Read: Some of My Old Favorites

Raise your hand if this rings a bell: hiding under the covers, flashlight in hand, with one eye on the page and the other on the bedroom door. Even though book-reading was a favorite nightly ritual at our house, I was a kid OBSESSED. We’re taking a step back in time to celebrate childhood this week (find all of our ’80’s-themed projects and activities here) and I couldn’t let it pass by without sharing a post featuring my absolute, all-time favorite 80’s past time…reading!

I was the kind of kid who missed meals to read, and when my face wasn’t buried in a book I was re-enacting favorite storylines, becoming the characters, or watching something book-related on TV – any Megan Follows Anne of Green Gables fans out there…??

I could still happily lose myself in a Reading Rainbow narration by Sir LeVar Burton (I don’t think he’s officially been knighted, but in this house we endorse it). Click below to play the song that saw me through my entire childhood – I can still sing the whole thing perfectly at the drop of a hat.

In the spirit of the week, I made an *abbreviated* list of my personal favorites from back in the day– some well-known, others forgotten – ALL great books.

The lovely illustration at the top of this post is part of a series called “Ideal Bookshelf” by artist Jane Mount – you can check out all of her bookshelf prints here)!

A List of My Favorite Childhood Books:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains a few Woodpeckers Crafts and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*



Children’s Book List Links

If you’re loving the throwback list, but craving something more current, there are tons of great places to find fantastic book suggestions in list-form…

More Reading Links to Help Encourage Children’s Literacy

And just for fun, I thought I’d also share some places I’ve run across that are great online/app resources to help kids get excited about reading:

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon or Woodpecker Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click-through to make a purchase, we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!


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Amanda E.
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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