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Children’s and Teen Books We Loved and Still Love

by Kristine Oulman

It’s really no surprise that the staff at the Library enjoy books. But was this always the case? I took a survey among the Library’s staff and found that we all have favorite childhood books that have stuck with us into adulthood.

My love of children’s books really started after I had my own kids, but when I think back to my childhood, I definitely remember a few that made a big impression on me. When I was nine years old my family welcomed a new baby. While waiting for her arrival, my parents got me The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby by Stan & Jan Berenstain. I could relate to Small Bear and the changes the bear family was getting ready for. And I LOVED the illustrations of their house in the hollowed out tree. I day dreamed of living in that tree countless times.

Another favorite book that my Mother read to me over and over was A Secret House by Patricia Lee Gauch. I think this book may be out of print but I still have my copy at home. This book also features a dreamy house (are you sensing a theme?) by the sea with secret rooms and a widow’s walk. We both loved this book and the way that it took us on a journey to a wonderful world together.

As a teenager, my love of reading was cemented with a school-assigned book that I could not put down. Christiane F.: A True Story by Christiane F., Horst Rieck, and Kai Hermann, tells the harrowing true story of a very troubled teenager in 1970’s Berlin. I was equally enthralled and horrified by her story and will never forget sitting on the couch in our small, Manhattan apartment, and getting swept up in a story that was so very different from my reality.

Here are some other beloved titles from the Easton Library staff. Maybe you will like them, too.

Lynn loved Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Penelope remembers reading Heidi by Johanna Spyri, The O’Sullivan Twins by Enid Blyton, and Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Penelope grew up in Greece and her favorite author was Penelope Delta who wrote historical fiction. Cool!

Kevin's favorites include The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden.

Ryan was a fan of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling which were all the rage when he was growing up. He also remembers reading The Mitten by Jan Brett and enjoying the artwork in all of her books.

Shannon’s favorite reads include From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, The Cricket in Tines Square by George Selden, and Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.

Mary Beth loved The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Have you read any these titles? Did you like them as much as we did? Let us know! We love to hear from our patrons. With the colder weather coming, now is a great time to curl with a story from long ago. Or perhaps the dark, cold winter days will give you incentive to try something new.

Thanks for reading!


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