I’m a child of the ‘90s. Growing up, I loved reading the The Baby-sitter’s Club series and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps; my VHS tapes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were in heavy rotation; and I watched Nickelodeon almost every day.
For people of a certain age, ‘90s nostalgia is high right now. Mention a popular kid’s show from the decade, like Rugrats, and you’ll likely see eyes light up for handfuls of adults in their twenties and thirties. Several recent eBooks and audiobooks take a look into pop culture from the end of the 20th century, focusing especially on what one title dubs “Nickelodeon’s golden age”:
Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age – Mathew Klickstein
While the book is an unwieldy oral history and can at times be hard to follow, people who grew up watching Nickelodeon in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s will get a kick out of reading about some of the behind-the-scenes stories from shows like Hey Dude, Ren & Stimpy and The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
Melissa Explains It All – Melissa Joan Hart
“Clarissa” acts as a story teller and narrates her life tales so far, detailing what it was like to be a child star and continuing to be a well-adjusted married mother as an adult. Funny, but keep in mind it’s not always family-friendly, so maybe use caution if listening to this audiobook in the car with sensitive ears.
The Totally Sweet 90s – Gael Fashingbauer Cooper & Brian Bellmont
If you like lists, alphabetical encyclopedia style eBooks and enjoy digging into your memory for moments that make you say, “Ohhhhh, I remember Pogs!” – this is the book for you. Relive popular culture and “the toys, tastes and trends that defined a decade.”
Melissa Marin is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive.