Top Reads in Children’s Literature

Well, so I like reading kids’ books. Don’t hate me. I really always have loved them. Before you judge me, I am not alone in this love, a friend who may choose to remain nameless loves this lost genre as well. We have our own book club called The Helen Society where we read books that we loved and remember from our childhood. (By the way, if, by reading this blog, you too, discover a fire burning within you for Children’s Literature, you are hereby invited to join our book club upon proper initiation.)

Anyway, I thought I would post a little bloggy on my top 10 favorite Children’s books ever. Sorry folks, Harry Potter didn’t make it. And here we go:

10. The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Big Friendly Giant! Cute little Sophie abducted by the only benevolent giant in the land. One I need to re-read.

9. Deadly Deception by Betsy Haynes

More of a young adult book. “Unable to believe it when a guidance counselor is murdered and her boyfriend is accused, Ashlyn becomes determined to prove that Drew is innocent, until she stumbles across a death certificate with her own name on it.” Nice.

8. The Cay by Theodore Taylor

I remember a blind dude and some kid on a deserted island. I also remember loving it. A must re-read.

7. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia. Such a clutz.

6. The Best Little Monkeys in the World by Natalie Standiford

Aww, I remember reading this book before I could read! It seemed like every time my mom took us to the library, we would check this book out. Then mom would read it to us on the couch. Surely she was extremely tired of it, but good golly, the plot was just so riveting! That darn babysitter, she just talked on the phone all night long while those little monkeys made a mess of the tree house. Somehow they got away with it all…

5. The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn

Good old Mary Downing Hahn. Drug deals, murder, Halloween– what more could you ask for?

4. Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace

Barbara, I’ve got to hand it to you, you create suspense, even in an old folks’ home. So many questions arise as Emily Luccock is held prisoner in the dungeon of Sugar Hill Hall.

3. The BSC Super Mystery #1: Baby-sitters’ Haunted House by Ann Martin

This is a classic mystery with great New England historical value added in. It’s a bit dusty off my bookshelf, but definitely a must-read for any of you Babysitter’s Club fans.

2. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

OMG. If you want to read a true thriller, pick this up! Two worlds collide as proper Miss Doyle goes on a dreadful voyage with the rougest crew out of Liverpool. Bloody daggers and loaded guns mix well with proper English and fancy dresses.

1. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Gotta love ghost stories. This is my #1 pick for read aloud in class too. This is the book of inspiration for our book club’s name: The Helen Society. It has a nice touch of fantasy within the realism of family strife, and Helen is truly terrifying.

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