Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Kid-Lit Books Written Before I Was Born


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books Written Before I Was Born.

Oh dear. Is this topic just an under-handed way to get me to disclose how old I am???? Because I’ll tell you, relative to the majority of the book bloggers I know, sometimes I feel like I’m ANCIENT. (OK, so I’m in my 50s, which isn’t completely over the hill just yet!)

Anyhoo… I thought I’d zoom in on children’s books, written before I was born, that stand the test of time! Almost all of these are books that I read myself as a child, and then shared with my own kids too.

  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (1952)
  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Syndey Taylor (1951)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (1959)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (1962)
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1960)
  • Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss (1962)
  • Knight’s Castle by Edward Eager (1956)

Honorable mention: I’d include these books as well, but I didn’t read them until I was an adult! Still, they definitely belong on a list of favorite children’s books — and they were certainly written before I was born:

  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (1950)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (1908)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

Are any of these your favorites too?

What books written before you were born do you really love?

Please share your link so I can check out your top 10!

29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Kid-Lit Books Written Before I Was Born

  1. Great list! Charlotte’s Web, The Phantom Tollbooth and Wrinkle in Time are favorites of mine, and I have fond memories of The All-of-a-Kind Family. I’d probably have to add The Secret Garden, the Mary Poppins books, and the Oz series.

  2. I see some great ones in there and you have given me ideas on books I never got to, like Anne of Green Gables and A Wrinkle in Time. I loved My Side of the Mountain – read it a few times!

  3. Woohoo! You picked a great set of books this week — including two I don’t know (Knight’s Castle and All-of-a-Kind Family), which is not an easy trick with me. Not to mention a Dr. Seuss I completely forgot about.

    Little Women and My Side of the Mountain are my favorites here (I have a Jean Craighead George book on my list this week too — Childhood Me GOBBLED up her canon), but I’ve read all the others except The Phantom Tollbooth.

        • I think Half Magic is the one more people are familiar with. I had read Knight’s Castle as a child and remembered the story, but not the title or author. It was only when I picked up Half Magic with my son and then started exploring his other books that I realized that Knight’s Castle was the book I’d been trying to identify!

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