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It’s not often that I get to a book review, but this month I have two in the works for you guys!  I actually love it as it forces me to find time to turn off the computer and actually read a real book with real pages…

Caroline Starr Rose, is a children’s author who left a full time teaching position to focus on her writing, which definitely paid off with the book May B. The book is written for school aged children 8-12 but I  was just as enthralled as my girls were.  I actually read the book in one night.  It’s a story similar to The Little House books, not only in a historical country setting but also in values.

We have a challenge in our house (a good one I guess) to find books appropriate for our girls to read.  They are 6 but can read on a much higher reading level.  Many of the chapter books that we get, my husband or I have to read first to make sure they are truly a good book for a 6 year old.  I will say on a family friendly level there is nothing in this book to worry about.

The basic plot:

Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, or May B. as she is known, is helping out on a neighbor’s Kansas prairie homestead, “Just until Christmas,” says her Pa. Twelve-year-old May wants to contribute, but it’s hard to be separated from her family by fifteen long, unfamiliar miles.

Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned to the oncoming winter, trapped all alone in a tiny snow-covered sod house without any way to let her family know and no neighbors to turn to. In her solitude, she wavers between relishing her freedom and succumbing to utter despair, while trying to survive in the harshest conditions. Her physical struggle to first withstand and then to escape her prison is matched by tormenting memories of her failures at school. Only a very strong girl will be able to stand up to both and emerge alive and well.

I was a little concerned that my girls would get upset at her struggles of being alone, but they seemed more impressed that she still did her chores even though no one was there!  I love it!

May B. has earned accolades as a Junior Library Guild Selection. Amazon named it one of the four top children’s books released in January 2012. The novel also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews (the self-acclaimed “world’s toughest book critics”).

The Giveaway:

Caroline Starr Rose is giving away 10 copies of her book, May B. to Southern Savers readers!

To Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me your favorite childhood book.

Winners will be chosen and posted to the Giveaway Winners Page Friday, 3/9.  This giveaway was sponsored by Caroline, but all opinions are 100% my own.

    • Sherri

      Green Eggs and Ham, then as I got older, the Nancy Drew books.

    • fink6pack

      The Little House Series.

    • Lksoni23

      My favorite book was Are You My Mother?.

    • Joy McSwain

      My favorite books were also the “Little House” series so I know I would love the “May B” book. Plus, I am a children’s librarian!!

    • Melissa

      My favorites have always been V.C. Andrews books, Flowers in the Attic, etc.

    • mary

      I loved the William Farley books .. the black stallion series

    • Couponma

      Sounds like a great book. Would love one for my daughter.

    • The Lottery Rose.

    • Kimberly P

      I loved the Little House on the Prairie series so much that I named my daughter after Laura. 

    • Sprose

      ” If you give a Mouse a Cookie” was great fun to read to my girls.  I loved to read everything as a child and The Nancy Drew Mysteries were my favorites!

    • sc

      Black Beauty (or any horse book!)

    • Stephanie

      ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ my fave – and a book I earned in elementary school for checking out the most books from the library that year.  :)

    • Eadonham21

      I love the Dear America Books! 

    • Jaymee024

      My favorite childhood books were the Judy Blume books!

    • Jennie

      One of my faves was Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  I know it so well now that I even read it as an adult in the Spanish translation to work on my comprehension!

    • Traci0322

      A Wrinkle In Time, also The Little Prince.

    • Kellyenatella

      100 Dresses- which would be an excellent book for your girls to read. Wonderful, simple story with a message of dreaming and not judging. It’s great.

    • Amymchone

      I am so sad to say, I dont remember reading books when I was little. My mom died when I was 6 years old. But I love to read now as an adult. I would really enjoy reading this book my May B.

    • 4gladkids

      i read the entire Laura Ingalls series as a young girl and I have a 11 yr old daughter that I would love to have read this book

    • Leigh

      I loved the Trixie Belden books.

    • Houseofjoy2000

      Let the Circle be Unbroken. Fascinating book about the South during the Civil War.

    • Cdzoba

      I would have to say Eloise!

    • Candy

      There is a Monster at the End of this Book….. totally <3

    • tracy webb

      I love Green Eggs and Ham.

