I can’t remember all the books I read as a child, but two always come to mind because I read them again and again.
The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I remember being enthralled with the idea of kids running away (something I fantasized about from time to time,) and making their own little house in a train car and finding treasure and a dog and picking cherries. I read it at least five times and now I’m reading it to my daughter.
The other was Wait Till Helen comes by Mary Downing Hahn. I think I may have been captured first by the cover, (creepy, huh?) but the story was so real and fascinating to me I checked it out of the library every other month during third grade. I guess it never occurred to the school librarian to recommend anything else.
I think a lot of kids get hooked on certain books and love to read them over and over. The main character in When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, reads A Wrinkle in Time over and over. I related to that character a lot. Certain books are like a good friend you can count on and they stick with you.
What childhood books still stick with you?