My 9-year-old granddaughter is having a good reading summer! She’s already finished a couple of books on her list for school. She’s also discovered some series that she loves—The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries books are her top favorites. I’m thrilled that she is discovering the pleasure of reading more than ever before.

I haven’t read any current books for 9-year-olds, but it seems like Angelina’s favorites help kids to laugh at their not-so-perfect lives. Learning to laugh at yourself is a good life skill. I’m not sure I had that ability at 9. But I am remembering with joy some of the books I curled up with at that age…

– Trixie Belden series by Julie Campbell Tatham
Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart LovelaceTibbs
– Nancy Drew & the Dana Girls by Carolyn Keene
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary books have stood the test of time. They are still on reading lists. The Betsy-Tacy books were very cozy and Midwestern—truly nostalgia item these days. Nancy Drew is still around, but completely updated. I don’t think Trixie and the Dana Girls have crossed the generations, but I’ll always have a warm spot in my heart for girl heroes investigating clues in winding staircases!

Who warmed your heart when you were “summer reading?”

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8 Responses

  • EJ Posted July 14th, 2010

    My daughter (also 9) recently discovered Nancy Drew, although in graphic novel form! I love that I read Nancy Drew at her age, and so did my mom, and the books are still good. My daughter also loved the Ramona books, which I also read at her age, and we’re looking forward to the movie coming out later this month. Just goes to show that really great books stand the test of time. When I was younger, I loved The Tillerman Series by Cynthia Voigt. These books are still on readings lists and I’ve reread them as an adult and loved them just as much.

  • Morgan Posted July 14th, 2010

    Trixie Belden! I haven’t heard that name in a while. Though I grew up with the Babysitter’s Club generation, I fondly remember reading the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books my aunt had kept from her childhood when I was a young girl. Ramona always took the cake, though. I’ve read every Ramona book at least a dozen times each, and it’s great to see that today’s young readers still connect with her. Speaking of, it looks like a new Ramona Quimby movie is set to come out next weekend!

  • LY Posted July 14th, 2010

    I skipped the Babysitter’s Club and the like for much older books. My sister is 10 years older than me, so I was naturally curious to read what she was reading. For me, childhood was all about VC Andrews and Richard Bachman/Stephen King! Our love of thrillers and horrors continues today. 🙂

  • Laura Posted July 14th, 2010

    When I was younger I always enjoyed reading Brian Jacques’ Redwall Abbey series. I also loved reading the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Anything with a lot of adventure!

  • FJ Posted July 15th, 2010

    I too loved the Nancy Drew books, though I was a little older when I met a friend who had most of the whole series. I read and reread Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. When my daughter was about that age, we read the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder together.

  • Leah Posted July 15th, 2010

    I was definitely into The Babysitter’s Club and thought that Claudia and I were kindred souls.

    There was a book by Joan Aiken called “The Last Slice of Rainbow” that was THE coveted book in my elementary school. It was super hard to get a copy at our school library. Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark” was also the must-have book when I was little. Somehow it was thrilling and scary every time.

    The American Girl Dolls series was pretty popular as well, although it wasn’t much my thing.

  • EJ Posted July 15th, 2010

    Wow… I forgot about The Babysitter’s Club. Takes me back!

  • Jess Posted July 17th, 2010

    I wish I still had my Trixie Belden collection! I inherited it from my older sister, and I read those books so much that I had to haunt used bookstores for new copies. Sadly, I had limited bookshelf space as a kid, and outgrew them.

    My daughter is getting a kitten whose shelter name is Trixie, and I took that as an opportunity to tell her about the Trixie Belden books. Now I want to read them again!