Let's say…three to thirteen years old. I know I'm going to forget some. Keep in mind I'm an 80s kid.
  1. The Monster at the End of This Book
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    Absolute classic. My dad did the best expressive voice with this one. I'd like to say I learned from the best because my boys loved it as well.
  2. Harry the Dirty Dog
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    I remember Harry trying to prove his identity to his owners by showing them the tricks he knew. I thought that was a smart idea, even if it didn't work.
  3. The Digging-est Dog
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    Another dog book. My mother can still quote the opening lines of "I was the saddest dog you could ever see. Sad because no one wanted me. The pet shop window was my jail. The sign behind me said 'For Sale.'" (Actually I didn't have a hard time remembering that myself). We read it a lot.
  4. Hand Hand Fingers Thumb
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    Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum…My sister and I loved this book so much.
  5. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
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    This was one of the stories my mother just told us. It was awhile before I realized she was retelling the story from the book. I always felt so bad for Sylvester when he was a rock and couldn't communicate with his parents anymore.
  6. This Little Book
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    I was very drawn to any book that was illustrated by Eloise Wilkins. I loved the pictures of the children and always wanted to be able to illustrate in the same fashion.
  7. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
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    And Superfudge. Dealing with a wild younger sibling was right up my alley. Because I definitely had a wild younger sibling!
  8. Going on Twelve
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    And all the Kobie books. I loved the funny situations Kobie got herself into. There were sad moments as well, though.
  9. The Kid in the Red Jacket
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    As far as I am concerned, this is the best Barbara Park book. The Junie B series is great and I loved reading them to my children. But The Kid in the Red Jacket stands above the rest.
  10. The Babysitters Club
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    Every cent I earned went to buying these books. I admired Claudia and her artistic flair, but I was totally a Mary Anne.
  11. Ramona Quimby, Age 8
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    I identified with this one the most, but I think I read every book I could get my hands on that was written by Beverly Cleary. Besides the Ramona books, I loved Mitch and Amy, Ellen Tebbits, and Otis Spofford.
  12. Charlotte's Web
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    Read this one so many times that the binding fell apart and I had to buy a new copy. :)
  13. Amy Moves In
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    The Laura and Amy books were written about 15-20 years before my time, I suppose. Even though the references were quaint and outdated, the stories were so sweet. Very strong family values.
  14. Freckle Juice
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    Let's just say I made freckle juice for my sister. It didn't go well. Good book, though.
  15. Harriet the Spy
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    I read this one over and over. I wanted to be Harriet the Spy. Tried my hand at spying but wasn't very good at it. However, now I can Internet-stalk with the best of them. And I still like tomato sandwiches.
  16. Babysitting is a Dangerous Job
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    I checked out this book so many times from my elementary school library. I was only nine so I wasn't babysitting yet. But the very idea of a babysitter getting kidnapped with her charges and then being held hostage was very intriguing to me, if not completely frightening.
  17. Night of the Twisters
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    Another book I could not stop rechecking from the school library. Tornadoes are a very real thing in West Texas and I was petrified of them. I am realizing right this minute that apparently this book was some kind of therapy for me.
  18. Little House in the Big Woods
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    It's probably sacrilege to say this, but I really only liked this one. The house in the big wood always seemed so cozy. And I liked stories of Laura when she was little the best.
  19. The Chocolate Touch
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    A morality tale that I realized later in life was based off The Midas Touch. I totally got into the idea of unlimited chocolate but felt just as thirsty as John did when it became too much chocolate. And he turned his mother into chocolate!!