There have been several posts 'round the blogs about books you read when you were younger - brings back some great memories. And then this morning I started googling....I have a very dear place in my heart forever for the following:
Made me believe that spiders are special and the the animals can talk! I read this book over and over and over and over again! Did you know there's a new movie in the works?! The trailer almost makes me teary! Julia Roberts as Charlotte is perfect!
I also read and reread the Little House on the Prairie set - my set has yellow covers, and I think there's only 7 books, not 9. Either way. I think those are the books with the pages that are so soft to the touch and yellowed.
This book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself was my first introduction to World War II books. (This lead to my reading and rereading of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl) I loved all the Judy Blume books I read! Need to reread them.
I also was big into Trixie Belden. Not by choice initially though. My Mom thought Nancy Drew was too advanced for me. I was always a good reader and read above level... so I read all the Trixie Belden books that the library had and then was allowed to read the Nancy Drew series.
Other fond favorites from my childhood: Bread and Jam for Frances, If you give Mouse a Cookie, Bridge to Terabithia, The Borrowers, any of the Roald Dahl books, Shel Silverstein's books, Where the Wild Things Are,Amelia Bedelia, Goodnight Moon (who didn't have this book? It's the first book I remember!), my dad used to read me stories from theBrothers Grimm. Gosh there are just so many wonderful books!
Now that I'm a teacher, I have some new favorites -
Miss Nelson is Missing (if only for the evil Miss Viola Swamp! I constantly think: Viola Swamp is not amused when the kids act up!).
I use Diary of a Worm in my science class - the kids (7th graders) really get a kick out of it! (Look, finger puppets!) And I do use Diary of a Spider as well, but prefer the worm. I am also highly amused by Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - worth a look though - you'll be laughing very hard!!
Good site for some children's book illustrations: Kidstamps.com
(As I write this, 9 to 5 is on tv - what a great movie!)