Friday Five: Kid’s Books

Every Friday I’ll indulge my order-crazed brain in a list of randomness. Welcome to my Friday Fives.

I have a little over a month until my next Shelf Life, but you know books are never far from my mind…or heart. Just today I received three…THREE…notifications from the library that more books are in for me to pick-up. Cue me reading like a mad woman.

Earlier this week I saw a great Buzzfeed post about What 17 Adults Learned From Rereading Their Favorite Childhood Books. (Tagline: It’s never too late to go back.) It immediately made me so nostalgic and wanting to find comfort in my familiar friends. With so many new books I want to read, it’s hard for me to think about taking that time to reread books I loved, but I think that’s important. I found that I do want to revisit these world, even if I haven’t been back since I was in the single digits.

I’ve written about the classics I still shoud read, but here are my classics I’m suddenly dying to reread, complete with the exact covers on my tattered editions. (Separate topic: How much I love book covers.)

5. The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Circa 1986-1990, Beverly Cleary was my jam. I was practically part Quimby, but it’s this little mouse and his adventures that really stole my heart. I still have all of my old copies sitting in my bedroom at home. Tempted to pack ’em up and bring them to Utah to see what I can glean from Ralph almost 25+ years later. Is it weird that I can still remember reading this book–where I was, what was happening, etc. I swear, my memory can really freak me out sometimes.


4. Shel Silverstein poems

Yes, The Growing Tree is very nice and touching of course, but his whimsical, edgy poems always cracked me up and I even knew a few by heart years ago. It would be fun to relive them and then recite them.


3. To Kill a Mockingbird

This isn’t really a children’s book, but I guess when you’re pushing 34 high school can count as childhood, right? This is a must reread before Go Set a Watchman comes out this summer.


2. The Phantom Tollbooth

Never has one penned a more clever tale. This sits on my bookshelf here…IN UTAH…AS AN ADULT. That’s how much I love it, but it’s been a long time since I’ve read it. I’ll need to fix that, maybe this summer.


1. Matilda

Old Faithful. The only kid’s story that made my Top Ten Books list. I don’t know what happened to my copy, but I’m in the process of getting a new one…or two…because, you know, there are some new covers since I first read it and I just can’t pick a favorite. That’s normal, right? (Truth be told: I have multiple copies of both The Phantom Tollbooth and To Kill a Mockingbird. *le sigh*)



2 thoughts on “Friday Five: Kid’s Books

  1. Can I request that you gift Abby with The Phantom Tollbooth someday? I’ve never read it, myself. I’m in the process of re-reading Roald Dahl too. Wish we could have our kids lit book club!

  2. Pingback: LiNo’s Libros: Matilda | hashtag marci

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