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Monday, August 18, 2014

Dear Old Friends, AKA Childhood Books

During one of my most recent trips visiting my mom, I had the pleasure of going through an old box of books.

It felt like reuniting with old friends!


These were just some of the familiar faces I saw. I wanted to hug them.

Perhaps my favorite discovery was the very first book I'd ever read on my own (besides picture books and early readers): Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary


I remember sitting at my desk in first grade and opening this book for the first time. My teacher (one of the best teachers I'd ever had) praised me for challenging myself and reading above grade level. She pointed out that I was the only one in my class who wasn't reading a picture book during silent reading time.

This beloved book has my name on the inside cover AND includes little check marks next to each chapter title in the table of contents. It must have been quite a task to finish my very first non-picture book!

Which books were special to you when you were little? Did you happen to keep any books from your childhood?

(Please note that this is a scheduled post. I'm not around today to visit blogs, but I'll see you guys as soon as I can.)

6 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Love this! Sadly, my memories of childhood are very limited. For some reason my memory sucks even though I had a great childhood. The first books I remember getting from the library were Encyclopedia Brown books - loved those :)

Julie Dao said...

Just seeing a picture of those books made me smile. We must have had a very similar library growing up. I donated almost all of my Boxcar Children, Saddle Club, Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley, but kept a few for my very own. And I'm so glad I did!

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Heather Holden said...

Aw, what a fun trip down memory lane! I think it's so cute how you checked off all the chapters you read in that Ramona book as a kid... :)

I still have all my childhood books, and even re-read some of them from time-to-time, too. (Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series is something I like to read every October, for example!)

Romance Reader said...

Loved this post and the memories it evoked. I had a similar library!

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