For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read books. Many hours were spent in the library picking out which books I wanted to read next. As a child, I read books as fast as I could get my hands on them. Though my love of reading has not diminished, I no longer can read as quickly as before. This is likely because the books I read now are a bit longer and not as easy to read. This has led me to have a huge TBR, but I’m working on that. Sometimes, I think about the books that I loved when I was younger. This made me think that I should share the nostalgic books from my childhood.
Over the years, I have revisited many of these stories. Most of them I enjoy just as much as the day I first read them. It is nice to step back from a hectic day and dive into a book that brought pure joy when I was younger.
Nostalgic books from my childhood
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Not only did I read this book a few dozen times as a kid, but it’s also the only book that has truly brought me to tears. The story of Black Beauty is so beautiful and yet is tinged with sadness. It is not simply a story about a horse, but in fact, is his biography and highlights the triumphs and struggles of being a horse. This is a book that I regularly revisit because the story calls to me. I also love the movie, though the book will always be my top choice as a way to experience the story.
It is a shame that this is the only book Sewell ever wrote because she had a wonderful way with words.
Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton
Though I can’t remember when I read these books as a kid, I do know I enjoyed them. Unicorns, a young girl transported to another world, magic and defeating an evil army. What’s not to like? These books are quick little reads that have a great story to them. Even reading these as an adult, I could see what made younger me fall in love with them.
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
I have never been much of a poetry fan. However, Shel Silverstein’s books were wonderful. They made me appreciate poetry when I was younger. Not only that, the stories told within those poems were fantastic. I read all of his poetry books as a kid, but Where The Sidewalk Ends is the one that always comes to mind first.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
By far, my favorite Dahl book. Matilda’s story is one that stuck with me from the first time I read the book. I wanted to be like Matilda – well minus the terrible parents part. Honestly, as a book-loving kid, it was such a treat to read a book where the main character also loved reading. The fact that she had telepathy, defeated the evil principal and got the life she wanted is just a nice bonus.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I remember being in grade 8 when I read this book. It was one of many books I had to choose from to read and do a book report on. Though I can’t remember if I had read it prior to this, I threw myself into it with full enthusiasm. I remember having to write incredibly small in order to get all my thoughts about it to fit on the designated page for the book report. After that, I was regularly thinking about this book. It has stuck with me for 20+ years. In fact, I was absolutely thrilled when I found a copy of it in a used book store a few years back.
Since then I have read it at least three times. I also had my son read it and he enjoyed it quite a bit.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Though Matilda is my favorite book, The Witches comes in at a close second. I love the idea of these witches hiding amongst society, plotting secretly. But mostly, I love how they peeled off their disguises so that they could be their true selves, and that’s when the book truly takes off.
Really the only thing better than this book is the movie. Angelica Houston does such a good job bringing the Grand High Witch.
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
This entire series was my childhood. I remember making a beeline for these books every time we went to the library – which was fairly often. I will admit, there were times when I wished the main character Alec, was a girl, but otherwise, I thought these books were perfect. The Black Stallion is my favorite of them. It’s the one that started it all. Over the years I have hunted down copies of this book and the entire series. Getting to enjoy them again has been wonderful.
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
I remember reading this book so many times. In fact, I actually wore out a copy of it and had to get another one. This is the first in a four-book series and they are all so fun to read. The story is a bit dated now, but as a kid, I thought they were the most wonderful thing ever. I wanted to go to Chincoteague and see the wild horses. Actually, I still do.
Honestly, any book by Marguerite Henry falls into the category of nostalgic books.
The Little Lost Unicorn by Micahel Pellowski
This is by far one of the earliest books that I became obsessed with. If you couldn’t tell by now, I was very much a horse-loving child. Truth be told, I never grew out of that. I actually found this book not long ago while sorting through boxes of books. As soon as I found it, I sat down and read through it. Though a very short story, this one always made me feel so happy in the end.
These are the book that I immediately think of what I want to read something nostalgic from my childhood. I still own many of these books and do re-read them from time to time. It’s really great to be able to revisit these books. They bring me back to the happy times as a child. However, the best thing is being able to share them with my son. He may not love all of them as much as I did, but he has read most of these and enjoyed quite a few – especially the Dahl books.
When you think of nostalgic books, which ones come to mind? Are they from your childhood or later in life?