Summer Backslide & Our Top 5

20 Jul

A few weeks ago we posted an article from USA Today on our Facebook page about how reading during the summer might be the best way to protect against the summer backslide. It got us thinking here at the Book Talk team, what were our favorite summer reads growing up? That being said, here are our Top 5 summer reads from when we were younger:


The Phantom Tollbooth
The Giver
Max and Me and the Time Machine
Miracle at the Plate
Sideways Stories from Wayside School


A Wrinkle in Time
Lord of the Rings
Anne of Green Gables
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Alanna: The First Adventure


To Kill a Mockingbird
The Midwife’s Apprentice
A Cricket in Times Square
Island of the Blue Dolphins


Mrs. PiggleWiggle-anything
Strega Nona
Amelia Bedelia-anything
A Wrinkle in Time


Watership Down
The Little Prince
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Where the Red Fern Grows


A Wrinkle in Time
The Secret Garden
My Side of the Mountain
Anne of Green Gables

As you can see, we have some repeats but what can we say…A Wrinkle in Time is awesome.

What would your top 5 be?

9 Responses to “Summer Backslide & Our Top 5”

  1. Lori July 20, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Who can forget Encylopedia Brown and Nancy Drew. Also loved Richie Rich comic books!

  2. Little Willow July 20, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    Great lists, everyone! Mine would include:

    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende
    The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
    The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks
    Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy
    …and many, many more!

    • Trevor July 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

      Oh, NeverEnding Story is so good! I forgot about that one!

  3. christianguild July 20, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Well mine aren’t that old because I’m young but I would have to say encyclopedia brown, hunger games and harry potter. (I’m only 13)

    • abbotteacher July 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery definitely my favorite series.
      Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
      Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
      The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

      I have a ton of new favorites too!

  4. Nancy Osterkamp July 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    James and The Giant Peach
    Cricket In Times Square
    Mr. Popper’s Penguins
    All Beverly Cleary books!

  5. Elizabeth July 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    My top 5 books of all time would be:
    1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
    2. If You Give A Mouse Series- Laura Numeroff
    3. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    4. Black Lagoon Series- Mike Thaler
    5. Oh The Places You’ll Go- Dr. Seuss

    Lately I have found more books and series that have become new loves of mine. I am a pre-school teacher and have an avid growing book collection! Books are a favorite of mine! 🙂

  6. Ruthie Caitham July 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I am old and these will date me! My growing up top 5 are

    Little Women
    Charlotte’s Web
    Misty of Chincoteague
    Mrs. Mike
    Wuthering Heights

    Nancy Drew books introduced the world of mysteries which continues today with many favorite authors.

  7. Denise July 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I know I spent many a summer wrapped up in Ramona, Little House on the Prairie, Heidi, Babysitter’s Club and Nancy Drew. I loved starting a series and reading it the whole way through! Might explain my fascination with Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, Blue Bloods, and other series books today!

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