It's been a while since I participated in this. But this week's Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish is favorite books from our childhood. Somehow Christmas seems like the perfect time to make this list. Not entirely sure what span of time is considered "childhood," so we're sticking with books I read while under the age of ten.
1. Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton—Are you familiar with Sandra Boynton books? If you have small children (like, babies) go look her up. They are adorable. Moo, Baa, La La La, The Going to Bed Book, But Not the Hippopotamus, and Barnyard Dance are probably my favorites.
2. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown—Another one I'm sure began when I was very small, this book has beautiful illustrations. And it's just so calming with a slow rolling rhythm and rhyme. "By the big red barn in the great, green field, there was a pink pig who was learning to squeal. And a great big horse, and a very little horse. And on the barn was a weather vane, of course. A golden, flying horse."
3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault—A great way to learn the alphabet.
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss—I have a thing for rhythmic, rhyming books for children, apparently; this is four for four. But really, how could Dr. Seuss not make the list? Genius wordsmith. Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Alphabet Book should also be mentioned, but the Grinch will always be my favorite.
5. If I Had a Sheep by Mick Inkpen—I don't actually remember the contents of this book. I just know my sister loved it so much that she had the entire thing memorized by the time she was two. That's some great children's literature right there.
6. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene—I reread a few of these a couple years ago and was in hysterics at some of the vocabulary. But I read as many as I possibly could growing up. Perhaps the beginning of my love for good mystery novels?
7. American Girl books—All of them. Literally, I'm pretty sure I read all the books for all the girls when I was nine. Of course, now there are twenty-seven more I've never heard of, but the originals? I know them. And they are awesome. (I wanted to be Samantha. Didn't everybody?)
8. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery—My aunt Lisa purchased Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea for me and read them out loud. I love these books, as most girls do, and I will always love the memory of reading them with her. And watching the movie.
9. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary—Plus all the other Ramona books. And Henry Huggins! And Emily's Runaway Imagination. That one is great. I always love the scene where she tries to whitewash a cow. And walks her dog, Plince.
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling—Really the first three should be here. But I will never forget Mrs. Roeding's voice as she read this book to my fifth grade class. She is the reason these characters live in my mind.
Childhood favorites? Ready, go.