March 14, 2006

KidLit redux

Cindy drew my attention to her own post today about children's literature and the decline of bedtime stories. Since it included yet another one of those lists, I had to get on the bandwagon.

Actually there are two lists - one each for the 150 bestselling hardcover and paperback children's books of all time, at least to 2000. I really don't think I could do the subject justice without accessing both. So the big question becomes: Can Scott dig back far enough in his memory to know how many of these things he's actually read? As usual, the ones I have read (or at least I'm pretty sure about) are bolded.


  1. The Poky Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowrey (1942)
  2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter (1902)
  3. Tootle, Gertrude Crampton (1945)
  4. Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss (1960)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling (2000)
  6. Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kunhardt (1940)
  7. Saggy Baggy Elephant, Kathryn and Byron Jackson (1947)
  8. Scuffy the Tugboat, Gertrude Crampton (1955)
  9. The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss (1957)
  10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling (1999)
  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling (1999)
  12. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein (1974)
  13. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Dr. Seuss (1960)
  14. The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein (1964)
  15. The Littlest Angel, Charles Tazewell (1946)
  16. Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss (1963) (Best. Seuss. Ever.)
  17. Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss (1990)
  18. Dr. Seuss's ABC, Dr. Seuss (1960)
  19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer'sPhilosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling (1998) (Ahem.)
  20. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle (1969)
  21. The Children's Bible (1965) (Maybe - I have an edition of the Living Bible with this title, though it was published in 1976.)
  22. A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein (1981)
  23. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Beatrix Potter (1904)
  24. Are You My Mother?, P. D. Eastman (1960)
  25. The Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister (1992)
  26. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss (1958)
  27. Richard Scarry's Best Word Book, Richard Scarry (1963)
  28. Disney's the Lion King, adapted by Justine Korman (1994)
  29. The Tale of Jemina Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter (1908)
  30. The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper (1930)
  31. Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss (1965)
  32. Goodnight Moon (board book), Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd (1991)
  33. The Real Mother Goose, Blanche F. Wright (1916)
  34. Go, Dog Go!, P. D. Eastman (1961)
  35. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss (1964) (I believe this is the only book I own in all media: print, audio, and video.)
  36. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, Beatrix Potter (1903)
  37. The Tale of Tom Kitten, Beatrix Potter (1907)
  38. Macmillan Dictionary for Children, edited by Judith Levy (1975)
  39. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne; illustrated by Ernest Shepard (1926)
  40. My Book About Me (By Me, Myself), Dr. Seuss; illustrated by Roy McKie (1969)
  41. Where's Waldo?, Martin Handford (1987)
  42. Just Imagine (1992)
  43. The Great Waldo Search, Martin Handford (1989)
  44. The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg (1985)
  45. Find Waldo Now, Martin Handford (1989)
  46. Cat's Cradle, Anne Akers Johnson; illustrated by Sarah Boore (1993)
  47. The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary, P. D. Eastman (1964)
  48. Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947)
  49. Walt Disney's Storyland, Walt Disney (1962)
  50. The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew #5), Carolyn Keene (1931) (Well, I read some edition of it, anyway - the syndicate that created this franchise updated them every 20 years or so. Ditto Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins, etc.)
  51. Barney's Favorite Mother Goose Rhymes Vol. 1 (1993)
  52. Falling Up, Shel Silverstein (1996)
  53. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1), Carolyn Keene (1930)
  54. Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever, Richard Scarry (1964)
  55. The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys #1), Franklin Dixon (1927)
  56. Guess How Much I Love You (board book), (1996)
  57. Barney's Farm Animals, (1993)
  58. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, Dr. Seuss (1978)
  59. Baby Bop's Toys, (1993)
  60. Put Me in the Zoo, Robert Lopshire (1960)
  61. The Touch Me Book, Pat and Eve Witte (1961)
  62. I Am a Bunny, Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry (1963)
  63. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak (1964)
  64. Never Talk to Strangers, Irma Joyce (1967)
  65. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, Dr. Seuss (1975)
  66. Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever, Richard Scarry (1968)
  67. When We Were Very Young, A. A. Milne; illustrated by Ernest Shepard (1924)
  68. The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2), Carolyn Keene (1930)
