What books did you read as a child?

I’ve always been a big reader. My parents used to read to me every night before I went to bed, so maybe reading is just ingrained in me.

I read an article on the Huffington Post the other day entitled Here’s What Your Favorite Children’s Book Series Says About You and it just reminded me of all the amazing series I used to read.

Perhaps my favourite series was the Sweet Valley series. Did anyone else read this? I grew up with them! I read Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, Sweet Valley College. I also remember reading a lot of Baby Sitters Club books and the Saddle Club. Also Animorphs and Goosebumps.

Ah good times. What books did you read as a child?

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110 Responses to What books did you read as a child?

  1. rlsharpe says:

    I read the baby sitters club and goosebumps, and Paul Jennings too. As a teen I was really into Roswell High books because I loved the TV show Roswell. I read a lot more now than I did as a kid, and YA books are my favourite books to read 🙂

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  2. rlsharpe says:

    I read the baby sitters club and goosebumps, and Paul Jennings too. As a teen I was really into Roswell High books because I loved the TV show Roswell. I read a lot more now than I did as a kid, and YA books are my favourite books to read 🙂

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  3. Reading and writing wasn’t valued much in my family and community, which is why it has taken me so long to value myself as a writer, but I remember three beautiful bound books I received one year as part of a reprint publishing series. Each book had a different color hardcover , one dark green, one burgundy etched with gold and the stories were Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn. For some reason, I don’t remember the third story title or the book cover, but I’ve never forgotten those books and how I treasured them.

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  4. Reading and writing wasn’t valued much in my family and community, which is why it has taken me so long to value myself as a writer, but I remember three beautiful bound books I received one year as part of a reprint publishing series. Each book had a different color hardcover , one dark green, one burgundy etched with gold and the stories were Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn. For some reason, I don’t remember the third story title or the book cover, but I’ve never forgotten those books and how I treasured them.

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  5. justaddtea says:

    I read a lot. It’s probably the reason I went on to get an English degree. Of the books listed in the article, I’ve read several, and actually the combination of all the explanations works for me. I read Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Babysitter’s Club, A Wrinkle in Time, the Boxcar Children, and Goosebumps. I know there were others, but those were the ones listed in the article that I recognized as having read.

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  6. justaddtea says:

    I read a lot. It’s probably the reason I went on to get an English degree. Of the books listed in the article, I’ve read several, and actually the combination of all the explanations works for me. I read Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Babysitter’s Club, A Wrinkle in Time, the Boxcar Children, and Goosebumps. I know there were others, but those were the ones listed in the article that I recognized as having read.

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  7. Paul J Gies says:

    As a child… Dr Seuss was my first love, as with many people. Charlotte’s Web was my intro to sadness in fiction. The ridiculous but sort of sublime “Revolt on Alpha C” was my intro to science fiction. And then at 12 my sister turned me on to the Lord of the Rings and everything changed. My teen years were capped by the discovery of H. P. Lovecraft, and everything changed again, Mervyn Peake’s “Gormenghast” trilogy: I’m finally rereading that now.

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  8. Paul J Gies says:

    As a child… Dr Seuss was my first love, as with many people. Charlotte’s Web was my intro to sadness in fiction. The ridiculous but sort of sublime “Revolt on Alpha C” was my intro to science fiction. And then at 12 my sister turned me on to the Lord of the Rings and everything changed. My teen years were capped by the discovery of H. P. Lovecraft, and everything changed again, Mervyn Peake’s “Gormenghast” trilogy: I’m finally rereading that now.

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  9. aliveatnight says:

    You’ll see me on video barely able to walk and pretending I can read Steven King books! I really adored the American Girl series, Goosebumps and the babysitters club. I also enjoyed reading child versions of black beauty and Jane Eyre.

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  10. aliveatnight says:

    You’ll see me on video barely able to walk and pretending I can read Steven King books! I really adored the American Girl series, Goosebumps and the babysitters club. I also enjoyed reading child versions of black beauty and Jane Eyre.

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  11. mandyboo93 says:

    I read the baby sitters club, Animal ark, umm thats all i can think of right now..

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  12. mandyboo93 says:

    I read the baby sitters club, Animal ark, umm thats all i can think of right now..

