Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. This week is a TTT rewind, so I decided to talk about my favorites from my childhood.
1. The Story of May, Mordicai Gerstein. I read this book so much during second grade that my teacher just gave it to me at the end of the year. It’s this lovely story about the months as people, with little May going through the year to visit all of her relatives. Hello, gorgeous illustrations!
2. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. When I was organizing the children’s books while interning at a library last year, I found this and read it…not going to lie, I still laughed hysterically.
3. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Joffe Numeroff. In first grade, we had to write our own versions of this story. Mine was called “If You Give a Cat a Candy Cane.” A teacher’s aide typed out our words and we illustrated and then the library bound it into a book that was kept in the library. My first published work! hahaha
4. Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (Dear America), Ellen Emerson White. I checked this book out from the library so many times during elementary school. It was obviously the best Dear America book.
5. The Giver, Lois Lowry. I still love this book. We read it in seventh grade, and as a project, we split into groups and had to create our own society with a set of rules and people. I remember my group did some kind of tree society where everyone lived in treetops…
6. Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech. Best yard sale find ever.
7. Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar. These are some of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
8. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin. One of the cleverest books. I finally bought a copy for myself a few years ago.
9. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli. I didn’t get the brilliance of this book at first, but it came to me with many re-readings.
10. Just Ella, Margaret Peterson Haddix. Though not my favorite Cinderella retelling (that award goes to Ella Enchanted), I still loved reading this one. It’s a what-if-happily-ever-after-isn’t-so-perfect telling, and I loved the romance.