I’m back again for another Top 5 Wednesday!
Today’s prompt: Top 5 Children’s Books
As I suspect is the case for many a book blogger, I was huge reader when I was younger. I would beg my mom to take me to the library, I would track my reading progress during the summer, and I stayed up late–or in some cases, woke up early!–to read my books. I just loved books! And here I am today…still loving books. I haven’t changed a bit.
Many books came to mind for this list, and I remembered even more when I looked back on my collection at home. So I stayed true to the prompt and talked about five below, but I included a few honorable mentions, too.
Let’s get into it!
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
This was possibly my first-ever favorite book and even more, the book that made me venture into the fantasy genre. I ADORE this book even still–and if you haven’t read it yet, I would totally recommend it, no matter your age! This book is just the best. It’s a Cinderella retelling that has charm, a unique twist, and a sweet, sweet romance. It’s wonderful.
Side note–For those of you who have read Ella Enchanted, PLEASE tell me I’m not alone in my deep hatred for the movie adaptation!? I love Anne Hathaway, and I actually liked the soundtrack when it came out, but they COMPLETELY butchered the plot. It’s possibly the worst book to movie adaptation I’ve ever seen. I’m still bitter about it. (Obviously.)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
I read this book more recently, in a college course on Children’s Literature, and I absolutely fell in love. Gary Schmidt is from my hometown and actually teaches at my college as well, so of course we had to include his book on our reading list. However, it was not just added on because of the connection. It truly deserved its place among the other great children’s books we read.
I was so charmed by Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boy. The setting is Maine, and the descriptions are to die for. It’s a book with surprisingly deep themes for a children’s book, and also some amazingly gorgeous quotes.
“The world turns and the world spins, the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is nothing in the world more beautiful and more wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on.”
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
More of my first fantasy books! This time of the speaking animals variety!
I don’t know if I ever read ALL the books in the Redwall series, since there are a ton, but I remember going back to the library to grab the next one, then the next, and the next, until I had read so many of them. Who doesn’t love stories about tough little mice standing up to the scary animals of the woodland forest?!
(Also, I totally had ships for some of the sweet mices…Possibly my first ever ships?!)
Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
I know I mentioned this series last week, but the Chronicles of Narnia series are possibly my favorite books of the ever, and I can’t not include them in a list about children’s books. I read one or two of the books when I was a true child, but I read the rest in high school (still a child, let’s be honest). I had a little frenzy, reading through the entire series in a week, borrowing my dad’s very old copies of the books that he read when he was a child.
I just adore all the deeper messages in these books; as a Christian myself, I always admired the way C.S. Lewis incorporated his faith and religious themes into his writing without being too blatant about it. I took a lot away from these books, and they’ll always hold a dear place in my heart.
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I couldn’t not include Harry Potter. I am sure you all know what this series is about and why it’s so wonderful, so I’ll spare you.
I have a strange, vivid memory of the reason why I started reading Harry Potter. I was in third grade. Over breakfast one morning, my older sister was telling my mom about this book about a kid who lived under the stairs with his horrible aunt and uncle, and he learns he’s a wizard. I was instantly sold. My mom had to ask my teacher if she thought the series was age appropriate; thank GOODNESS my teacher approved.
My childhood would not have been the same without the obsession, the new releases every summer (I got up early to snag an express copy at my library three–maybe four–years in a row), and my older sister reading the books out loud to us around the campfire. So many good memories.
- Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
- The Tale of Despereuax by Kate DiCamillo
- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- North by Night by Katherine Ayres
- Holes by Louis Sachar
There you have it! My top 5 children’s books and series. What are YOUR favorite children’s books? Do we share any in common? Comment down below!
Until next time,