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Favorite Childhood Book Series

Thursday, November 10, 2022

I thought it'd be a fun prompt to go down memory lane today and talk about childhood books! Reading has always been a huge part of my identity and I think reading great books when I was younger totally spurred that on. These were a few series I loved as a kid:

The Babysitters Club

One of my 'core memories' is my grandparents handing me a box of my mom's old books that they had found as they were selling their house.(Actually now that I'm thinking about this, maybe they belonged to my Aunt, because I think my mom would have been too old for these....but I just always thought they were my mom's.) She had a dozen Babysitters Club books and I ate them up! It must have been the perfect age to give them to me. So funny, I thought the girls were so much older than me as I was reading them but they probably weren't. They just seemed so mature! I guess it's because I wasn't allowed to baby sit yet. I was definitely a Kristy, but thought Claudia sounded so cool. 

Sweet Valley Twins

I didn't read a lot of these, but I think these were also in that box of books from my mom. Twins were such a cool thing to me, haha! My sister and I were big Mary Kate and Ashley fans. Plus, one of the sister's names was Elizabeth - which was my middle name. Kids are funny, huh? Anyway I feel like these books gave me a glimpse into what it'd be like as a teenager or something, but I remember really liking them. I specifically remember this cover.

Dear America Series

These books guys. So, these were diaries from young girls in various historical events. I swear this is what got me into historical fiction. They were beautiful hardbacks with a matching ribbon. I felt so fancy reading these! I read several, but I think my favorite was the Titanic one. I have distinct memories of checking my Elementary school library for new ones often!

American Girl

Another Elementary favorite. Our library had a lot of the series! I first picked up Kirsten's, because I first read it as Kristen and of course that was mine name. But, I loved Samantha and Molly too! My bff in 5th grade got a Kirsten doll and took pictures of her and brought the prints to school so I could see her. (She barely took her out of the box, so this was a big deal. 😂)

The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia was something special. My cousin was so into the stories that she convinced me to read the books and I fell in love with them. I like some stories more than others, but gosh it was such a journey reading them as a kid. I'm not sure if I should admit how many times I watched The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe on my tiny tv (like I think it was 10 inches max!) that my parents let keep in my room because it had a built in dvd player but no channels. 

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