    • Kepleym

      As a young adult, and even still now, I love Charlie & the Chocolate Factory :)

    • Kaci6

      I love the Louis Sachar story Sideways story from Wayside School.I often read it to my students even though they are only in kindergarten.  They love the ideas of crazy school and things that happen there.  They often compare them to our school.  A teacher read this book to us as a class and we loved it, it is a great read aloud as a chapter book.

    • Regina64


    • Hillery Glover

      The Babysitters Club Series

    • Dredre602

      Nancy Drew & the Babysitters Club books :)

    • Leah

      I loved all the Little House books and have read them multiple times, but I think my favorite was A Little Princess.

    • Gonzohohn

      All of the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing were fantastic, plus Freckle Juice and about anything that Judy Blume wrote.  I did enjoy the Little House books and I’m about to start those aloud with my 6 1/2 year old daughter.

    • Jenshu007

      My favorite book growing up was The Giving Tree.  My grandmother wrote notes in it which makes it even more special now.

    • frances

      Many favorites, but I really enjoyed reading JunieB Jones series with my children!  And Shel Silvertein poetry.  Both are hillarious.

    • Smdaniel

      I read and re-read every book in The Little House series. Watched every episode of the TV series as well!!

    • Hmckay726

      I loved the Ramona Quinby series.

    • Elizabeth

      I used to read all the Little House books every summer–loved them!

    • J.

      I loved the LITTLE HOUSE books, but MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE is a close second.

    • tee54

      Reading is a family thing . My husband and I both read and we raised boys, they read . We now have granddaughters 8 and 5 . They both were read to before they were born , never to early. they read and love to be read too. They love books about  real llive animals .

    • Dstapp

      My family likes the Harry Potter collection.

    • Natalie559

      Where the red fern grows and the babysitter club books

    • HM1968

      I liked the Judy Blume series when I was younger.  I’ve now gotten my 9 and 3 year old interested in reading.  When I come home from the library I’d better have at least 1 book for my 3 y/o.  She asks each time I bring in a book “that book for me?”  She takes them & spreads them out on the floor and chooses one to read!

    • Acy01

      Nancy Drew was aways my favorite and I still have all but about 3 of the original hardcover books :)

    • mamaduck

      i remember reading twin valley high books and r.l. stein books, but realize now I don’t really want my kids reading those.  May B. sounds like a good book for my 8 year old!

    • Debbie

      The Nancy Drew Mysteries and Charlotte’s Web were my favorites. 

    • Guisler

      I loved Nancy Drew, but my dad made me stop reading them because that was ALL I wanted to read-ha!  I have a daughter now who is following in my steps.  We haven’t banned Nancy Drew, but do make her read a couple different books before she starts a new Drew mystery.

    • Cheryl M.

      My favorite book was Charlotte’s Web. In fact, I still have that same book from my childhood, and now my children read it.

    • Yoja2006

      I like the Magic Treehouse series a lot.  These have been the “magic” chapter books that finally got my child to want to read.  Thank you!

    • Amyt

      Nancy Drew was one of my favorites!
      We are having the same issue here with finding appropriate books for my 6yo.  I bought her Junie B Jones books for Christmas (great price on the first several books).  Well, when the books arrived, I was horrified by some of the titles.  Then I read one.  It was even worse than I expected!  Those books are still sitting here.  I will never give them to my girls, but I don’t even want to pass them on to Goodwill!
      I ordered the Little House books last night on Amazon when I saw the price had gone down by a couple of dollars.  We’re sticking with the classics.

    • Hokieez

      My DD would LOVE this (and I probably will, too, since my fave books WERE the Little House books)!

    • b j

      my folks could not buy a lot of books, but one that i remember was a Golden Book series about Annie Oakley.  still can remember some of pictures in book.

    • A favorite that first comes to mind is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.  I had to have read it at least ten times in the 5th grade.  :)

    • Vicki

      Wow! So many…I think Charlotte’s Web is definitely a contender!

    • Linda B

      I loved the Trixie Belden books. I still have several of the books.

    • Treeky3

      Madeleine L’ Engle, Shel Silverstein, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Carol Maud Montgomery, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Jesse Stuart…wow, so much more.  I’m excited that my daughter is now getting into books and I can’t wait to explore these old and many new ones with her.

