Thursday, August 13, 2009

Going Through My Bookshelf

Over at NPR, author Lesley Blume has developed a "classic list of must-read children's books." While I applaud all of her choices (The Witches! From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!), I have to add a few of my own:

  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery: Okay, I may love Anne because she's a redheaded bookworm, but her feistiness, awkwardness, and imagination will warm your heart. And just try not to cry at something involving Matthew. Just try.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh: Because Harriet isn't exactly a nice little girl. She's curious and a little bitchy, but she's eighty times cooler than anyone else in her class. I bet she grew up to do something really kick-ass.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle: Her most well-known, and possibly her most endearing. Between Meg, Calvin, and Charles-Wallace, you know the universe is worth saving.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry: Oh geez, I freak out about this book. Best freakin' book ever. It's one of the most thoughtful, moving portrayals of a dystopian society ever written. Period.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: More than forty years later and Ponyboy's thoughts and struggles are still relevant. Stay gold, Pony.
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi: Charlotte Doyle puts the kick in kick-ass. A thrilling tale set on the high seas. What more could you want?
I could keep going, but instead I'll leave it to you. Post your favorite childhood reads in the comments!


Andy said...

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Where the Sidewalk Ends (actually poetry...but still, must read)

Hillel Lady said...

- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- Bridge to Terabithia
- Tuck Everlasting
- Where the Red Fern Grows
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Matilda or BFG (er... both)
- Heidi
- Ender's Game
- Indian in the Cupboard
- Golden Compass

renee said...

The Giving Tree
Sophie's World

there was also that series with the mice... what the hell was that called!? I loved that in 6th grade...

Emily Hodge said...

Annie, I enthusiastically second all of your additions! I was more attached to A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle though. Also, I read Charlotte Doyle probably 200 times without exaggeration.

Matt & Marcie said...

Ah, I'm surprised how many of those I've read. "True Confessions..." - haven't thought of that book in a LONG time! And "The Giver" is always in the back of my mind...speaking of that, I think I need to reread it.