National Library Week

On Friday, our resident librarian blogger, Lindsey Levinsohn, told you how libraries influenced her at an early age. Just like Lindsey, some of m

y most vivid childhood memories are from the hours I spent in the children’s section of the Erie County Public Library in Pennsylvania. We made crafts, we had story time, and we even played computer games on an Apple computer with a 5 1/4″ floppy disk drive. I still remember the children’s librarian who ran the show. (Thanks, Kitty!)

Of course, the best part of going to the library was being able to take home a page turner. Out of all the books in those stacks, the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine were always highest on my must check out list.

So for National Library Week we want to know: What was your favorite book or series when you were growing up? Leave a comment on this post, and at the end of the week, we’ll randomly select one commentor to receive a publisher prize package featuing audiobooks, print books, and DVDs. If the book is available in your library’s digital collection, don’t forget to post a link to the title page. (Not necessary to win, but always a bonus.)

The National Library Week giveaway ends Friday, April 16, at 11:59 pm ET.

23 Responses to “National Library Week giveaway”

  1. Jessica Holman

    My absolute favorite book when I was a kid was Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

  2. Jennifer Salas

    I loved Ann Martin’s Babysitters Club- I devoured that series and couldn’t wait for the new ones to come out.

  3. Amy Stafford

    I have three childhood favorites that I read over and over, but if I had to choose just one, I would say WAIT TILL HELEN COMES by Mary Downing Hahn. My elementary school library was divided up by grades and since I was in the 2nd grade at the time, I had to sneak over to the 4th graders side when the librarian had her back turned, grab the book, then check it out while pretending to be a 4th grader (scary stuff!). The book scared the you-know-what out of me, but I read it again and again. I now work in a library and recommend it to kids all the time.

  4. Denise Olson

    My favorite book was Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow. My step-daughter also enjoyed it as a child, but when trying to find it for our granddaughters I was disappointed to find it’s now out of print.

  5. Denise

    I was and will always be a die hard Baby-sitters Club fan. When I received the prequel in the mail last month, I breezed right through it!

  6. Carmalee

    Growing up we lived in a rural area and my favorite day of the week was Book-mobile day! I checked out as many books as I was allowed to (it varied by age) and couldn’t wait for the next week to come to more!

    My absolute favorite books were the entire Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. I owned them and read the hard covered books dog eared.

  7. Charley Hively

    In my small hometown of Nitro, WV (yes, named after the nitroglycerin the chemical plants manufactured there), our library then was a one-room building between the elementary & high schools. On the last day of my fourth grade school year, Mrs. Paxton, the city’s librarian, suggested I read E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. I’d been a mystery fan until then: Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew. Charlotte’s Web, however, sparked something even Mrs. Paxton couldn’t foresee. I can still vividly picture red-haired & freckled Fern; plainly see Templeton, the greedy rat; and, of course, Charlotte, whose ingenuity saves Wilbur’s life. I probably read that book 20 times that summer, and I learned some valuable lessons: the power of friendship; that death is a natural part of life; the beauty of the written word. Since then I have recommended it to hundreds of youngsters during my library career. If Mrs. Paxton only knew how that one gift would lead to a summer of love, a wonderful career, and a lifetime of books! All I can say is Charlotte’s Web is "SOME BOOK!"
    Check it out:

  8. Julie

    Judy Blume made a huge impact on my life, helped me feel like less of a freak!

  9. Ardyce

    Libraries also had a wonderful impact on my young life from the school library where I eventually grew old enough to be in the library club to the bookmobile which was available in our rural area for a few years to working in the high school library for my senior year. When we moved to a new town, the library was the second place I sought out, after the grocery store. Now I have a wonderful job working in that same library. But a favorite book? I’d have to say that over the years that choice has changed. I loved the "Little House" books in grade school, growing up about 15 miles from where Almanzo Wilder had lived. I read "Gone with the Wind" when I was in 8th grade. I read Bobbsey Twins and Cherry Ames, Perry Mason and Ellery Queen. I was always reading and, even if it sounds fickle, I think my favorite book was the one I was reading at the time.

  10. Angie

    I fell in love with penguins at the early age of 2 or 3 when I first watched Santa Clause is coming to town–Topper the penguin was a side kick to Kris Kringle. Penguins were not as popular then as they are 40 years later and it was hard to find penguin items. My fourth grade teacher re-sparked my interest when she read Richard Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I read that book every year after that and still do. It’s a favorite gift from nieces and nephews today—I own a dozen or more copies but all are loaned out to future penguin addicts–so I still check out from the library–it’s a 32 year habit I hope to never break! 😉

  11. Katrina

    There was nothing like a trip to the library growing up, even to this day I get a little giddy when I can walk into a library, all that knowledge and adventure waiting at my finger tips.

    One of my favorites were the Babysitter’s club books, those were the books that opened my eyes up to reading.

    Another was "The Pennywhistle Tree" by Doris Buchanan Smith. It doesn’t even look like that book is in print anymore. Man, I would love to get a copy of that book.

  12. Kriska

    My favorite author was Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders or Pern series. I loved those!

  13. Rachel

    I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure series, I used to take those out from my hometown library all the time as a kid!

  14. Christopher

    CTRL+F "Encyclopedia Brown" not found? I loved the Encyclopedia Brown series when I was younger!

  15. Karen

    When I was about eight or nine, my grandmother gave my sisters and I the "Little House on the Prairie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We all loved those books! It really helped develop my fondness for historical works.

  16. Lynne F.

    Growing up in a bilingual area I loved French and English books. My favourites as a young child were Babar and Tin Tin. A few years later I discovered Nancy Drew and I’m still a mystery/suspense lover today!

  17. Celeste

    My favorite books were The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. I read them at least once a year back then. I must have read them over 50 times by now. They fueled my love of fantasy literature.