    • Nyingling

      My favorite book series was Sweet Valley High….I wonder if my daughter will like them when she gets older! 

    • MEW

      My grandmother had a collection of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books and I loved to read them over and over and over again!

    • Vickie

      Pippi Longstocking was my favorite childhood character.  Her quirky ways and her sense of independence gave me more confidence to be myself and to take some adventures of my own. 

    • joyfulw5

      Sue Barton books by Helen Dore Boylston writen in the 1940s. This series inspired me to be an R.N. when I grew up (and now am).

    • Kandygirlmcd

      I loved Nancy Drew and Little Women.

    • Longcarol759

      I always had books when I was young but my best memory is of Tresure Island. As a child what an adventure.

    • cvslady

      I loved Anne of Green Gables and The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew.

    • Wndibrd

      I loved Anne of Green Gables. I would love this book as I too homeschool and have  5 and 7 year old girls :)

    • Wndibrd

      I loved Anne of Green Gables. I would love this book as I too homeschool and have  5 and 7 year old girls :)

    • Awerner80

      I loved the Little House on the Prairie Series and read them all before 4th grade.  I was also a huge fan of a series of books about a girl named Trixie Belden, who was more of a modern day (in the 80’s) Nancy Drew.

    • Ashley b

      I loved the ‘little house’ books and another favorite was ‘caddie Woodlawn’ I can’t remember the author’s name, but it was along the same lines as the Laura I galls wilder series.

    • Ruth

      I had too many to pick just one! But one series that I loved was the Chronicles of Narnia. And if I really have to pick one of those, I’d say The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

    • Lmarthur124

      I loved the Anne of Green Gables series and I am reading the Little House books to my daughter.  I’ll bet she would love this one!

    • Susan

      I read lots of “Little Golden Books” and loved ALL books (and still do)!

    • Lauryann

      Cat in The Hat

    • Rowell123

      Charlottes Web can still make me cry!

    • Lovero Angie

      Charlotte’s Web.

    • Keysunset

      As others have said, too many favorites to list!  But even as an adult I love the Laura Ingalls Wilder books (especially “By the Shores of Silver Lake” and “The Long Winter”) and books by Louisa May Alcott (especially “Jack and Jill” and “Eight Cousins”).  But as an adult I loved discovering the books about Homer Price and the Jane Langton books (“The Swing in the Summerhouse,” “The Diamond in the Window”, etc.)

    • Andrea Belton

      Growing up I read alot of Judy Bloom books, R.L Stine, Babysitters Club and my favorite story was Sarah Plain& Tall. I hope I win a copy because I have been searching for some new books to crossover with for my daughter. Her imagination has surpassed the Golden books, disney stories, and some of her Dr. Suess.

    • Melissam0202

      I read a lot as a child, but loved the Christopher Pike books as a teen…but my favorite childhood book was Mr. Popper’s Penguins!

    • Rhonda

      I liked Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    • Blues30stl

      I loved fairy tales, and my favorite book was An Illustrated book of fairy tales, from 1972. I was heartbroken when my younger brother ripped the book…so much so that as an adult, I hunted down and found several copies of this no-longer-in-print beautiful book, and gave them to my siblings. What wonderful nights we had reading these to each other!

    • guest

      Jenny, both of my kids were precocious readers so I know how difficult finding books can be. We went w/ lots of older books (Carolyn Haywood, Robert McCloskey, Beverly Cleary, et al) Challenging enough for an advanced reading level but nothing a 6 yo “shouldn’t” be exposed to, though they will find it”historic” and may need some explanations due to that.

    • Melissa

      Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

    • Tiffany

      Hey, Jenny. Thanks for your awesome site. Growing up, and still today at 30, I loved to read the Winnie the Pooh series. I am hoping my 18 month old will be as in love with Pooh and his pals as I was, and still am..

    • Kathleen

      I love to read.Since I grew up in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings has always been a favorite of mine as is Stuart Little.