  69. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond (1985)
  70. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry (1943)
  71. Barney's Magical Picnic, Stephen White (1993)
  72. The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys #2), Franklin Dixon (1927)
  73. Richard's Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, Richard Scarry (1968) (We were finding Goldbug before that piker Handford ever conceived of Waldo.)
  74. Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram (1995)
  75. Animalia, Graeme Base (1987)
  76. The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew #3), Carolyn Keene (1930)
  77. Kay Thompson's Eloise, Kay Thompson; illustrated by Hilary Knight (1955)
  78. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1952)
  79. Moo Baa La La La (board book), Sandra Boynton (1982)
  80. Disney's 101 Dalmatians, adapted by Ronald Kidd (1991)
  81. Barney's Color Surprise (1993)
  82. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, adapted by Ronald Kidd (1991)
  83. Scholastic Children's Dictionary (1996)
  84. Eloise Wilkin's Mother Goose, Eloise Wilkin (1961)
  85. Oh Say Can You Say?, Dr. Seuss (1979)
  86. The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys #3), Franklin Dixon (1930)
  87. Disney's The Little Mermaid, adapted by Ronald Kidd (1991)
  88. Love Is a Special Way of Feeling, Joan Walsh Anglund (1960)
  89. The Very Quiet Cricket, Eric Carle (1990)
  90. The Magic Locket, Elizabeth Koda-Callan (1988)
  91. A Fly Went By, Mike McClintock; illustrated by Fritz Siebel (1958)
  92. The Going to Bed Book, Sandra Boynton (1982)
  93. There's a Wocket in My Pocket!, Dr. Seuss (1974)
  94. Big Bird's Color Game (1980)
  95. Aladdin, adapted by Ronald Kidd (1992)
  96. Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey (1941)
  97. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial Storybook, William Kotzwinkle (1983)
  98. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? (board book), Dr. Seuss (1996)
  99. Dr. Seuss's ABC (board book), Dr. Seuss (1996)
  100. The Mystery of Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew #4), Carolyn Keene (1930)
  101. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, Dr. Seuss (1970)
  102. The Cheerios Play Book, Lee Wade (1998)
  103. Baby's First Words, Lars Wik (1985)
  104. The Runaway Bunny (board book), Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd (1991)
  105. Disney's The Lion King, adapted by Ronald Kidd (1994)
  106. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Storybook Based on the Movie (1990)
  107. Disney's Storybook Collection (1998)
  108. The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys #4), Franklin Dixon (1930) (I can't precisely recollect this title, so let's assume no.)
  109. The Way Things Work, David Macaulay (1988)
  110. The Mitten, Jan Brett (1989)
  111. Hunting for Hidden Gold (Hardy Boys #5), Franklin Dixon (1928)
  112. The Eleventh Hour, Graeme Base (1989)
  113. Thomas the Tank Engine's Noisy Trip, Rev. W. Awdry (1989)
  114. Where's Spot?, Eric Hill (1980)
  115. If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond (1991)
  116. Baby Bop's Counting Book (1993)
  117. Tawny Scrawny Lion, Kathryn Jackson (1952)
  118. Barnyard Dance, Sandra Boynton (1993)
  119. The Silver Slippers, Elizabeth Koda-Callan (1989)
  120. Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?, Richard Scarry (1968)
  121. Star Wars Episode I Cross Sections (1999) (I browsed it in the bookstore, so I'm counting it.)
  122. House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne; illustrated by Ernest Shepard (1928)
  123. On the Day You Were Born, Debra Frasier (1991)
  124. Santa Mouse, Elfrieda Dewitt (1966)
  125. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss (1958)
  126. My First Bible in Pictures, Kenneth Taylor (1989)
  127. Stellaluna, Janell Cannon (1993)
  128. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch (1986)
  129. The Sneetches and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss (1961)
  130. Ten Apples Up On Top!, Theo. LeSieg; illustrated by Roy McKie (1961)
  131. Baby's ABC, Steve Shevett (1986)
  132. The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle (1985)
  133. I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles, Jean Marzollo; photos by Walter Wick (1992)
  134. My First Word Board Book (1997)
  135. I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!, Dr. Seuss; illustrated by James Stevenson (1987)
  136. Thomas and the Freight Train, Rev. W. Awdry (1991)
  137. Arthur Goes to School, Marc Brown (1995)
  138. Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr. Seuss (1940)
  139. Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss (1959)
  140. Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, Dr. Seuss (1962)
  141. Babies So Tall Board Book, Gyo Fujikawa (1963)
  142. Big Bird's Mother Goose, photos by John Barrett (1984)
  143. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Jon Scieszka; illustrated by Lane Smith (1989)
  144. It's Not Easy Being a Bunny, Marilyn Sadler; illustrated by Roger Bollen (1983)
  145. The Jolly Postman, Janet and Allan Ahlberg (1986)
  146. The Tall Book of Nursery Tales, Feodor Rojankovsky (1944)
  147. The Napping House, Audrey Wood; illustrated by Don Wood (1984)
  148. Curious George, H. A. and Margret Ray (1941)
  149. Baby's Animal Friend, Phoebe Dunn (1988)
  150. Richard Scarry's Early Words, Richard Scarry (1976)


