Since my husband started teaching elementary school, we’ve been unearthing all sorts of books we used to read as children that students still read today! Here are just a few that have struck a fond memory for me:
- Officer Buckle and Gloria
I can’t tell you how many times I checked this book out of the library. My mom read it to me every single time, and we always spoke the same line in the same goofy voice “Never stand on a swivel chair!” I used to call it the Swivel Chair Book or some variation, and I totally forgot the actual title until I came across it many years later.
- Henry and Mudge Series
These were always my top favorites at the book fairs. I would always run to grab it as soon as I could before they could get snatched up. I know we didn’t have the entire series, but we had quite a few. With classic titles like Henry and Mudge and The Careful Cousin & Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat, they were irresistible to me. Nothing quite like the tails of a young boy and his big, friendly dog!
- Arthur series
I was addicted to these books and the television series. I loved them both throughout most of my elementary years… and probably well into my middle school years. It was well below my reading level, but they were always a guilty pleasure of mine. My favorites included Arthur’s Chicken Pox, D.W. The Picky Eater, and Arthur’s Family Vacation.
- Anne of Green Gables
Anne was a classic in our family, read to both my sister and myself by my mom. It took several nights to get through the series, but I always looked forward to the next chapter. The best part: my sister has passed the delight of this novel along to my youngest niece. Now we can all enjoy the pleasure of rebellious Anne… with an E.
- My Brother The Creep
I had an older brother, but the tales of a older sister with a pesky younger brother appealed to me over and over again. It was one of those silly books, another classic that my mom was happy to read to me over and over again.
- I Wish I Had Duck Feet
“I wish I had duck feet/And I can tell you why…” I can damn near recite this entire book. Luckily, I had this book on tape so my mom didn’t have to read it nearly as often.
- The Mitten
Critters. Handmade winter gear. Snow. It pretty much described my childhood in Minnesota. The only difference: the critters didn’t seek refuge in my lost mittens.
It’s hard to resist this neat and tidy little dragon. This one was so popular in our house, my mom purchased a copy to add to my husband’s classroom library.
- There’s a Monster at the End of This Book
We took this book way too seriously. Grover would lay that brick wall, and we would fight our way through the pages. This book didn’t survive my childhood in the end. Too many torn pages.