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  13. Sweet Valley, Babysitter’s Club, Saddle Club (OH MY GOD, I totally forgot about those books until I saw this post!), Animorphs AND Goosebumps—me too! I’ve also read a lot of the books that people on here who’ve commented have read: Nancy Drew, Chronicles of Narnia, American Girls (I had the Samantha doll 😛 ). The one that sticks out most to me when I was a teen (14-16ish) was Circle of Three (cool books about three witches in their teens that meet and practice Wicca together—I was obsessed with these books!).

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  14. Sweet Valley, Babysitter’s Club, Saddle Club (OH MY GOD, I totally forgot about those books until I saw this post!), Animorphs AND Goosebumps—me too! I’ve also read a lot of the books that people on here who’ve commented have read: Nancy Drew, Chronicles of Narnia, American Girls (I had the Samantha doll 😛 ). The one that sticks out most to me when I was a teen (14-16ish) was Circle of Three (cool books about three witches in their teens that meet and practice Wicca together—I was obsessed with these books!).

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  15. Louise says:

    Oh yes – Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High. I think I was “past it” by the time that Sweet Valley College came around because I don’t remember them.

    I also did Babysitters Club and Babysitters Club Little Sister, as well as Nancy Drew.

    There was a Romance Series whose name evades me at present – if it comes back to me, I’ll let you know. That said, one of my favorites when I was 13 or so were all the Christopher Pike books. I still have them all in storage to share with my girls when they are old enough. I thought those were fabulous!

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  16. Louise says:

    Oh yes – Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High. I think I was “past it” by the time that Sweet Valley College came around because I don’t remember them.

    I also did Babysitters Club and Babysitters Club Little Sister, as well as Nancy Drew.

    There was a Romance Series whose name evades me at present – if it comes back to me, I’ll let you know. That said, one of my favorites when I was 13 or so were all the Christopher Pike books. I still have them all in storage to share with my girls when they are old enough. I thought those were fabulous!

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  17. Faythe. says:

    I LOVE the Saddle Club when I was younger, and my favorite book series was My Side of the Mountain. I always dreamed of doing what Sam did – run away from home and live in a tree in the woods.
    Thank you for the post! It’s gotten me want to read allmy old favorite kids novels!

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  18. Faythe. says:

    I LOVE the Saddle Club when I was younger, and my favorite book series was My Side of the Mountain. I always dreamed of doing what Sam did – run away from home and live in a tree in the woods.
    Thank you for the post! It’s gotten me want to read allmy old favorite kids novels!

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  19. Onyx says:

    I used to devour ‘The Saddle Club’ and Virginia Andrews’ novels in the 80’s and 90’s!

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  20. Onyx says:

    I used to devour ‘The Saddle Club’ and Virginia Andrews’ novels in the 80’s and 90’s!

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  21. Barbara Rath says:

    I clicked on your link and realized I had read almost every book on the list! Thanks and congratulations on blogging!

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  22. Barbara Rath says:

    I clicked on your link and realized I had read almost every book on the list! Thanks and congratulations on blogging!

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  23. Ronny K says:

    Am I the only one who still rereads what he read as a child? I’m obsessed with this topic.

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  24. Ronny K says:

    Am I the only one who still rereads what he read as a child? I’m obsessed with this topic.

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  25. raebird says:

    Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, right? I read those!
    I also loved the Carver Trilogy by Sue Harrison: Mother Earth, Father Sky, My Sister the Moon, and Brother Wind. They were about prehistoric Aleut tribes, but rather than focus on history, they were rich with love, fear, motherhood and community. I highly recommend – even to adults – let this be your new beach read.

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  26. raebird says:

    Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, right? I read those!
    I also loved the Carver Trilogy by Sue Harrison: Mother Earth, Father Sky, My Sister the Moon, and Brother Wind. They were about prehistoric Aleut tribes, but rather than focus on history, they were rich with love, fear, motherhood and community. I highly recommend – even to adults – let this be your new beach read.