  1. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1974) (A well-deserved #1 book.)
  2. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton (1968) (Ironically, the one book of Hinton's that I have read - Tex - isn't on the list.)
  3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume (1976)
  4. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; illustrated by Sheila McGraw (1986)
  5. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (1973)
  6. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell (1971) (Don't hear people talking about this one too often. An overlooked classic.)
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer'sPhilosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling (1999) (Ahem.)
  8. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume (1972)
  9. Shane, Jack Schaeffer (1972)
  10. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks (1982)
  11. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (1974)
  12. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth illiams (1971) (Ironic that the best-selling Little House book should be one of the few I haven't read. My hometown public library had all of them but this one.)
  13. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  14. The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford (1984)
  15. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry (1968)
  16. Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes (1969)
  17. Just Me and My Dad, Mercer Mayer (1977)
  18. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous (1976)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. J. K. Rowling (2000)
  20. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Judy Blume (1976)
  21. Blubber, Judy Blume (1976)
  22. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare (1972)
  23. Superfudge, Judy Blume (1981)
  24. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson (1987)
  25. Freckle Juice, Judy Blume (1978)
  26. On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  27. That Was Then, This Is Now, S. E. Hinton (1972)
  28. Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar (1985)
  29. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger (1951) (Unfortunately. Why is this a children's novel? It must be because all those high-school English students are forced to read it.)
  30. Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  31. Just Go to Bed, Mercer Mayer (1993)
  32. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak (1984)
  33. Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd (1977)
  34. The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  35. The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1974)
  36. By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  37. Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  38. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1983)
  39. The Pigman, Paul Zindel (1978)
  40. The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1961)
  41. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg (1973)
  42. Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad, Mercer Mayer (1982)
  43. Just Grandma and Me, Mercer Mayer (1975)
  44. Just for You, Mercer Mayer (1975)
  45. Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan (1987)
  46. When the Legends Die, Hal Borland (1984)
  47. Bunnicula, James Howe (1980)
  48. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl; illustrated by Nancy Burkert (1988)
  49. The Berenstain Bears Go to School, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1978)
  50. The Night Before Christmas, Clement Hurd; illustrated by Douglas Gorsline (1975) (Come on, who hasn't?)
  51. These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  52. All By Myself, Mercer Mayer (1983)
  53. Stuart Little, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1974)
  54. The First Four Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  55. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen (1988)
  56. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson (1979)
  57. The Cay, Theodore Taylor (1970)
  58. Kristy's Great Idea (Babysitters Club #1), Ann M. Martin (1986)
  59. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1985)
  60. Then Again, Maybe I Won't, Judy Blume (1973)
  61. I Was So Mad, Mercer Mayer (1983)
  62. The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1984)
  63. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1994)
  64. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1984)
  65. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (1988)
  66. The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1985)
  67. The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1985)
  68. Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George (1974)
  69. The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1981)
  70. The Berenstain Bears and the Truth, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1983)
  71. Gremlins, George Jipe (1984)
  72. Stone Fox, John Gardner; illustrated by Marcia Sewall (1983)
  73. I Just Forgot, Mercer Mayer (1988)
  74. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1976)
  75. How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell (1975)
  76. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary (1980) (What? No Ramona on the list? Where's Henry Huggins?)
  77. When I Get Bigger, Mercer Mayer (1983)
  78. The Berenstain Bears in the Dark, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1982)
  79. 500 Words to Grow On, Harry McNaught (1973)
  80. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor (1984)
  81. Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish; illustrated by Lynn Sweat (1987)
  82. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry (1990)
