Friday, October 14, 2011

Five for Friday

My good friends at the paper hangover are discussing this question.
What are my Top FIVE favorite books from Childhood.

1) Only One Woof by James Harriet - Its a story about a dog who only barks one time, (as the title suggests) Even as an adult I cry thinking about it.  It was a perfect story.

2) There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom-  This is the first book I found symbolism in and it's the first book I openly cried reading - IN CLASS IN FRONT OF MY PEERS.  It's a book about a new kid who accidentally ends up in the girls bathroom and the bully he has to face.   It's one of those books that stayed with me for a long time.

3) Where the Sidewalk Ends- 'nuff said. -- To this day I still watching for the end point of sidewalks, knowing that the cover is clearly a lie, but I still don't want to take that chance.

4) The Vampire Diaries- L.J Smith is the reason WHY I started writing.  I have not gone back to reread them because I'm terrified they won't be as good as I remember.  Sometimes memories should be persevered has holy and untouched my dreaded reality. 

Note I'm even kicking it old school with the covers

5) The Day Jim's Boa Ate the Wash.  A great book about the unpredictable.  It's a wonderful story about a girl describing her day at the farm.  I loved it as a kid and my daughter loves it now.  It's like the circle of life. 

What's cool is most of these books are timeless.  What's your top five books from childhood?


  1. Oooh, the only one I know is the Shel Silverstein. These all sound so good, though. I did more picture books than childhood books-

  2. I remember the boa book. And you're better off not rereading LJ Smith, I'm pretty sure you'll cringe now.

  3. Shel Silverstein is pretty awesome! As for the Vampire Diaries, I couldn't agree more with Alicia on that one. Here's a sample of the writing:

    "Oh, little love,” he groaned. “Little lovely love…”

    And I just threw up in my mouth...

    Great list :)

  4. Awwww - my heart's already breaking for that dog. I must read that book!

    And I only know of the Shel Silverstein one too - maybe I need to fix this!

    Happy Friday!

  5. I don't think I ever read the Shel Silverstein book--but if I'd seen that cover in the library when I was a kid, I would have picked it up I'm sure. :)

  6. I love that last one! Anything illustrated by Steven Kellogg was on my list~ I love that guy :)