Thursday discussion: favourite childhood books

Happy Thursday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Thursday Discussion. Essentially, this is a biweekly meme where you write a post based on the prompt for that week. The post can be as long or as short as you want, and you can talk about as much or as little as you want. Visit this page for the upcoming topics! It happens every other week, and I generally post the topics a month(ish) in advance.

This week the topic is favourite childhood books! I’ve done a post similar to this before, which you can read here if you want. I talked a lot about some books I grew up loving, so definitely check it out.

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Robert Munsch books: any and all Robert Munsch books, but particularly Stephanie’s Ponytail, Thomas’s Snowsuit, The Paper Bag Princess, Purple Green and Yellow, and David’s Father.

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: as an adult, I can see the issues with these books. But as a kid, I loved them so much. I read Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, and Little House on Plum Creek. They were all the best in different ways.

Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osbourne: my parents used to read these books to my brother and me before bed when we were kids and I have such good memories of those times. I particularly enjoyed Ghost Town at Sun Down, Vacation Under the Volcano, Tonight on the Titanic, Civil War on Sunday, and Earthquake in the Early Morning. I believe we also read some of the Merlin Missions Series, which were fun because they had magic and shit.

Eva Ibbotson’s books, especially Island of the Aunts: these books just have a very nostalgic feel to them. Island of the Aunts in particular I remember being very magical feeling without being too magical, if that makes sense.

Dr. Seuss books: my friend Megan has a video somewhere of me drunkenly reciting Fox in Socks, which I can do almost word for word. That’s how many times I read that book. I read most Dr. Seuss books, though.

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So those are some of my favourite childhood authors. I guess I was supposed to talk about the books specifically, not the authors, but oh well. Have you read any of these books? What were your favourite childhood books? Let me know!

Ally xx


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15 thoughts on “Thursday discussion: favourite childhood books

    1. Same! I love his books!

      I reread one a couple of years ago (I think Little House on the Prairie) and was actually pleasantly surprised? There were some iffy things re: how they viewed American Indians, but overall they weren’t nearly as bad as I was expecting and the misogyny wasn’t any worse than to be expected.

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      1. Oh that’s good to know! I’ve been wanting to re-read the Little House books because it’s just been so long, but I got concerned that I’d end up not liking them. (The Nancy Drew series is kinda like that for me. It’s a lot more iffy with the gender expectations and fat-shaming than I remembered.)

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      1. Enid Blyton was huge when I was young – I think I saw her everywhere in bookstores! She has lots of good boarding school series (: (although it’s definitely MG and below in terms of target audience – but I still reread when I want a childhood fav!)

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