I read voraciously as a kid. My mom jokes that if my head was in a book, I didn't even know what was going on around me (now my oldest son immerses himself in his reading the same way!). I loved my Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books, but I also read a lot of kid classics, like the Chronicles of Narnia series, A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels, Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, The Wind in the Willows, The Little House books, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and even my mom's old copy of The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. I loved them all!
Other kid classics I've read more recently as an adult, including all the Winnie the Pooh stories, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland books.
So, to make this list, I referred to a List of Top 100 Children's Books that I posted last year here. Here are my picks of Books I Wish I'd Read as a Child:
- Anne of Green Gables (never read but keep hearing about it)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I only knew the movie version starring Gene Wilder as a kid - still a favorite flick)
- My Side of the Mountain
- Island of the Blue Dolphins
- Where the Red Fern Grows
- The original Wizard of Oz books by Frank L. Baum
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
- Watership Down
- Anything by Jules Verne
- The Cricket in Times Square
Want to join in the fun? What books do YOU wish you'd read as a kid?