Top Ten Books from Childhood I’d Like to Revisit

Meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

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

Romantic Fairytales



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

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Books from Childhood I’d Like to Revisit

  1. I know I *owned* Julie of the Wolves, but I can’t for the life of me remember reading it. I also really enjoyed Ella Enchanted, but I’ve seen the movie so many times now that I can’t remember exactly how the book went.

  2. I loved Julie of the Wolves and Island of the Blue Dolphins! Ella Enchanted is great too, and I know I read a bunch of Sharon Creech too. Awesome list!

  3. Island of the Blue Dolphins and Howl’s Moving Castle! I love those books! I cried so much the first time I read Island of the Blue Dolphins, and I’ve read Howl’s Moving Castle a bunch of times. I also adore Gail Carson Levine and have read and reread nearly all her books!

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