A FEW OF LISA'S FAVORITE BOOKS . . .
TOP TEN FAVORITES (in random order)
1) Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech - What a great storyteller Sharon Creech is!
2) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli - I think we all know someone like her--and maybe some of us are Stargirls.
3) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Enough said.
4) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Wow, this book was a true page turner!
5) The Arrival by Shaun Tan - A brilliant and beautiful novel without words.
6) Katie John books by Mary Calhoun - I LOVED these stories so much, I named my daughter after the main character. Read what happened when Lisa met her literary hero.
7) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I cried at the end of this book, because I never wanted it to end.
8) The Penderwicks series by Jeannie Birdsall - These contemporary novels read like the classics I cherished as a child.
9) Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne - See my Winnie-the-Pooh obsession.
10) Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - Perfect.
Top Ten Favorite Books That Lisa Would Defy Bedtime Rules to Read with a Flashlight (when she was a kid)
1) The Moffits by Eleanor Estes - What a fun family!
2) All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor - This series of books made turn-of-the century New York come alive for me. It also made me want to be Jewish and have a lot of sisters.
3) Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty McDonald - I wanted to hang out at Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's upside-down house!
4) Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene - This is really bad, but sometimes I couldn't stand it and would read the last page first.
5) The Trouble with Jenny's Ear by Oliver Butterworth - A fun and funny book that I read several times.
6) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I totally identified with Jo. But then, who doesn't?
7) The Borrowers by Mary Norton - So enchanting, yet, to me, the Borrowers were so real.
8) Beezus and Ramona books by Beverly Cleary - These books get even better over time. Here's a video of Lisa talking about Beverly Cleary.
9) Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder - I loved reading these on rainy days.
10) The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett - Oh, to be transported back to that secret garden!