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Give Me All of the Books: A Few of My Childhood Favorites

Photo by Gaelle Marcel

Photo by Gaelle Marcel

My favorite books as a child are still my favorite books today and ones that I could read over and over again. These books influenced me greatly as a child and fueled my imagination and creativity. These books not only contain stories that continue to influence me even today but these books are a reminder of some of my favorite memories. 

#4. Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley 

This book follows the life of an eight-year-old girl named Elsie. She is a girl who longs for a loving relationship with her father, struggles with being bullied by her cousins and criticized by her teacher. Elsie begins to learn more about herself and how to handle her problems while depending completely on her faith in God to find happiness. 

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#3. The Tender Years by Janette Oke 

The Tender Years tells a story that every young girl can relate to. Virginia is a girl who is caught between childhood and adulthood. She struggles with finding her place, fitting in, and against what she considers to be unreasonable restrictions and expectations. 

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#2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

This classic book begins the story of the Boxcar Children—four orphaned siblings who are determined to make it on their own in order to avoid being placed in the custody of their grandfather. They discover an old, red boxcar that they turn into their home. The first book of the many in this collection, living in a boxcar is just one of the adventures that the boxcar children will go on. 

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#1 Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

This book has so far remained my favorite book.  It follows Miriam Willard who is taken captive during an Indian raid. She finds herself caught in the middle of the French and Indian War. As she marches north, Miriam can only wonder what waits for her at the end of the journey. 

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— Kristin