    • Diana

      My favorite childhood books were the Uncle Wiggly books by Howard Garris read to me by my grandmother. I discovered the books in what used to be “the magic closet” in my grandparents’ farm house.  The books belonged to my mother and her brothers. So there is a lot of nostalgia and history wrapped up in those pages, not to mention wonderful stories for children.

    • Lu

      As a child I was in the Dr Seuss book of the month club and could not wait till each book came in the mail. 

    • ahill777

      My daughter and I read Hugo Cabret together and then saw the movie.  It was great!

    • Jess

      Where the Red Fern Grows!

    • Carriearmywife

      The Diary of Anne Frank had a huge impact on me in sixth grade…I recently reread it. It still has a huge impact on me.

    • KJP

      I loved, loved, loved the Happy Hollister series when I was young.  I remember making a special trip to the huge library downtown to try to find some of the titles they didn’t have at the local library.

    • Mwpcv

      I loved all of the Judy Blume books, the one that I remember enjoying the most is “Blubber.”  

    • tdahl

      The Little House on the Prairie series.  I read those books over and over and have saved them for my children.  

    • Tlwoodbury

      Adoniram Judson:  God’s Man in Burma,  by Sharon Hambrick.

    • Jeannie

      Chronicles of Narnia

    • Jfmosley

      The Series of Unfortunate Events!

    • Celie

      I read A LOT growing up. But, one of my favorite authors was Piers Anthony. He wrote for older readers, but good sci-fi stuff.

    • KD73

      Shiloh!  Loved it!!

    • deb

      Loved ‘The Secret Garden’

    • Macwbrown

      My favorite book was The Secret Garden.

    • Michelle

      My favorite book when I was a child was Black Beauty we lived on a milatary base while I was growing up so horses were not an option and I carried the book with me where ever we moved

    • Elaine

      Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Five Little Peppers and How they Grew, Trixie Belden series were my favorites.  

    • Cindy H.

      I loved all the classics but
      I guess my fave was A Little Princess.

    • Ashley

      Laura Ingles Wilder Series!

    • Themimb

      Enid Blyton books like The Naughtiest Girl series.  I’m from the UK, not sure if you had her over here though.

    • Melissa M

      Judy Blume and Beverly Clearly were my favorites

    • Ethnicalchic

      without a doubt Little Women!! 

    • Bellajade

      The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    • 5higgins

      Charlotte’s Web

    • jh

      My Granddaughter would love for me to read a new book to her!

    • Lorifgreer

      Without a doubt Charlotte’s Web! I reread it every few years, and tear up every time!

    • Mnhilltop

      I am a big fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of Little House books.  

    • Ruth

      I liked Heidi.  I would imagine living in the Alps.  I also liked Little House on the Prairie.

    • Dcroots

      I now work in the library so all the books are my favorite-Black Beauty does come to mind tho.

    • Dstone41571

      My son and I are reading throught the Little House series right now, and I would love to compare these two!  My favorite books were those and the Anne of Green Gables series.

    • Connieb03

      Bridge to Terabithia

    • amy

      My favorite children’s author is Judy Blume.  Any book by her is my favorite!

    • sue

      For me its got to be Charlottes Web. My daughter read it when she was in first grade. Her favorites though, are the Rachel Yoder books by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

    • Ajawee83

      Anne of Green Gables series

    • Mercergrad08arkseniorhigh

      My favorite book is Misty of Chincoteague! I have always wanted to go see the pony roundup.

    • Couponeagle11

      My favorite book was The Book about virtues it had the princess and the pea and more stories like that

    • June

      I am a 6th grade teacher and would love to preview this book and then, of course, share with my students!   I also have a 9 yr old grand-daughter that would love it!

    • Susan

      Little Women.  Would love to win one of these for my 11 year old.

    • Susan

      Little Women.  Would love to win one of these for my 11 year old.

    • I loved the Anne of Green Gable series.  

    • Debbie

      Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew

    • Dandelion

      The Little House books were my favorite then and now.  But I love tons of other ones as well.

    • Bookbeth1011

      As an elementary reading coach, I couldn’t possibly only pick one favorite!! However, some excellent (safe!) choices for early readers would include The Magic Treehouse series, The Junie B. Jones series, Beverly Cleary books, the American Girl series and a lot of the older Newberry Award winners.

