If someone were to ask me which chapter books I read as a child I could probably sit down make you a list of more than a hundred books, but if you were to ask me which ones were memorable, which ones sit in my memory still, the list would be much shorter.
With one exception I couldn’t even tell you how I old I was when I first read these books, but they are the books I easily remember plot arcs or vivid moments without difficulty despite the fact that I have not re-read them as an adult (yet). All of these are now considered classics, even though several of them were more recent publications when I was a kid. [Update: I’ve read several of these books aloud to my boys, with much success!]
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Here are a few of them:
The Westing Game. If you think kids can’t handle intricate and complex mystery plots, you are incredibly mistaken.
Anne of Green Gables. Thought not as complex a book as the above, it is hard to get past this book’s lasting influence. I read this over and over as a kid.
The Secret Garden. I dreamed of having my own Secret Garden. But then, didn’t we all?
The Phantom Tollbooth. When I learned that language was something to be loved. And made fun of.
Which chapter books from your childhood stayed with you? What books do you hope your kids will read?