7 Retro Children’s Books

February 5th, 2009 by Jane

We all have fond memories of books we loved as kids like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys books or the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Here are a few slightly less well-known books that are still great!

1. Old Fashioned Friendship
I adored the Betsy, Tacy and Tib series when I was a kid and I am sure your children will love this charming set of books about three childhood friends and their adventures.

2. Rhyming
“Stand Back” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” is a fun and funny read aloud book to add to your child’s library. 

3. In the Pink
 I coveted my sister’s copy of this wonderfully illustrated book about a girl with a messy room.  Thank goodness The Big Tidy-Up is back in print!

4. It’s Elementary!
Kids can learn analytical thinking from reading the Encyclopedia Brown boy detective series.  The books are now an updated classic and a great deal in a boxed set. 

5. Adolescent Angst
In sixth grade, I was obsessed with the young adult books by S.E. Hinton.  This acclaimed writer is still writing and her books are readily available

6. Magical Mischief
These books about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and the adventures she has in her upside-down house have been a hit with children for over 50 years.  Still available and still hilarious!

7. If You Lived in a Tree…
I wanted to grow up to have a house just like the one in Miss Twiggley’s Tree.  This book has a wonderful message about sharing that you can impart to your kids. 

One Response to “7 Retro Children’s Books”

  1. Sister Sue Says:

    I now have a new print edition of The Big Tidy Up. I swear I almost wept when I saw it at the bookstore. I LOVE that book. Another great one to mention is TikiTiki Tembo……have a copy of that one.

    I managed to buy a copy of Ms Twiggley’s Tree at half price books along with the Gypsy Girls Shoes

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