    • Mykalanglo

      Anything by Judy Blume or The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews (yes, the actress). 

    • Jrcook

      nancy drew books

    • Haven

      Any of the Little House on the Prairie books.  I have a 9 year old daughter, and am very excited about this book for her.  She finished all of the American Girl books last year! 

    • amI14??

      The Hardy Boys, and it took me a long time to read them………

    • T-Bird

      I LOVED reading”The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain.  I would read it over and over. Sometimes  I would just skip to some of my favorite parts and enjoy imaging I was there :)

    • Lora

      I loved the Nancy Drew books & so did my daughter. We started a collection.

    • Kmcccormack

      Goodnight Moon!

    • Camiele

      My favorite was Hansel and Gretle!

    • Db

      My favorite were Anne of Green Gables and Gulliver’s Travels.

    • Darleen66

      Nancy Drew Books
      My daughter is 6 yrs old and just last week she came home with a book from the school library that I sent back the next day with a note to the teacher that I could not believe that they would allow a 6 yr old to even check out this kind of book.  She is not a strong reader and I really do not think she even knew what kind of book she was checking out.

    • djd

      Mrs. Mike – about a woman who marries a Canadian Mountie and the struggles of life in the cold and the wild. Sounds much like the struggles of May B. Hope I win a copy. Can’t wait to read it and reminisce again.

    • Mcasselli

      Trumpet of the Swan….my dad brought it to me one day when I was home sick. I still remember curling up on our blue flowered couch reading and reading that book!

    • Scarlett3731

      I love reading and always have. I read everything I can get my hands on and thankfully my daughter is the same way at the age of 7. If I had to pick a favorite it would have to be the Little House books.

    • subrew25

      Charlotte’s Web

    • Kkirby1984

      “The Giver”

      I love it. It was amazing to me to view a world that was so different from the one in which I existed. I made me think about society in a way that I never had and caused me to challenge my own feelings and beliefs.

    • Veal

      ,My favorite book when I was growing up was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    • Melissa

      Little House on the Prairie Series. I loved reading these with my Mom growing up and I enjoyed reading them with my daughter who is now grown and now with my younger daughter. I am sure we would love May B.

    • Christi

      I loved the Boxcar Children series when i was a kid!

    • Testifying

      Little House on the Prairie!

    • Barb

      My favorite was Nancy Drew – wished I had kept them to pass onto my daughter!  My daughters favorite is Pinkalicious!

    • Sandy565

      I loved the Boxcar Children series!

    • Steph4575

      My favorite childhood book was Island of the Blue Dolphins.

    • Abby

      My favorites were the Sweet Valley Twins series and the Babysitters Club series.

    • Perry

      My absolute favorite books from my childhood are the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary.  I’ve read them all probably 12 times or so, most recently just a couple of years ago!

    • Deanna

      Favorite childhood book is The Lorax.  Colorful with a great message for all generations.

    • Dfordfss

      My favorite children’s book was Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder!

    • Evebadger

      Oh how many there are—Where the Red Fern Grows, Nancy Drew, Little House, Anne of Green Gables, Boxcar Children, Irish Red, White Fang, Call of the Wild.

    • Jenny

      The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is my favorite book. It taught me what unconditional love meant.

    • Fallaya

      Anything by Judy Blume

    • Ijpanko

      My favorite childrens book was Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. One of the books of my childhood which actually was so emotionally charged, that it made me cry. Maybe that’s why I remember it so well.

    • Eac

      Trixie Belden mysteries.

    • ButterflyShop_yellow

      When I was growing up I loved to read all the Hank the cowdog series books and anything by Dials Dahl, especially Matilda. Which by the way is a whole lot better than the movie.

      • ButterflyShop_yellow

        * Roald Dahl. (auto texting on my phone)

    • Theaikenparrs

      The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

      • Gspelvin


        (I’m kidding!  I kid!)

    • Kimmele1961

      Little House on the Prairie series. I loved introducing them to my children!!!!! We are very excited about May B.

    • Cbachmann

      I love busy town books

    • Beeba zaidi

      Junnie B. Jones

    • Betty

      I loved the Little House books, Nancy Drew books, and Cherry Ames.  My youngest granddaughter turned 13 yesterday and would really enjoy this book.  She enjoys writing her own stories!

