Book Series I Read As A Kid

If you are expecting this list to be populated with all the "children's classics", think again, my friends!  When I was in elementary school I mostly read a few series that captured my attention at the time.  I don't think they'd be considered great works of children's literature, but they did get me reading!  Just for fun, today I thought I'd share a few of the book series I remember reading as a kid.

The Saddle Club Series - These are some of the first books I remember being interested in, ever.  I think what drew me in was not so much the stories, but the collectible cards that came with each book.  Not to mention that I met my closest elementary school friend because she was also reading the Saddle Club series.  They were basically just stories about girls and their horses, and I remember very little of them now.  Like I said, I was in it for the cards.

American Girl Series - Did anyone in my generation not read one of the American Girl book series?  My favorite was always Felicity, because my favorite era of American History was the Revolutionary period, even back then.

Encyclopedia Brown - I used to love these books!  Each book had multiple stories - mysteries with clues! And it wouldn't tell you the answer at the end, you had to guess who you thought "did it" and turn to the back of the book to find out if you were right.  I was always so proud of myself when I picked the right culprit.

Grandma's Attic - Okay, this one is sort of a classic.  I mostly remember whichever book is the one where they pull an old quilt out of the attic, and each patch on the quilt has a different story.  Really cute stories.

American Adventure Series - I'm actually relieved to see you can still buy these!  Around the time we started homeschooling, my mom bought a couple of these American History books and assigned done of them to me for school.  I didn't get too excited about that one, but about a year down the road I got a hold of a book a little further in the series.  I was hooked.  Each book in the series follows the children of the characters in the previous book, so it's like one long family story down through all the eras of American History.  I used to save up my own money and march into the Christian bookstore with my $4 to buy the next book in the series.  Until a friend started loaning me the books, which I kind of regret now.  I wish I had kept buying them so I could have completed the series.  The ones I did buy are in a box under Gwen's bed, waiting for my children to get old enough to read them.

Nancy Drew - Obviously.  Gotta love Nancy Drew!

What did you like to read in elementary school?

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Kelly said...

I loved American Girl and Nancy Drew as well! I was also into the Babysitters Club series. Did you ever read the Mandie books? Christian pre-teen mystery series set in 1900s. Those were my favorites!

Angi said...

I've never heard of the Grandma's Attic books, but I loved the rest of these!! Molly was my favorite American Girl - go figure I still love learning about WWII history today. I had no idea the Saddle Club books had collectible cards!? I missed out on that one. I also loved the Mandie books, like Kelly ^^ mentioned! And weirdly I liked the Hardy Boys better than Nancy Drew.

Bekah said...

I forgot all about Encyclopedia Brown! I loved those books! And oh yes...In Grandma's Attic! :) I also loved the Boxcar Children, Little House on the Prairie, the Sweet Valley Twins, The Babysitter's Club, and the Mandie books. My mom taught me to read really early, so I tested at a 6th grade level in 1st grade and pretty much skipped straight to adult Christian fiction before I left elementary school. I drank up everything written by Janette Oke, Lori Wick, and Michael Phillips for the rest of my childhood. LOL!

Elizabeth said...

Basically ditto to Bekah's! :) Also Madeleine L'Engle, but that may have been more junior high. I've never really been into fantasy though and prefer historical fiction or mysteries. Oh, I read R.L. Stine as a kid, and even some Stephen King, gross!

Natalie@She Builds Her Home said...

I loved the American Girl Samantha. I think I read all of them. Addy was a favorite, too :) I can't wait until my girls are old enough to read them. There are SO many more characters now, too!

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