I’ve made a habit of visiting the library with my son on Saturdays, and while I can’t remember any of the picture books from my youth, I occasionally see a familiar jacket from a favorite book. Hippy Jr. is 3, but loves to hear stories and read. I really can’t wait until he can read some of my favorites…
Henry Huggins series (especially Henry and the Paper Route)
Ramona series (I read these up until the 1980s - apparently Cleary wrote a few more in the 1990s. I seriously wanted to name my daughter Ramona for a while. :))
Freaky Friday, by Mary Rodgers
The Pinballs, by Betsy Byars
Space Station Seventh Grade, by Jerry Spinelli
Anastasia Krupnik, by Lois Lowry
All of Judy Blume’s books (I actually met her as a fourth grader, and she signed my copy of Superfudge!)
All of Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole books (granted, this was more in my middle school/high school years)
I used to think all I read as a kid were science book, but there’s a lot of novels I really dug. And I just learned that Space Station and Anastasia have sequels!
Hollywood is always hard up for movie ideas… so many of these books would be great films. I vaguely recall The Pinballs TV movie, and I know there’s a Beezus and Ramona flick that I’m mildly curious about. I didn’t really like Freaky Friday - somehow I had an image of the characters in my head and they didn’t look like Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan - but it was cool to see an old book get some attention.
So what are some of your favorites that you wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a young person? It would probably be good to know how old you are. I’m 38, and definitely a child of the late 70s - early 80s.