    • Timzladee

      Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames……love the mysteries when I was young…..my granddaughter would love to read this!!!!

    • Afileman

      Judy Blume for me – but I’m an oldie.  My daughters turns 13 and 11 next week – born 2 years 5 days apart.

    • Neverrestranch

      I’m going to steal an answer from below.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is an unbelieveable book. It still brings tears to my eyes so many years later to think about this story!

    • Fullquiver

      Little House on the Prairie series and Isabella Alden books.  Both are great for outloud reading with the whole family.

    • Tammy

      Sounds like a good book!

    • lapcouponer

      Good Night Moon

    • Thepierces

      Where the Sidewalk Ends

    • Mamaberry

      I’m sad to say I didn’t read much as a child. Too impatient!! But, that being said, I LOVED Where the Sidewalk Ends by Silverstein :) My other favorite was Not Without My Daughter. I read for first time in about 5th grade. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! (I didn’t have a mother and the thought of the sacrificial love she would have shown if she hadn’t died when I was a baby made me warm inside…)

      **** Proud to say, our kids all LOVE to read! ****

    • Bkittie

      I don’t remember the name of the book, but it was about the life of Clara Barton, and it helped to inspire me to become a nurse.

    • Lorrie

      I loved the Nancy Drew books. I owned most of them and read them more than once! 

    • Nicole S.

      Little House on the Prairie.

    • Emily Whitten

      Secret Garden

    • HollyS

      My favorite childhood book was Christina Katerina & the Box, it’s a oldie…my grandma used to read it to me when I was a little girl…and I would imagine myself making all the things that Christina Katerina made with the boxes. Every time someone would throw away a big ole box…like an appliance or something of the sort I would then beg them for it so that I too…could be like her, and make a castle out of it…lol. If you have a small child and you have never read them this book….it is a MUST! I just bought it because my grandma misplaced the copy I was brought up on, and I couldn’t stand for my children to grow up without knowing the story that I have cherished so much.

    • ChristiL

      Loved the Trixie Belden series. There was a neighborhood bookstore where I could trade my used books for store credit and I always chose a Trixie Belden book.

    • Amanda Fleeman

      I loved the books Caps for sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. I would make my Mom read it over and over to me every night.

    • Jennifer Van Dahm

      Charolette’s Web!!!

    • Jmac38oreo

      my all time favorite childrens book is a Rand McNallys book “Mr. Bear’s House”.  My mother saved for my children and now my daughter is saving this classic for her children to pass on.  If you can still find a copy, I recommend to everyone.

    • Jhartsell

      I liked anything by Judy Blume.

    • Katherine

      Anne of Green Gables….and the additional associated Anne Books…..I also loved the Babysitters Club and the Bobbsey Twins!!

    • Chrysanthemum77

      My favorite kids book when I was little was a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme book. My favorite chapter book was The Enormous Egg and then later it was The Phantom Tollbooth! Now, as a Kindergarten teacher and parent, my favorite kidd book is Chrysanthemum and favorite chapter books are the Magic Treehouse books.

    • Sdavisva

      Oooo, favorite childhood book….The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  It’s making me cringe to just type one…

    • Ekmiller28

      Nancy Drew and Encylopedia Brown

    • sue

      nancy drew and hardy boys

    • Tarashanko

      Nancy Drew andTthe Little House on the Prarie series.

    • The Boxcar Children! Oh how miss those!

    • Nonnie Mouse

      The Hobbit. My mother read to us when we were younger. Shortly after she finished that one, I found it and wanted her to read it again because I couldn’t remember the ending. She challenged me to work on my reading lessons with her so that I could read it to myself and rediscover the ending.
      It’s a weird one for a four year old child to fall in love with, but it sparked a life-long love of reading, which I’m now passing along to my own. ;)

    • Liane Day

      I’m the grandmother of seven children, all readers I’m pleased to say.  While reminiscing with them over the years, I’ve told them that my favorite book as a young girl was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  I read it at least five times and of the four March girls, always identified the most with Jo. Each sister, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth are unique individuals with their own ideas and talents and the book is written with great detail about their lives and brings in some other great minor characters. Since I was an only child, reading a book like this classic would take me in to a wonderful new world of characters and expanded my imagination beyond words.

