Stacy's Classic Childhood Favorites (Chapter Books)

With plenty of time at home to peruse her personal bookshelves, our bookseller Stacy was inspired to share some of her absolutely, hands-down, all-time favorite chapter books from childhood. They are so beloved that some copies are the actual ones she held as a kid. All of these titles have withstood the test of time and are still published and available today.

A Little Princess (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321127
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

My #1 fave book from childhood!  I was in awe of Sara Crewe and how she handled herself with grace during so much hardship and cruelty.  And I really envied that attic window.


Betsy-Tacy Cover Image
By Maud Hart Lovelace, Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064400961
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Published: HarperCollins - August 14th, 2007

I loved every book in this series but it all begins with this little gem. I adored Betsy's outgoing and spunky personality and identified with shy, reserved, Tacy.  Following along on their adventures both big and small were a delight.


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Cover Image
By Betty MacDonald, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780064401487
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Published: HarperCollins - August 14th, 2007

Because I was such a rule follower as a child (not much has changed) I LOVED Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's clever and humorous cure's for children's bad behaviors.


Little House in the Big Woods Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060264307
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Published: HarperCollins -

The first in the Little House series. Growing up in MN, I was captivated by these historical stories that took place in my own back yard.


Harriet the Spy Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440416791
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Published: Yearling - May 8th, 2001

As a curious, watchful kid myself, I was completely identified with Harriet and admired her skills as a spy!


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Cover Image
By Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689710681
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Published: Aladdin - March 1st, 1986

My first chapter book with anthropomorphic animals - I was utterly enthralled.  I loved sweet Mrs. Frisby and her friendship with the highly intelligent rats (who escaped from the labs at Nimh) who came to her rescue.


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711817
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1998

Running away from home and hiding in a major museum in NYC - and getting caught in a mystery - how much cooler could it get?!


The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440414124
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Published: Yearling - September 8th, 1997