for The Lightning Thief, especially. I still remember reading it for the first time on a hot summer evening, curled up on an old chair in the basement, since it was nice and cool down there and I didn’t have the energy to do anything else.
Let’s see, what can I say that isn’t Skulduggery Pleasant… oh, there’s my favorite book, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. I know I talk about it lot but I can’t help it: I love it A LOT and also SO MUCH.
What was the first long series you read as a child?
Hmmm, probably the Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner or the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne! I owned probably ten books in each series – as well as a few of the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers, the nonfiction guides – but I either sold or gave them all away back in middle school, except for my copy of the first Boxcar Children book because that was a gift from my cousins. I kind of wish I still had them!
How did you learn to read? How old were you?
I was five when it “clicked,” so I’ve been a reader for sixteen years now! My mom and dad read SO MANY books aloud to my brother and I, so I learned from listening to their voices and following the illustrations while at the same time slowly piecing together what combinations of sounds the squiggles on the page made. Initially my mom thought I was pretending to read and was just reciting the book from memory, then realized that no, I had actually learnt how to read all on my own!
How obsessed were you with the scholastic book fairs as a kid?
Sooooo obsessed. I was in heaven, basically. It was better than Christmas and my birthday rolled into one! I’m still chasing after that high.
- Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words
- Kate @ The Magic Violinist
- Shanti & Shar @ Virtually Read
- whimsywriter3 @ Rambling Writer
- Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t
- Alex Brant @ Miss Alexandrina
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
- Mahima @ The Controversies
And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. (Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.)
I have three questions for you today: What is your favorite book from childhood? What is your favorite children’s book today? And what book would you read to your favorite child?