    • Danyeln

      I was a voracious reader as a child.  I read the entire Little House series, all of the Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books, the Anne of Green Gables series and so many more.  God bless my mother for spending what I am sure was a small fortune on books.  My favorites were the Little House books, I read my first set till the bindings fell apart and my mother bought me a hard cover set.  They are still on a shelf in my bedroom at her house.

    • Leilapearcy

      Green, Eggs, and Ham…could “read” that book from memory before I could actually read.  Loved it!!!

    • Gwynella1229

      My favorite had to be the Little House series because my dad and I read them together a chapter at a time each night before bed

    • dee

      my favorite one is the nancy drew series i collected so many books and my daughter took my collection and read all of my books. it was a dejavu feeling when i caught her underneath her blanket with a flashlight.  i saw a glimpse of my childhood and i was glad i was able to have that connection with my daughter.

    • katrina

      I have loved to read almost any books that I can get my hands on since I was about 7 yrs old. My favorite books were the Little House on the Praire series, Nancy Drew, hardy boys and even Gone with the Wind. I remember it took me only 2 days to read Gone with the Wind when I was younger and enjoyed it.

    • Rgil124

      nancy drew :)

    • Sunshine

      I was a great reader and loved books.  But I was also growing up on the Kansas prarie and the series of Little house books by Laura Ingallls Wilder was my favorite.  I actually re read them a year ago even as an adult.

    • Northcountrygirlinnc

      Judy Blume Runaway Ralph…and Island of the Blue Dolphins!

      • Gspelvin

        Island of the Blue Dolphins, yes!  I loved that book, thank you for reminding me about it!

    • I loved Tom Sawyer & Judy Blume Books!

    • Michelle

      The Sweet Valley Twins series

    • Always_3xa_lady

      i will have to go WAYYYYYY back how about 3 little kittens who lost their mittens

    • heather

      The Nancy drew and Hardy boys series. My brother and I had the series and still do.

    • Dahnewhite1121

      My favorite was the Velveteen Rabbit. I couldn’t get my mom to read it to me enough. Then as I hit my preteens I loved the Box Car Series. 

    • Trina

      The Little House on the Prairie series.  I still have the box-set to give to my daughter someday. :)

    • Jessicawingard

      My favorites were the American Girl Doll books

    • Kellymcdaniel

      I liked Super Fudge by Judy Blume, though I would not let me kids read some of her stuff today!

    • Caroline

      Where the Wild Things Are.  My nickname when I was young was Maxx!  Then I loved to read Little House on the Prairie. My mom wouldn’t let me watch it on TV.  I still read Little House and now my 3 kids do too!

    • Dixiez718

      I loved Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry-very moving

    • Kate

      I am reading the Little House series with my daughter right now, so I’m really excited about May B!  As a child my favorite books were the Boxcar Children and Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming series.  It was always thrilling to think that kids could make it on their own.

    • Sharrisonnsc

      I loved Trixie Beldon mysteries as a child.  I even have a pen pal through their fan club that I’ve written to for over 30 years.

    • Jgunter742

      Green Eggs and Ham

    • enf1971

      Amelia Bedelia

    • heather

      I loved all of the Mercer Meyer books

    • Loranna

      Anne of Green Gables series

    • Michele

      Anything by Judy Blume was my favorite.  I would hideout in my room for hours just to read.  My 10 year old is the same way.  I have found her reading at night with a flashlight instead of going to sleep.  It’s hard to find something age appropriate for her as she is an advanced reader and needs a challenge without all the adult content.  Thanks fo much. :)

      • Gspelvin

        lol I have a feeling Judy Blume books are what she is NOT looking for, for a 6 year old.  I loved those too but for a veggie tale Christian mom it’s a bit much.

    • Mickey

      The Napping House.

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    • chellbaby20

      The Babysitters Club. I loved those books. I am having my niece read them. I think reading is the best things for kids to do besides exercise.

    • Willi1617

      Green Eggs and Ham!! My girls love it and we are just getting into chapter books with them. 

