I have been a pretty avid reader since I was very young and I thought now was as good a time as ever to share with you some of my favourite books growing up. There are some stories not mentioned that I did thoroughly enjoy as a child; Matilda, Paddington, Corduroy etc. However, I didn’t really read the stories but instead watched the shows/movies associated with them, so, I cant count it.
I have included a list of books/authors I really loved to read between the ages of 5/6 – 12 years old. Hope this list brings you some nostalgia.
Magic Treehouse Series – Mary Pope Osborne
This series follows two kids and their adventures. They had a magic treehouse that would transport them to different places around the world at different time periods. I learned a lot about animals and history in these short chapter books. After reading these, I always wished I had my own treehouse.
Dr. Seuss was such a classic and it is still revered today! The stories are unique and always had me giggling as a child. I loved the rhyming sequences and I would always end up having it stuck in my head. especially One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Ah, Robert Munsch was a classroom favourite. I remember the teacher would have the class pick a book for us to read that day and everyone always wanted a Robert Munsch book. His stuff is funny and silly and perfect for a young child.
Eric Walters was one of my favourite authors between the ages of 10 – 12. His books are engaging and interesting but also different. He wrote all sorts of genres, from true stories to fictional ones and the best part is that he’s Canadian so he came to my elementary school to talk to us about his books once. That was probably my first time getting a book signed.
Goosebumps – R.L. Stine
R.L. Stine is the perfect combination of scary and fun. While his stories are scary, they are geared towards children and since I was never really the type to get scared or have nightmares, I swallowed all these books. As I got older I started reading his Fear Street collection which is written more for teenagers.
Junie B. Jones – Barbara Park
Oh my goodness. These books were soo funny! I read them probably between the ages of 7 and 9 but I absolutely loved them! While there are some minor swearing; ex., stupid, they are so much fun. Junie B. Jones is a troublemaker type character who has a smartass attitude and a wild card personality. She does what she wants and that usually lands her in some sticky situations.
Airborn Series – Kenneth Oppel
I’ll admit that I got into Kenneth Oppel really late in elementary school. I was looking for something after having read almost every single book by Eric Walters and my librarian recommended me this. Airborn is a thrilling ride that I would suggest for an advanced young reader or for an older child. I think I read this when I was 12 or 13. And these new covers are GORGEOUS am I right!?
That’s all I have for today. I would love to know what your favourite books as a child were and let me know if we share any ones in common.