The books I remember from childhood

by on Friday, May 28th, 2010

childhood memories

There are lots of things from childhood I’ll never forget…

Sandboxes. Every child should be able to play in one for great lengths of time, even if it means sandy clothing later. It lets you be so creative – making fake pies, building caverns, finding potential in everything… My Dad build mine, but my friend had one of those turtle sandboxes.

Dollhouses. No matter what kind of dollhouse I was presented with, I was eager to explore it. I made clothing for the dolls, and was fascinated by dollhouse furniture. No surprise I grew up loving fashion and interior design.

Ice Cream Trucks. It was the only appointment on the daily planner for me at that young age.

Slushie Machines. More specifically the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine.

Fireflies. Cliche as it seems, these seem magical when you are a child. Probably because I thought these were fairies.

Toads. Catching toads made me feel connected to nature, even if it was gross when they peed in my hands.

Crawling under porches. They made the best hiding spots.

Books. Books. Books. And that’s why you’re here.

I’ve put together a huge resource of some of the most memorable books and movies in my life from ages 2-15. If you are a child of the 80’s, you can probably relate to a lot of this stuff. I recommend these for your children/preteens no matter when you were born – because a classic is a classic. No, no way was I able to incorporate every book and movie (I focused on books, by the way) because there were so many, and honestly some I can’t remember the names of to find them. (Which is sad, SIGH.)

I grew up to be a kid who was read to, who loved reading – and all of my reading helped me become a better writer. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million places, but if you have kids – please read to them. It’s an experience that does not go forgotten. And I’m about to show you the proof of how much I haven’t forgotten.

best childrens books of all time

Books Your Children Should Read

The Best Children’s Books of All Time

(Estimated Reading Level: K-Grade 3)

Richard Scary books including Richard Scarry’s Best First Book and the Please and Thank You Book

The Monster at the End of this Book

The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)

The Jolly Postman book Series

The Little Red Caboose

Dr. Seuss Books including Six by Sesuss with the Yertle the Turtle Story

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Little Bear

A Light in the Attic

Caps for Sale

Angelina Ballerina


The Story of Ferdinand

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Strega Nona

Each Peach Pear Plum

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile and the first book of the Lyle series The House on East 88th Street

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Make Way for Ducklings

Little House on the Prarie

Beatrix Potter – everything

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane

Just Me and My Puppy (A Little Critter Book)

Amelia Bedelia

Miss Nelson is Missing!

The Magic Schoolbus Series

A Time to Keep: The Tashda Tudor Book of Holidays

A is for Anabelle

best preteen books

Best Young Adult Books

(Estimated Reading Level: Grades 4-8)

Ms. Piggle-Wiggle

The Boxcar Children

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Hundred Dresses

The Red Fairy Book (and the 11 others)

The Princess and the Goblin

Mary Poppins & Series of Mary Poppins Books

The Wizard of Oz Series

The Borrowers


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia


Gordon Korman Books especially the Bruno and Boots books that start with This Can’t Be Happening at McDonald Hall, and another super favorite of mine I Want to Go Home

The Witch Family

The Devil and Daniel Mouse

All Lynne Reid Banks books including The Farthest Away Mountain, I Houdini, The Indian in the Cupboard,The Fairy Rebel, The Mystery of the Cupboard

The Castle in the Attic

A Wrinkle in Time and all Madeline L’Engle books especially ones about The Austen Family which starts with Meet the Austen’s

The Secret Garden and A Little Princess

American Girl Books, Especially Samantha and Felicity and Kirstin books

Photo Credits: Dollhouse, IceCream Truck, Firefly, Toad

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