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10 Great Books a Younger Me Would Have Loved

I have read way too many picture books and children’s books as an adult that I truly enjoyed. So there are many books a younger me would have loved!! Limiting this list to just 10 for today’s top ten over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl was nigh impossible but here it is. I tried to stick to those books that were already published when I was much much younger (to give you an idea, Harry Potter was published when I was in my early 20s!)

Somehow, I never got a chance to read these as well growing up in India. I read Enid Blytons, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy series, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Poe, Oscar Wilde, and so much more. But I don’t recall seeing these as a little girl (though I might have seen a few when I was in already in college).

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr.Seuss (along with many other books by him)

The Giving Tree


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I have said it all here, like so many others have about this bok

The Phantom Tollbooth

I am guessing I read The Phantom Tollbooth because my son was reading it. And I am glad I did!

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends had to be added here as well (along with Light in the Attic)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables. TBH, I don’t recall when I first read this series, but on the other hand, I do not have any childhood memories of reading this as well. If there were any, I most likely imagined those realities for myself!!

The Chronicles of Narnia


Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. I read this for the first time for my kiddos when they were little ones.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings. I think I watched at least one of the movies before I read this.

The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses (and a few other books that were required reading for my kids in elementary school, like Dear Mr. Henshaw and The Witch of Blackbird Pond) were books I know I would have loved reading when I was that young…

10 Great Books a Younger Me Would Have Loved

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, what are your favorite books written for younger audiences that you wish you had read when you were that age (assuming you did not read those then, for whatever reason)

7 thoughts on “10 Great Books a Younger Me Would Have Loved

  1. Great list, I’d add A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. This was my granddaughter’s favorite book when she was in 2nd grade and she still has the copy her teacher gave her over 17 years ago.

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