Favorite Childhood Reading
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As a pre-adolescent girl I can’t imagine life without the escape I got from my favorite books. Incidentally, they still hold places in my heart today.
For instance, among the most influential and remembered tales were “Are you there GOD, it’s me, Margaret, The Boxcar Children, and the V.C Andrews, Flowers In The Attic series.”
Over the years, I have looked for these books to share with my children in hopes of creating a love for reading in them. Now, I am ready to start sharing with my grandchildren, my young readers, as well as my readers and their families. What were your favorites growing up?
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume
The most influential book I read as a pre-teen, maybe ever.
To summarize, the story goes into great detail about what it’s like to be a young girl facing puberty and the author does a fantastic job making Margaret real and identifiable. Although quite outdated I believe it is still a great book for young girls to read.
For example, it describes some of the issues we face making new friends, moving away, make-up, our periods, first crushes, and
The Boxcar Children,Gertrude C. Warner
The Boxcar Children was my first look at orphans and the strong bond of siblings. However, the book changed drastically for me reading it as an adult.
For instance, as a child, the book immediately drew me in. To begin with, I remember the girls setting up an old abandoned boxcar as a home and most of all I remember the chipped tea set they found and used for dinner each night. Something about the whole setup made me dream of one day having my own boxcar and tea set.
Teachers: below is a Common Core guide for Boxcar children for first and third graders if you are interested in utilizing these tales in class.
Flowers In The Attic Series, VC Andrews
Lastly, I came across this series in my early teens. In brief, it is a heartbreaking tale of siblings being abandoned by their mother at their rich grandmother’s mansion. Soon, the grandmother had locked the children away in the attic.
The most memorable part of the book for me, particularly, was the children realizing that their grandmother was feeding them arsenic and they were getting frail and sick. Also included in this series
- Petals on the wind
- If there be thorns
- Seeds of yesterday
- Garden of Shadows (prequel)
Again, a story about a set of orphaned children. Each has a special place in my heart, and I think they are still relevant in this age and worth taking a look.
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