On the Trail
A Confession

Drop Everything!

This girl?

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As in . . . always, Always ALWAYS had her nose in a book.

Maxed out her check-out limit at the public library.

Maxed out her check-out limit at the school library.

Flew through her school work so she could spend "free time" reading.

Got in trouble for reading at the table.

Got in trouble for the flashlight-under-the-covers thing.

Lived for the Scholastic Book Fair.

Never, ever, ever was caught without a book to read.

Favorite books from my childhood* (when Drop Everything and Read hadn't really been invented yet, but seemed to happen just naturally?) . . . 

  1. Misty of Chincoteague
  2. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler
  3. A Wrinkle in Time
  4. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  5. Across Five Aprils
  6. Phantom Toll Booth
  7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  8. Johnny Tremain
  9. Little Women
  10. The Outsiders

How about YOU?  What are the books you . . . dropped everything to read?


Find out what everyone else has to say here!


* I had to narrow this topic to my childhood, ages 9-12, because I couldn't have managed any other way. (I just read too much.)  (As in . . . still maxing out my check-out limits.)


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OMG I forgot about Misty of Chincoteague!! Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler!! Island of Blue Dolphins!!
I wanted more than anything to have a dog I could name Rontu!! Great books! Thanks for the memories!


The Little House books, Mary Poppins (there were two kinds, one where MP was just a loving nanny and one where she was magical), all the young reader biographies of inspiring people. Then in high school, my partners in crime and I covered Lady Chatter,y's Loner with Five Great Plays and read it in school--what a slog,


I love how you narrowed down the topic to childhood! For me, that's when complete immersion in books really started. I don't seem to be able to do it nearly as often as an adult, but I remember it so well. I was thrilled to reread Mixed Up Files and Wrinkle in Time as an adult and find they were just as wonderful as my initial readings. Somehow I missed Across Five Aprils but I think I will fix that on my next library trip. Thanks for a fun list!


I loved reading Misty of Chincoteague! One of my favorites was The Secret Garden, I remember having to renew it twice when I read it in 4th grade-I loved that book!


First of all..I'm pretty sure I owned that dress too! And I also was a maxer-outer and a flashlight reader! I must have checked Lassie Come Home out of the school library 10 times in middle school! And The Outsiders, so good. How about The Pigman?


I loved Johnny Tremain and Little Women, read them over and over again. Also the Little House books. Have we done a favorite childhood books topic for Ten On Tuesday yet? Seems like it would be a good one.

Gale Zucker (she shoots sheep shots)

If you add Harriet the Spy to that list, you have my childhood listed in books, EXACTLY. We had a six book limit from our local library and I always maxed it. Reading this made my day. I think I read each of those ten times over. Also--I had that dress. Did not love it as much as the books ;-)


I've only read Little Women and Lion, Which and the Wardrobe, but what fun to see your childhood list! A Constellation of Vital Phenomena would be at the top of my list, but otherwise I would have a hard time picking 10 favorites!

Denise T.

OHH, A Wrinkle in Time...what a great book that was. I loved all these books when I was a kid. I still love Johnny Tremaine!


Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!! I adore that book. And Harriet the Spy. Two of my most favorite books from childhood. I also loved Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Children...so many books, so little time.


I LOVED the Scholastic Books catalog that came out. I would ponder and ponder and figure costs, then order and then wait very impatiently for my new books to come. Oh I wish I still had those books.


Oh, how I loved the Scholastic Books!


Love this post...love this list! I too went with just a kids list for today. For this past Christmas, I gave my 12 year old goddaughter the Chronicles of Narnia series and am enjoying rereading them & discussing with her. When my Mom saw today's post, she commented "I'm so glad we raised readers" - I'm so glad the love of reading was shared in my family from an early age and continues today.


we moved to Wyoming when I was 8 and I remember discovering and then devouring the Little House on the Prairie books, as well as Nancy Drew. and loving our summer camping trips where I could spend ALL day with my books. Isn't it great to be a life-long reader!?


Boy you sure did a flash to the past with your post! :)

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