Laura at Rehearsal Times Over tagged me for this meme. Hurrah! I hardly ever get tagged! “List your (and your kids’) current seven favorite children’s books, along with their authors. Then, if you’re so inclined, tag seven fellow bloggers to do the same.” I think I will have a difficult time limiting myself to seven as well
1. The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden. Kizzie lives with her great-great-grandmother in a caravan on the outskirts of the Admiral's property. The residents of the small village tolerate them, but just barely. When Kizzie's grandmother dies, there doesn't seem to be anywhere for Kizzie to go until quiet Miss Brooke offers to foster her and provides exactly the sort of home Kizzie needs. This was reprinted a few years ago as Gypsy Girl, which really irritates me because Kizzie isn't a Gypsy, she's half Gypsy--a diddakoi in the romani language, and this is an important aspect of the story.
2. The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Shy, timid Martha becomes friends with Ivy Carson--of the notorious Carson family. But Ivy is different from the rest of her family, and she explains to Martha that she's actually a changeling, a fairy child switched with the real Carson baby. Wonderfully realistic and imaginative. I read this over and over as a kid and wished I had a friend like Ivy.
3. The Dorrie books by Patricia Coombs. Dorrie is a little witch whose hat is always crooked and her socks never match. She lives with her mother, The Big Witch, Cook, and her black cat Gink. I have almost all the books in this series, except for the elusive Dorrie's Magic and Dorrie's Play. My daughters love these as well--Dorrie is constantly getting into trouble, bungling things up and annoying her mother but in the end she's always the one who is able to set things right.
4. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling--I've read the first four numerous times and we are in the midst of reading them aloud to Miranda, we're up to book five. If I had read these when I was younger, I think I would have fallen into a deep depression that an owl never showed up to let me know I'd been accepted to Hogwarts. The first one remains my favorite.
5. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett--I admired Sara so much and wanted to be just like her. Sara is the prized pupil at Miss Minchin's School for Girls, thanks to her rich papa. Sara isn't spoiled at all, she loves to read and is kind to everyone, including the scullery maid Becky. But when her father dies after losing all his money, Sara is banished to a cold, dark attic room and forced to work for her keep.
6. The Letter, the Witch and the Ring by John Bellairs-- this is the third in a series that features Lewis Barnavelt and his best friend Rose Rita. Lewis lives with his uncle Jonathon, who is a wizard. Next-door-neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman is a friendly witch. This book is mostly about Rose Rita, who travels to Michigan with Mrs. Zimmerman to see the farm she (Mrs. Zimmerman) just inherited from her cousin Oley. Soon they find themselves involved in a mystery involving a magic ring and a long held grudge.
7. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden--Nona has come from India to London to live with her cousins and is desperately homesick. She receives two little Japanese dolls as a gift and decides to build them a real Japanese house with the help of her cousins--helping herself to feel a part of the family in the process. The back of the book includes plans to build your own Japanese house which I've always wanted to do.