    • stephanie phillips

      I loved the book I’ll love you forever I’ll love you for always, and now i read it to my daughter it’s such a special moment!!

    • Gspelvin

      I loved the All-of-a-kind Family when I was that age, my daughter also liked it.  It had family values, although they are Jewish and not Christian but faith nonetheless if that is what concerns you.  It’s just a good book about a turn of the century immigrant family in NYC, I have not read the American Girl books but I have a feeling it’s very similar.

    • Rowlingleaton

      The Secret Garden

    • Rosegriner

      I have not read the book yet  but i think i would enjoy it.

    • Toni G

      Watership Down read by my teacher.

    • Akumphrey

      Happ Birthday, Moon!

    • Rapok4

      I loved Anne of Green Gables and The Babysitters Club series.  Now my daughter is reading them!  I love it!

    • Dena

      I didn’t grow up in a household that valued good literature, so I had never read anything meaningful until recently. I have 2 daughters, ages 7 & 9, and we are having a blast reading things like the Little House books, Pipi Longstocking, the Ramona Quimby series, and books by Roald Dahl. But our Favorite so far has been The Phantom Tollbooth – so clever!

    • Kris

      I loved Little House and Amelia Bedelia.  My children love books and would really like this one, I believe.  Thanks!

    • Kristen

      So many wonderful children’s books I couldn’t begin to pick one (I’m a children’s librarian).  My favorites when I was growing up were Anne of Green Gables, Caddie Woodland, Little House, Baby-Sitters Club, and many many more!

    • Brendenalanna

      I loves the trixe belden books.  They were my moms when she was young and her moms before that. I just recently pulled them out for my 8 year old daughter to read!

    • rebeccabmercer

      Babysitter’s Club….man, I’m old!! : )

    • Teach_ashlee

      Babysitter’s Club and Nancy Drew

    • Lhatfield

      i love to read as does my husband and our 4 homeschooled kids.  When i was a teenager and younger i enjoyed the little house in the prairie books and another fav was little women
      .  has your family heard of the Happy Hollisters series, written by  Jerry West. Great for early readers and very wholesome. We own the whole series.

    • Adah

      my name is Adah and i’m 12 i love reading some of my favs are the older series like nancy drew trixie belden hardy boys and little house on the prairie  i read every day all the time there’s a library 2 blocks away. i go there so much everyone knows me there. and i would love to read your book it sounds really cool thanks

    • Asanders268

      jenny, your girls would probably enjoy the boxcar children books (abby has read all 100+ of them) and understood betsy is AWESOME, but more one you would read to them at this point.  we need to talk, because i am constantly looking for age appropriate books for abby that are on her reading level.

    • Tammy

      Our Only May Amelia

    • Susan

      I always loved the Babysitter’s Club books.  Now my daughter is enjoying the Rachel Yoder series.

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    • Jennifer

      I love tom sawyer :-)

    • Jnvsibley

      My favorite books were The Babysitters Club

    • Tami

      I loved charlotte’s web

    • Kelliemo123

      Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    • Roxysara12

      The Mandie Shaw series by Lois Gladys Leppard! We have all 40 and plus ‘Her College Years’! Awesome books!

    • Joann

      I would have to say…Little Women.

    • Cwebbweaver

      Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins b/c I have read the same copies to my kids that my parents read to me!

    • sports mom

      My childhood favorite is Charlotte’s Web.  I am currently working on my degree in library science and am finding so many new favorites in the children’s literature course that I am currently taking.

    • Couponclipper83

      My childhood favorite was Where The Wild Things Are.   I used to ask my Mom to read it over and over and over…

    • Jennifer

      It’s hard to just pick one……probably “Anne of Green Gables”.

    • my favorite books growing up were the Nancy Drew series. I loved especially the clock work towers. :)

    • Charlotte

      Charlotte’s Web (not because of the name, I really did love it – still do!)

    • Kaforeman78

      All of the Nancy Drew novels.

    • Christy T.

      My favorite book was “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”  I probably read it dozens of times.  It still is, come to think of it!

    • Kdownspt

      I loved the “little house” and “ramona” books but I would read just about anything as a kid.

    • CrazyMomOf11

      I love the Dear America Series.