  83. The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White; illustrated by Edward Frascino (1973)
  84. The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden; illustrated by Garth Williams (1970)
  85. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry (1956)
  86. It's Not What You Expect, Norma Klein (1976)
  87. Matilda, Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake (1990)
  88. The New Baby, Mercer Mayer (1983)
  89. The Chocolate Touch, Patrick Catling (1984)
  90. Corduroy, Don Freeman (1976)
  91. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (1970)
  92. The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1981)
  93. The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1982)
  94. Sounder, William H. Armstrong (1972)
  95. The Return of the Indian, Lynne Reid Banks (1987)
  96. The Kitten Book, Jan Pfloog (1968)
  97. Dinosaurs, Peter Zallinger (1977)
  98. Wee Sing Children's Songs and Fingerplays (1977)
  99. The Truck Book, Harry McNaught (1978)
  100. Barney's Hats (1993)
  101. The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare (1984)
  102. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, Judy Blume (1978)
  103. The Berenstain Bears: No Girls Allowed, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1986)
  104. Farm Animals, Phoebe Dunn (1984)
  105. Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You, Richard Scarry (1973)
  106. Rascal, Sterling North (1964)
  107. Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (Babysitters Club #2), Ann M. Martin (1986)
  108. Just Me and My Mom, Mercer Mayer (1990)
  109. Me Too!, Mercer Mayer (1983)
  110. A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L'Engle (1974)
  111. Iggie's House, Judy Blume (1976)
  112. Meet Samantha, Susan Adler; illustrated by Dan Andreasen (1986)
  113. Poems & Prayers for the Very Young, Martha Alexander (1973)
  114. The Farm Book, Jan Pfloog (1964)
  115. The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1981)
  116. Just Me and My Puppy, Mercer Mayer (1985)
  117. Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1), R. L. Stine (1992)
  118. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier (1986)
  119. Chocolate Fever, Robert K. Smith (1978)
  120. Say Cheese and Die (Goosebumps #4), R. L. Stine (1992)
  121. Meet Addy, Connie Porter; illustrated by Dahl Taylor and Melodye Rosales (1993)
  122. Frog and Toad Are Friends, Arnold Lobel (1979)
  123. The Alphabet Book, P. D. Eastman (1974)
  124. The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1988)
  125. Rumble Fish, S. E. Hinton (1976)
  126. The Little Duck, Judy Dunn; photos by Phoebe Dunn (1976)
  127. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L'Engle (1979)
  128. The Secret of the Indian, Lynne Reid Banks (1990)
  129. Curious George, H. A. and Margret Rey (1973)
  130. The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams (1979)
  131. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish (1996)
  132. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1986)
  133. The Zoo Book, Jan Pfloog (1967)
  134. 101 Dalmatians, Dodie Smith (1976)
  135. The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1987)
  136. The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma's, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1986)
  137. In & Out, Up & Down, Michael Smollin (1982)
  138. Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish; illustrated by Fritz Siebel (1983)
  139. The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1987)
  140. The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1982)
  141. Amelia Bedelia and the Baby, Peggy Parish; illustrated by Lynn Sweat (1982)
  142. Just Shopping with Mom, Mercer Mayer (1989)
  143. Richard Scarry's Find Your ABC's, Richard Scarry (1973)
  144. Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, (1974)
  145. The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd (1977)
  146. Sunshine, Norma Klein (1976)
  147. Deenie, Judy Blume (1974)
  148. The Berenstain Bears and Moving Day, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1981) (Uh - do you get the impression that the Berenstain Bears are perennial favourites? 'Cause I do.)
  149. Meet Kirsten, Janet Shaw; illustrated by Renee Graef (1986)
  150. Clifford the Big Red Dog, Norman Bridwell (1985)

Obviously, I have read a little too much Dr. Seuss for my own good.

There are a multiplicity of worthy children's books not on the list, that deserve mention:

  • The classics, those books that have been read and enjoyed for decades, if not centuries: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Heidi, Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, and so forth. I would guess that their public-domain status means that since no one publisher has a monopoly on them, the multiplicity of editions dilutes the statistics.
  • Henry Reed, Inc., by Keith Robertson, and its sequels. Henry is the son of a travelling diplomat who spends his summer holidays with family friends Stateside. The books are his journals of the ensuing mayhem.
  • The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree, by Louis Slobodkin, and its sequels. While on summer vacation, at his grandmother's, kid meets alien kid who crashed his flying saucer in the yard. Inevitably, weird stuff happens. Criminally, these books are out of print.
  • This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! and the collected works of Gordon Korman. Every kid my age practically lost his lunch laughing at the misadventures of Bruno and Boots and Korman's other characters. (It's been 25 years since I first read I Want to Go Home!, and I still call camp counselors "clones.")

These are the fond memories of my childhood. I'm sure you could think of other deserving titles: feel free!

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