Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is actually a Rewind, which means you can pick any past topic that you might have missed or want to continue.  Since I've only been doing this for a few months, there were a lot of topics that I could choose from, so I took two and meshed them.  I'm doing both Books from Before You Were a Blogger and Childhood Favorites.  These are the books that I loved as a kid and read over and over again, and when feeling nostalgic, I will still pick them up and read them now.

Top Ten Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger - The Childhood Favorites Edition

  • Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McClusky  -  A sweet story about ducklings traveling through Boston and how the police stop all the traffic in the city to let the ducklings pass.  It's cute and based on real events.  There's even a bronze statue commemorating the book in Boston.
  • Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn  -  The book is about a boy who loves to build things but he never gets any attention or appreciation for it, so he runs away to a meadow where he builds himself a house.  Other children join him, and he builds each one a house that matches their interests and personalities.  As a kid, I always wondered what kind of house Andrew Henry would have built for me.
  • Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall  -  I love history and historical fiction, and I think this was the first book I ever read that fit into those categories.
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett  -  Not to be confused with the absolutely terrible movie adaptation.  This book is cute and whimsical and fun.  It just made me laugh.
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White  -  My mom read this aloud to my brother and me, and I loved it.  It's about a swan that can't "speak" so a boy teaches it to play the trumpet to find a mate.  So adorable.
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary  -  I love so many of Beverly Cleary's books, but this one's my favorite.  And I've just realized that my little sister has never read it, which will have to be remedied right away.
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein  -  I know so many people hate this book because that kid is just so ungrateful.  But I still really liked it and read it all the time when I was little.
  • Itsy-Bitsy Giant by Melanie Martin  -  I don't think you can find this book anywhere now.  It took me forever (with some help) just to remember the title.  It's a great story about a giant who bullies the people around him, until a magician changes him to the size of a grasshopper and he has to learn a lesson in being nice.
  • The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone  -  This book is one of my all-time favorite from my childhood, and the reason for that is my dad.  My dad is great with voices; he can do Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Kermit the Frog, and of course, Grover.  So he used to read this in Grover's voice, making the book that much more awesome.
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg  -  My mom recommended this to me because it was one of her favorite books as a kid, and I love it.  A brother and sister run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they discover and have to solve a mystery.

Now how about you?  What were some of your favorite books as a kid?  I'd love to know.


  1. I love From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and The Giving Tree was so sweet! :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT list!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. OMG I never read any of these although I saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs cartoons and it was cute.
    I don't think we have translations of these books anyway...

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Love it! Children's picture books are near & dear to my heart, I have a decent sized collection from when I was going to school for my teaching cert. (Sadly, did not work out.) Some of my favorites (not on your list) are Where the Wild Things Are, Rain Makes Applesauce, Corduroy, Stinky Cheese Man, Madeline...I could go on and on. Maybe I should have done this topic for my TTT! Lol...

  4. Fantastic choices! Who doesn't love those books? I think my fav from that list is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.


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