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  27. barn7777 says:

    I was a big fan of the Babysitter’s Club Books–my favorites were the mystery series. I did read Goosebumps (and watched the show as well). I remember Sweet Valley High, although I only read one book, which was part of a 2 book series and never found the second book to complete the story 🙂

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  28. barn7777 says:

    I was a big fan of the Babysitter’s Club Books–my favorites were the mystery series. I did read Goosebumps (and watched the show as well). I remember Sweet Valley High, although I only read one book, which was part of a 2 book series and never found the second book to complete the story 🙂

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  29. Oh gosh, childhood books! So many good ones. I enjoyed the Baby Sitter’s Club books and wound up joining the Scholastics book club, getting three new Baby Sitter’s Club books a month. It got to the point where I had way more than I was able to read, so we had to cancel my subscription. I still have all of them, hidden in the garage because there’s not enough space in any of my bookcases anymore.
    Then there was the Nancy Drew series. My mom got me hooked on those. And then during my sophomore year of college, my childhood was ruined. My Literary Research and Analysis professor told the class that Carolyn Keene was not a real person, that it was a name created as a pseudonym for a team of writers/editors created the series.
    And there are so many more. The American Girl Dolls series (Samantha was my favorite), the Magic Attic books, and the Bailey School Kids series.
    Then in middle school I finally broke down and began the Harry Potter series. Rowling is a genius. I still read those books over and over again!

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  30. Oh gosh, childhood books! So many good ones. I enjoyed the Baby Sitter’s Club books and wound up joining the Scholastics book club, getting three new Baby Sitter’s Club books a month. It got to the point where I had way more than I was able to read, so we had to cancel my subscription. I still have all of them, hidden in the garage because there’s not enough space in any of my bookcases anymore.
    Then there was the Nancy Drew series. My mom got me hooked on those. And then during my sophomore year of college, my childhood was ruined. My Literary Research and Analysis professor told the class that Carolyn Keene was not a real person, that it was a name created as a pseudonym for a team of writers/editors created the series.
    And there are so many more. The American Girl Dolls series (Samantha was my favorite), the Magic Attic books, and the Bailey School Kids series.
    Then in middle school I finally broke down and began the Harry Potter series. Rowling is a genius. I still read those books over and over again!

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  31. I learned to read with Dr Seuss. My parents read me Just So Stories and Winnie the Pooh, and I can still recite chunks of these stories! Years later, I read them to my own son. Many of the books listed above are familiar too …

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  32. I learned to read with Dr Seuss. My parents read me Just So Stories and Winnie the Pooh, and I can still recite chunks of these stories! Years later, I read them to my own son. Many of the books listed above are familiar too …

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  33. J.R.Barker says:

    Oh my life! Animorphs and Goosbumps, I loved them both, though It was such a long time ago since I read Animorphs I can’t remember them.
    There was a book I do remember the storyline of, it’s about a girl who could transform into any animal that she wanted, but I can’t remember the name of it. Sorry for being vague.

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  34. J.R.Barker says:

    Oh my life! Animorphs and Goosbumps, I loved them both, though It was such a long time ago since I read Animorphs I can’t remember them.
    There was a book I do remember the storyline of, it’s about a girl who could transform into any animal that she wanted, but I can’t remember the name of it. Sorry for being vague.

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  35. mooosings says:

    Oh wow, I read Animorphs too! It used to give me nightmares about the Yeerks DX Never finished the series though. Always did wonder what happened to those kids in the end…

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  36. mooosings says:

    Oh wow, I read Animorphs too! It used to give me nightmares about the Yeerks DX Never finished the series though. Always did wonder what happened to those kids in the end…

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  37. joleefinch183 says:

    I remember reading (and being read) Dr. Seuss, Goosebumps, and Le Petit Prince (but in Spanish, I don’t know French, unfortunately) and I also recall I wasn’t a fan of any “Disney” (or better put, folktale-based) fairy tales. Most of the time, I thought The Little Mermaid was too scary or the villains in most stories too evil. But then I was fine with Stephen King. Absolutely fine.
    I grew up with the Archie comics. I still have an edition somewhere, and I wanted to be Betty because I thought Veronica was too uptight.
    Up to this day, I still read Le Petit Prince and it gets me every time. I can’t help it anymore if the waterworks come. 🙂
    Most of the literature I still keep or study has to do with either of the World Wars in one way or another. I can’t call myself a millennium person just yet even when I was still young with the 21st century broke out (I was 12), so most of the things people label as “too old” I still cherish in one way or another.

