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Children's Books I've Loved Over the Years

Children's books - the foundation of a love for reading.

- Magic Tree House, Book One: Dinosaurs Before Dark -


   Author: Mary Pope Osborne
   Back Cover Description: Where did the tree house come from?

   Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?
   I loved these books growing up!! I'm pretty sure everyone in our family read them, and they were some of the best early reads ever!

- Frog and Toad, Book One: Frog and Toad are Friends -


   Author: Arnold Lobel
   Back Cover Description: From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be.
   I learned to read with these books! They're great for early readers, and they have amazing illustration. 

   
Author: Tony Abbott
   Back Cover Description: Underneath the steps leading down the Eric's basement is a hidden storage space. It's dusty and old - nothing special at all. But when Eric, Julie and Neal all huddle inside the gray room together, something unbelievable happens. A rainbow-colored staircase appears. And as the kids take their very first step down into the mysterious land of Droon, they know that only magic and adventure awaits them!
   Flying cities, hidden palaces, and magical ocean storms - Droon is full of secrets. And for Eric, Julie and Neal, this is just the beginning . . . .
   I've mentioned these books before, but I loved them so much when I was younger that I figured I'd mention them again! They're a great, easy read, filled with adventure.


- Junie B. Jones, Book One: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus -


   Author: Barbara Park
   Back Cover Description: Remember when it was scary to go to school? In the first Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t. 
   I remember laughing so hard when my Mom and I read these together! They're hilarious, and I absolutely adored them growing up.

- American Girl: Meet Samantha -


   
Author: Susan Adler
   Back Cover Description: Samantha Parkington is an orphan who lives with her rich grandmother in 1904. There are many servants in Grandmary's busy, bustling household, but there is no one for Samantha to play with. That's why she's so excited when Nellie moves in next door. Nellie has come to work so that she can send money back to her family in the city. Even though their lives are different, the two girls become good friends. One day Samantha discovers that Jessie, the seamstress, is leaving. No one will tell her why. So she and Nellie plan a secret midnight adventure to find out.
   Any little girl will love reading this book - I know I did! An enjoyable read with lots of cool historical facts in it.
(another good book like this is Meet Kit, a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. All of the American Girl books are great, educational reads.)

   Have you read any of these books? If so, what about them did you enjoy? Was there anything you didn't enjoy? 

   If you haven't read them, which ones sound most interesting to you? Tell me in the comments section below or on my Facebook page Julia Witmer, Author!

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