Where would I be without Beverly Cleary?
For that matter, where would I be without Judy Blume and Zilpha Keatley Snyder? I can’t say for sure, but likely living in a van down by the river.
These fabulous women along with Ann M. Martin, she who wrote The Babysitters Club series, and Francine Pascal of Sweet Valley High legend, inspired within me a lifelong love of reading.
The first books I recall absolutely totally falling in love with are about the inimitable Ramona Quimby. How I loved Ramona and the cast of characters that populate her world. But there are so many more.
Who remembers Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? Pippi Longstocking? The Boxcar Children? How To Eat Fried Worms? Bonus points if you remember the series of books about a boy named Soup!
If, like me, you’re hoping to inspire within your kids a lifelong love of reading and are looking beyond the standard Harry Potter/Diary of a Wimpy Kid mania that is currently all the rage, click onward for dozens of the best books for kids ever written. Even if you don’t have kids the books are definitely worth a click down memory lane.
*Note: whenever possible I used images of the book covers I had as a kid so I might spark your memory too. What I’m saying is, you will not be seeing Selena Gomez associated with Ramona Quimby here although you will see a photo of Megan Follows as Anne Shirley because DUH.
So I left stuff like Charlotte’s Web off the list for obvious reasons. I mean, if you aren’t aware of Charlotte’s web you should get your citizenship in humanity revoked. But what other stuff am I missing? What books do you think of first when you think of your childhood? What books will you absolutely share with your kids?
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