happy anniversary, huck

In honor of the anniversary of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (published Feb. 18, 1885), Penguin Books asked people on Twitter about their favorite book as a child.  My answer was easy — Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes.  I read this book over and over and over again until it literally fell apart.  (The book sat on my shelf held together by rubber bands for years.)  Somewhere along the way I lost it and requested a replacement copy for Christmas a few years back.  I was thrilled to get it and promptly reread it yet again, but I was shocked by how small of a book it seemed; although I haven’t noticed any parts missing, I’m sure the copy I had as an eight-year-old was much longer.

Other childhood favorites — all read to the point of destruction, I think —  included Children on the Top Floor (also by Streatfeild), the Little House books, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Caddie Woodlawn, and All-of-a-Kind Family.  Much to my parents’ annoyance, I was also completely enraptured with a number of series, particularly The Baby-Sitters’ Club. 

With the exception of the BSC books (though I certainly think of them with some nostalgia), I’ve picked all of these up on occasion throughout my adult life as well.  But I’m always open to new suggestions for great children’s literature.  What were your favorites?


~ by Molly on February 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “happy anniversary, huck”

  1. I thought I was the only one who read “From the Mixed Up Files..”

    I also loved the Narnia books. “Harriet the Spy” put me off journal-writing forever.

    • Nope, I loved From the Mixed-Up Files. What I didn’t realize as a kid was how many other great books E.L. Konigsburg has written. Some, of course, came out later, but others I just didn’t know about. The Second Mrs. Giaconda, The View From Saturday, Silent to the Bone — all great books that I discovered in college or later. She’s got a bunch more that I haven’t managed to get to yet, but hope to at some point.

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