Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is childhood favorites - the books that sculpted me to be the avid reader that I am today! It's going to be so hard to narrow these down to ten since there's about a bazillion, but I'll attempt to list only the ones I read a million times.
In no particular order:
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein - I read this book so many times that the pages started to fall apart, as well as the binding. And to this day, I still have some of the poems memorized. Shel's oddness is something that has stuck with me as a reader to this day.
Dr. Seuss - When I was a kid, I had every Dr. Seuss book there was. My dad would read to my brother and I before bed and he always read Seuss since they're quick, fun books. I still have mad love for them, especially The Lorax! (It's a bit sad how not only can I recite the book, but the classic movie as well)
Fear Street by R. L Stine - I guess you could say these were my first taste of YA. They're pretty cheesy. And predictable. And the villain that they always think is some kind of creature is always really a human. But I loved them so much that I have about fifty of them on my shelf right now, and that's not counting the ones I have in boxes in my garage.
Little Critter by Mercer Mayer - AH! This post is bringing back so many memories! The Little Critter books were one of the first books that I began to read myself when I actually learned to read. Whenever I managed to read the entire thing, my parents would reward me with another one, so I imagine I still have dozens of these books living in boxes somewhere.
Holes by Louis Sachar - This is probably on everybody's list, yes? I think Holes is one of the first full-length novel I've ever finished. And it's so good. Seriously, even if you're older and you haven't read this, go get a copy now! The movie is amazing, but the book still blows it out of the water.
Goosebumps by R.L Stine - The Goosebumps books thoroughly creeped me out as a kid. I read pretty much every single one of them, but for awhile I refused to even touch a few because of the scary covers. (Say Cheese And Die, The Curse of Camp Cold Lake and Creature Teacher to name a few)
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister - RAINBOW FISH. OMG. I read this book so many times when I wasn't ogling the shiny foil of the fish's scales.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - One of my all-time favorite books and all-time favorite movies. Roald Dahl had such an amazing imagination and it showed in his work. (He also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, if you didn't know)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback - Okay, so this isn't really a story, but it was a book and I read it so much that I knew the entire thing by heart.
The Cartoon Classics Collection (Volume 1) - This anthology featured stories about the classic Hanna Barbera cartoons. (The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear) The book was ginormous and kind of hard for me to carry, but I had it with me wherever I went.
Are of these on your list? If not, what were some of your childhood favorites?