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  38. joleefinch183 says:

    I remember reading (and being read) Dr. Seuss, Goosebumps, and Le Petit Prince (but in Spanish, I don’t know French, unfortunately) and I also recall I wasn’t a fan of any “Disney” (or better put, folktale-based) fairy tales. Most of the time, I thought The Little Mermaid was too scary or the villains in most stories too evil. But then I was fine with Stephen King. Absolutely fine.
    I grew up with the Archie comics. I still have an edition somewhere, and I wanted to be Betty because I thought Veronica was too uptight.
    Up to this day, I still read Le Petit Prince and it gets me every time. I can’t help it anymore if the waterworks come. 🙂
    Most of the literature I still keep or study has to do with either of the World Wars in one way or another. I can’t call myself a millennium person just yet even when I was still young with the 21st century broke out (I was 12), so most of the things people label as “too old” I still cherish in one way or another.

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  39. sarahlearichards says:

    I read these in middle school, The Baby-Sitters Club in elementary and V.C. Andrews (“Flowers in the Attic”) in high school.

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  40. sarahlearichards says:

    I read these in middle school, The Baby-Sitters Club in elementary and V.C. Andrews (“Flowers in the Attic”) in high school.

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  41. nicolarwhite says:

    My sister and I once wrote a long, rambling letter to the author of the Animorphs series with a numbered list of questions. For a long time, we held out hope that we would get a response to such burning questions as “If an Animorph had a baby, would it be a human or an animal?”. Alas, we never did find out.

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  42. nicolarwhite says:

    My sister and I once wrote a long, rambling letter to the author of the Animorphs series with a numbered list of questions. For a long time, we held out hope that we would get a response to such burning questions as “If an Animorph had a baby, would it be a human or an animal?”. Alas, we never did find out.

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  43. I read quite a few books when I was younger. At one point I was reading an entire book a day. Recently my amount of reading has dwindled down significantly because I haven’t found something to get into yet and I find myself a bit pressed for time. I don’t remember Saddle Valley, but I really loved Goosebumps and Animorphs. I was also into Beverly Cleary’s books as well. The ones about Ramona, Henry, and Beezus were always nice, but I also liked some of her other ones like that mouse on a motorcycle (Can’t remember the name of it). J.K. Rowling really inspired me to get invested into reading Fantasy novels, and in turn writing various works as well. I awkwardly started Harry Potter on the third book only to have a hard time understanding it. This made me determined to better my reading skills and vocabulary. Soon I would grab the first book and overtime I was able to read them with ease. That series also served as the bridge for me to get into books like Eragon and Lord of the Rings. I could never get into Babysitters Club, but I think that’s just a preference thing. I can’t count the amount of Dr. Seuss books I’ve read. The one I find the most memorable to me is Oh, The Places You’ll Go! though.

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  44. beatthemtodeathwiththeirownshoes says:

    I didn’t actually read as a child. Apart from one book about a kitten learning to survive on Exmoor… that was it. I only started reading when I started writing comic books at the age of 25. I suppose the ‘fucking and fighting’ days of my later childhood were all about research. 🙂

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  45. beatthemtodeathwiththeirownshoes says:

    I didn’t actually read as a child. Apart from one book about a kitten learning to survive on Exmoor… that was it. I only started reading when I started writing comic books at the age of 25. I suppose the ‘fucking and fighting’ days of my later childhood were all about research. 🙂

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  46. albertnewell says:

    Goosebumps were definitely my go to when I was a kid! I did blog about the subject myself…

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  47. albertnewell says:

    Goosebumps were definitely my go to when I was a kid! I did blog about the subject myself…

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  48. skylatte says:

    Sweet Valley High + SV prequel and sequel series; The babysitters Club; Nancy Drew; Judy Bloom; The famous five; Mallory Towers and Trebizon.

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  49. skylatte says:

    Sweet Valley High + SV prequel and sequel series; The babysitters Club; Nancy Drew; Judy Bloom; The famous five; Mallory Towers and Trebizon.

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