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April 9, 2009

Childhood Memories

Thursday Thirteen

We always had a lot of books around us when we were kids. My brother, sister and I knew our nursery rhymes and read a lot. I remember boxes of books in the back of the wardrobe that belonged to my parents – mainly mysteries and westerns. My mother was a teacher who taught new entrants (five-year-olds) and she used to have heaps of books that she’d use in her teaching. She’d show us her new purchases and of course, I’d read them. She died in an accident when I was 21 and I kept a few of my favorites. I was looking at my bookcase today and pulled out one about a rabbit finding an egg. It made me smile.

Here are Thirteen of My Favorites (that are still in my bookcase)

1. Because a Little bug went Ka-Choo by Rosetta Stone and Michael Frith

2. Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain

3. Travels of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting – this version adapted by Al Perkins. As a kid I had the actual Hugh Lofting series, which is probably what started my fascination with talking animals.

4. Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure by Bill Peet

5. The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner

6. The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan and Jan Berenstain

7. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – I just love the rhyming. :grin:

8. The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree – I loved these bear books and still do!

9. Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs

10. The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown

11. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss – still one of my favorites. I like the message.

12. Shelley and the pony of the year by Ellen Bosworth. How could I resist this story? I see that it’s out of stock and a used copy is on sale for $45.

13. Proud Riders by Josephine Pullein-Thompson. Like lots of other little girls I liked pony stories.

I noticed when I did the Amazon links that many of these books are still popular and highly rated. A good book never goes out of date.

What stories do you remember from your childhood? Do your children or grandchildren have some of these?


  1. Stephanie Adkins

    Great list Shelley. I remember some of these. :) Happy Thursday! *Hugs*

  2. Sandra Cox

    I don’t have any of those. I always read horse stories:)

  3. Janet F

    I used to love The Cat In the Hat books and another favorite was, The Secret Garden.

  4. Brenda ND

    Yep, I’ve got a lot of favorite kids books too. I still chuckle over 10 in Bed and Big, Fat Hen. Happy TT!

  5. Voronda

    My mother taught kindergarden and she loved each night while tucking us in bed she would read A Frog Went A Courting. She blessed me with that book when I had my son. My kids are more series readers my daughter is a Junie B. Jones fan and my son loved the Harry Potter books.

  6. Jennifer Shirk

    I loved Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan. :mrgreen:

  7. Cassandra Curtis

    Great idea and list, Shelley!

    The book that really sticks out in my memory is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I loved that book as a kid.

    Umm, not that I was a kid when it came out! Yikes! LOL. I’m getting gray, but not that gray! Wowsers. :P

    Our T13 is at: http://midnightmooncafe.blogspot.com

  8. Adelle Laudan

    Kewl list. I just bought my granddaughter her first Doctor Suess book for Easter. I always loved those. Happy T13!

  9. Roberta Harwell

    Wish I had my books from childhood. Lost them in a move. Have a great day.

  10. julia

    How could any horse-loving Shelley resist ‘Shelley and The Pony of the Year’?

    ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is a forever favorite for me. Often I’ll do a riff on it, for example, if it’s obvious that somethings really sucks, I’ll say “I do not like (insert the thing), I do not like them, Sam-I-am.”

  11. Alice Audrey

    We have some Berenstain Bears and a bunch of Seuss, but the rest are new to me.

  12. Auntie Q

    Love Dr. Seuss! One of my favorites was As Right As Right Can Be. :cool:

  13. Clara

    I’ve always loved books. I read Dr. Seuss and the Baranstain Bears to my daughter when she was young.

  14. Fedora

    Ooh, I remember most of those, and my kids are enjoying some of them these days–my daughter especially loves the Berenstain Bears and Richard Scarry. We also just got done reading the Little House books (I read them aloud to them–the two older ones were pretty into them, but the youngest less so) and the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. I loved all of Beverly Cleary’s books, too, and they’re starting to read those themselves (I LOVE that they can read now, and though it’s still fun to read to/with them, it’s great they can enjoy the process themselves, too!) Anyway, I’ve got loads of childhood favorites that I hope they’ll read and love, too!

  15. Shelley Munro

    It sounds like we all read similar books when we were younger. They’re oldies but goodies.

  16. Heather

    Sadly, we don’t have any of the books of our childhood. My mom (foolishly) gave them all to an aunt for her cousin, and they were neighter appreciated or taken care of. I remember the The Berenstain Bears, Seuss (of course), Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Little House…so many others. Some of my personal faves were Sophie and Gussie, Why Can’t I Fly, and My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes.

  17. samulli

    I always loved books, but I really have trouble remembering which ones I read as a child. Although, what with me being german you probably wouldn’t know most of them anyway, just like I don’t know a single one on this list. But now that I am all grown up I still love to check out childrens books sometimes, even though I don’t have kids myself. Strange, huh? ;-)