Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Childhood favourites


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is a Top Ten Tuesday rewind. We can blog about previous topics we missed or that we might want to do again. I’ve decided to go for my childhood favourites as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic recently.

I’ve totally cheated with this week’s list, because some of the books I’ve mentioned I’ve loved the series.

In no particular order:

(Click image for Goodread’s page! Some pictures aren’t very good quality, but I wanted to find the covers I read, where I could)

The Class That Went Wild Ruth Thomas

The Demon HeadmasterGillian Cross


I’ve tried to find the covers that I remember for this list, but it’s proving problematic! I hate it when covers are redesigned. Especially when there was nothing particularly wrong with the cover in the first place! Ah well. I loved the story inside of this book. This book was first published in 1982. I wasn’t born then, but I remember reading it during my childhood and being captivated by the story. Gillian Cross doesn’t mean demon as in scary demons. Just a nasty, nasty head teacher.

MatildaRoald Dahl


I adored this book growing up. To be honest, I still love it now. I often read it to the children at work and they love it as much as I did. This is the cover that I remember. It might have been my sister’s first. I can’t remember. I know it was incredibly well loved though.

BlubberJudy Blume


I believe that Judy Blume is another author that my sister got me into. I used to love her books. I remember really liking how Judy Blume explored bullying.

Malory TowersEnid Blyton


Let’s be honest, I loved anything Enid Blyton. St Clare’s, Secret Seven, Famous Five… I was a total Enid Blyton fangirl.

GoosebumpsR.L Stine


(Using a series again… such a cheater) I loved all of the Goosebumps books. I used to have them all and they looked like this. The cover was all goosebump-y. Yes, I’ve made that a word. I loved The Haunted Mask. I remember watching a film adaptation and it just wasn’t as good as the book!

Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal


Yes, I’m doing it again. Mentioning a series that I loved. I think my sister, once again, got me into this series.

The Babysitters ClubAnn M. Martin


Ahhh *nostalgic sigh* I adored The Babysitters Club. Debbie from Snuggling On The Sofa recently got the whole series. I’m so jealous. I loved this series and would adore a re-read!

Double ActJacqueline Wilson


I only read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I felt much to grown up to read her. Silly me. She’s a fantastic children’s author!

Point Horror– many authors but IΒ particularly likedΒ Caroline B. Cooney’s stories.


Ahhh, another selection of books that my sister got me into. I loved Point Horror.

What are some of your favourite childhood books? What did you do for the Top Ten Tuesday REWIND? Let me know in the comments below or leave your link and I’ll stop by!

84 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Childhood favourites

  1. I loved the Little House series as a child, the Borrowers series, the Babysitters’ Club, Lois Lenski’s historicals, just about anything historical. I read more than a few contemporary books, but I always preferred classic children’s literature or historical fiction. Some of the childhood favourites I’ve revisited as an adult, like Carolyn Haywood’s Betsy books, haven’t held up very well, while others, like Judy Delton’s charming Kitty series, still read very well.

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    • I can’t believe I never read The Little House series. I might have to check that out! I’m working my way through re-reading or reading children’s books. It’s so interesting to see the ones that still hold up well.

  2. YOU READ ENID BLYTON?! *suspicious side look* you must not be American…did you ever read her Famous Five series? Those were the bread and butter of my childhood haha!

    And Roald Dahl is just seriously the best. I loved all of his books, and while The BFG is hands down my absolute favourite of the lot, Matilda is right up there at the top of the list!

      • Well that certainly explains it! I was about to be shocked if there was another American out there who had even heard of Enid Blyton. She was never big here (but luckily none of my family is American, so I got all the Famous Five books and my brother got all the Secret Seven ones)

  3. Great list! Love Matilda! I was going to include James and the Giant Peach on my list but I didn’t have enough room :(Good to see Roald Dahl getting recognition though.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Happy Reading! πŸ˜€

  4. A brilliant list! I loved Malory Towers (and most of Enid Blyton’s other books) I also adored Charlotte’s Web, Mary Poppins, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Family From One End Street…. I could go on for pages on this topic. Made me happy to remember before I go off to work in the grown-up world πŸ˜‰

  5. Goosebumps! Oh the memories of how these books were always signed out in my school library. I think the books that bring me most childhood nostalgia is The Boxcar Children — my source for many book reports.


  6. Great list, I picked the same topic as well! Matilda is on my list, could have quite happily included most of his books! Yes to Malory Towers, I so wanted to go to school there and I remember reading my sister’s SVH books – she bought them while I bought all the Point Horror books πŸ™‚

  7. I was in a Baby Sitter’s Club book club when I was little and got a couple of books in the mail per month. I loved that series when I was younger, as well as Judy Blume’s Ramona books and Goosebumps. Did you ever read The Boxcar Children? I loved that series too!
    What a fun list! It’s great to revisit books we loved as a child.

    • Wow. I’m so jealous of your Babysitter’s Book Club. That sounds like great fun. I didn’t read The Boxcar Children. I’ll check it out though and may read it at some point! I found this list really nostalgic!

      • You should check out The Boxcar Children (at least the first book).
        I even tried to start my own babysitter’s club and failed because I was 9 or 10 and not nearly old enough to watch small children πŸ™‚

  8. I also went for Childhood favorites… It was a great walk down memory lane! The Babysitter’s Club made my list too. I would love to repurchase the entire series for nostalgia sake! They were all I read for almost 3 years. Please visit my top ten tuesday here! Also, I am a new follower, and would love if you followed me back!


  9. Aww I loved Matilda! I also read a few Judy Blume books when I was younger, although I think I read her books that were focused on the really young audience, not the coming-of-age stories that she wrote. (At least, I think those were the books I read, unless I’ve gotten my authors mixed up) Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love that you found all of the covers that you remember from childhood! I think the look of a book is so tied into our memories of reading it. The Goosebumps books — aaagh! These are all great — love Judy Blume!

  11. I love the Babysitters’ Club books so much when I was little. I especially loved the super special when they were on the cruise ship. I really wanted to go on a cruise when I was little.

  12. Yes to Matilda, yes to Sweet Valley High (as well as Kids, Teens, Unicorn Club, and whatever other ones I read), and yes to Babysitter’s Club! Did you ever read any books from the the… I guess spinoff series for younger readers? It focused around Kristy’s stepsister, Karen, and I loved that series as well!

  13. I loved Matilda as a kid, as well! It’s still one of my favorites, and I’ve actually read it a few times as an adult. I was luckily enough to see the musical. Have you seen it? I loved it!

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