June 30, 2008


I was a voracious reader as a kid. It was common for me to spend a Saturday reading and get through 4 or 5 Babysitters Club books. I would walk down to the library and come home with a healthy stack, but not before having to convince the ornery librarian that I was old enough to read whatever I had picked out. I remember always having to go the bathroom when I got there and never having the courage to ask for the key...

Here are some of the series I devoured in Elementary School:

I could still pick this up today and probably love it as much as I did then. I always had a fascination with pioneer days and the "olden times". I don't think I discovered these until grade 4 or 5, but I'm pretty sure I read them all in a weekend.

I remember it taking me a while to collect and read the entire series. My middle name is Marilla, which is a name most people have never heard of outside of these books. I used to watch the movies and try to make my hair poofy like Anne's when she was older, but I could never get it to look right.

I don't remember much about the Bobbsey Twins, I think I read them when I was pretty young.

It was hard to get through the whole book without just skipping to the end. I read these when I was pretty little too, but I don't recall being a huge fan. This was before I was a picky reader.

Looooved these books. I loved the first one, all about how they lived in the boxcar. There was a secluded area behind my house near a swamp and I imagined them living there. These I also read in early elementary school.

These aren't really a series, but they are a bunch of myteries for kids that take place around Canada... Lunenburg, PEI... all over. The author includes a lot of Canadian history and geography, I couldn't get enough. But there weren't a lot when I was a kid, and I could never (and still can't) read a book twice.

I recall there being a series of three, "From Anna" being the first. I read these in grade 5 when my mother asked my teacher for some more challenging books. It's about a German girl who immigrates to Canada either during the first or second world war. It's probably still one of the best things I've ever read. There's a lot of history in it, but the characters are what you care most about. I still remember a lot of what happened in this book, which says a lot because I don't usually remember much once I put it down.

I'd read 3-4 a day in early elementary school. I wanted to be Claudia. I was shocked later on when I went into a used book store and saw hundreds and hundreds of these pink books.

The librarian was probably right, I might have been a little young for these but I read ' em anyway.

Stellarton Library
Yes, that's the whole thing


Anonymous said...

I think your librarian was mean!

Emily said...

I , also, devoured books as a child. I would many-a-Saturday go to the Cole Harbour Place library and bring home a stack of books.. half of which would be read by the time I went to sleep Saturday night. It looks like our library choices were much the same. Last summer when moving I came across "From Anna". I re-read it (I think it took about half an hour).. and I actually shed a little tear. Sigh, I don't read enough anymore...
were you familiar with Kit Pearson?? I LOOOVEE her.. and will still read my set from time-to-time.. you should read them, if you haven't already.