As I think about all the lists that I want to post on my new Blog… I realize I want to make this personal too… the kids in the library are always asking, “what books do YOU like?” So, I decided to bring in my “Mrs. Schuler LOVES these books!” basket from the garage… and make sure it had my favorites.

Before I took this picture I made sure to add The World According to Humphrey and my latest favorite Book Scavenger. As I took the picture I realized some major favorites were missing… so I went on the hunt again… in my basement. (I was going to post a picture… but it is too scary… there are SOOO many boxes of EVERY THING in my basement… I just can’t do it!)

So after gathering this group I realize I am missing the first Harry PotterRamona and Beezus and the first Guardians of Ga’Hoole book. As I headed back downstairs, I thought of The White Giraffe. I came back up with these books.

I couldn’t believe I had forgotten Babysitter’s Club and The Mouse and the Motorcycle! HOW DARE I! Well… you will notice all the books I went searching for are still missing. So… I headed to my attic… SCARY! I will give you that picture!

After realizing most of the books up here are picture books, (Oh Heaven HELP me when I decide to make THAT list!) I was happy to finally find The White Giraffe and another favorite!

I finally realized that my Harry Potter set is in the boys’ room but I am still missing my entire Guardian’s of Ga’Hoole series and my Ramona and Beezus book. (I know I have a basket of Beverly Cleary books… but WHERE?)

After all that work I decided to pick my top ten… OH MY! This was difficult! I think I have narrowed it down… but I am just not sure… Here is my top ten!

MY TOP TEN … in alphabetical order by title… because there is NO WAY I can pick a number one favorite!

  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • The Doll People by Ann M. Martin
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Falcoln’s Wing by Dawna Lisa Buchanan
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • Just for You to Know by Cheryl Harness
  • The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
  • Reaching Dustin by Vicki Grove
  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
  • The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

I am having serious issues with leaving out Secret Garden and Jane Eyre… I have told myself Jane Eyre is not a children’s or YA book… but … Secret Garden… this just seems so wrong! I think Book Scavenger has certainly earned it’s spot… due to the fact I read it so quickly (with the boys I rarely finish a book in less than a month any more). I really can’t stop raving about it… but that is another post! Then I am not sure about the Doll People… I haven’t read it in awhile and recently realized there are now FOUR books in the series… if this was truly a favorite would I have missed that fact? I also realize NONE of my current top ten are from my childhood… Ramona and BeezusMouse and the MotorcycleSecret Garden… doesn’t my childhood deserve ONE spot? At least four of them are Mark Twain Nominees… so I can certainly see that lists influence on me. At least four of these authors have been at the Children’s Literature Festival at UCM… so that is also an influence.

Can YOU pick your top ten? Comment below… take a picture if you can!

**** The Saga continues…. I was posting about this on Facebook and got carried away tagging my teacher friends in the post and have lost commenting privileges. Due to tagging so many people in comments and then failing to accurately complete a capture code … I have been banned from commenting ANYWHERE on Facebook. Some of the friends that I managed to tag before getting punished have given great lists… prompting me to look at my stack of top books … and add a couple…

I feel I will probably have to do a follow-up Blog about this subject to share the results of my little Facebook survey. Of course I will have to weed out the rule breakers… some people are posting picture books… that is for another day! 🙂