Before my mother retired from 30 years of teaching last year, I used to look forward to helping her set up her third grade classroom every August, because there was always some extra time to go through my old books that I read as a kid. I let my mom use them with her students, because I loved the idea of other children enjoying with the same stories I cherished at their age.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, discusses which children’s books we would most want to revisit. Whether they starred princesses, wolves, wizards, dolphins, or djinni, these ten books fueled my imagination and encouraged me to believe anything is possible.
Here are the top ten books from my childhood I’d like to revisit:
Girl Against the World
1. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
2. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Boy Against the Supernatural World
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
5. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
6. The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud
7. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
8. Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
10. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones