Which Children's Novels Do You Re-Read?

As I consider Betsy Bird's posts of the top 100 children's books, I'm realizing that I categorize a novel as a favorite once I've read it at least five times with delight.

I tend to recycle my favorites during particular times of the year. Here are some examples that seem to fit with the seasons:


Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace


Miracles on Maple Hill
by Virginia Sorensen
Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett


Thimble Summer
by Elizabeth Enright
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery


Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Which novels do you re-read?


Read the Harry Potter books in 4 weeks last year before watching the "Half-Blood Prince" movie.
After the richness of the books, don't know if I can keepwathing the movies, altho they are okay for what they are.
Book Club Girl said…
Heaven to Betsy at the start of every fall because it's the start of her freshman year of high school! (this is in addition to my constant rereading of the entire Betsy Tacy series, natch).
Anonymous said…
I reread the Betsy-Tacy series starting in the fall, because fall always means new beginnings to me. I have read Heidi at least once every five years since I was little, after I got my fill of rereading it in the beginning. It still makes me cry : )
Mitali Perkins said…
Absolutely BETSY-TACY. And HEIDI is a great summer read, too. I read a bit of it recently at a church meeting with a reflection on the principle of transformation.
Darsa Morrow said…
I am a chronic rereader. I even reread bad teen romances, just for the sense of nostalgia.

The major ones, though:

The library in my dad's town, where I spent every vacation growing up, had most of the Betsy-Tacy series. So, since used to traditionally reread the series during each visit, I tend to pick up one or all of the series now during summer vacation, winter break, spring vacation... Or, really, any time is good : ).

I also reread MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH, THE WESTING GAME and WATERSHIP DOWN at least once every couple of years.
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jennbailey said…
I re-read the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett, and Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. I know The Hunger Games trilogy will be added to the list (can't yet because 3rd isn't out)because I've read the 1st 2 twice already. And I re-read Huckleberry Finn and Mrs. Frisby.
nansie said…
Other than the Little House and Betsy-Tacy books, it would be Miss Jellytot's Visit (Mabel Leigh Hunt).
Sarah Louise said…
oh, I am *SUCH* a re-reader.

Dicey's Song, Jackaroo, On Fortune's Wheel, Solitary Blue are the top Cynthia Voigt re-reads.

Camilla is top Madeleine L'E reread.

Jacob Have I Loved (esp. audio is top Katherine Paterson re-read)(Potential purchase)

Hoot (Carl Hiassan) on audio. (I might have to purchase it)

Thursday's Child by Noel Streatfield. Skating Shoes, which is hard to find, as it is out of print.

Mandy by Julie (Andrews) Edwards was my top re-read as a child. Mine was the only name on the card inside the book, about 11 times. I now own it, of course.

I think the key to a re-read is someone that is having a hard time but is dealing with it with heart and humor. A fairy tale ending always helps. (But I love Sara Louise in Jacob Have I Loved for being so darn grumpy...so every rule has its exception.)


(yes, my blog name is derived from Sara Louise Bradshaw, of Jacob Have I Loved.)
All the Betsy-Tacy books, Chronicles of Narnia,
Susie and the Ballet Family, Farmer Boy.
Susie said…
Betsy-Tacy high school books
Parrish-Jordan series by Janet Lambert

and by Rumer Godden:
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Little Plum
The Diddakoi
The Kitchen Madonna
The Story of Holly and Ivy
Joanna said…
As the Waltz was Ending by Emma Macalik Butterworth. Not really a novel, since it's the author's real experience, but I first read it in 8th grade English class. Too bad it's out of print now, but well worth hunting down a copy.

Also The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
Aunt Rebecca said…
As a child I read the following books several times each:
Maida's Little Shop by Inez Haynes Irwin, and its sequels Maida's Little House and Maida's Little School. Others in the series are not as good.
Little Women, Rose in Bloom and Eight Cousins
Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Emily of Deep Valley both by Maud Hart Lovelace
Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Anonymous said…
Favorite kids' books from my childhood that I still reread:

The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes

Paleface Redskins by Jacqueline Jackson

Miss Jellytot's Visit by Mabel Leigh Hunt

Daddy Long-Legs

Most of the Betsy Tacy books, esp. Heaven to Betsy, Betsy and the Great World, plus Emily of Deep Valley

Plus quite a few picture books, and I do want to mention, in particular, MB Goffstein's books.
I reread a lot of children's books, but probably not every year, with the possible exception of Emily of Deep Valley and Betsy's Wedding...I am not sure how often I reread Anne of Green Gables which I think I once had memorized! And Little Women and Eight Cousins. I reread The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books nearly every year. I often read The Kitchen Madonna around Christmas. I love the Little House books and most of L.M. Montgomery's books too.

You know, it's hardly possible to pick one, even though I don't get through all my favorites every year.
Susan said…
What a great question! When I was a kid, I re-read many times: the Little House books, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, King of the Dollhouse, A Wrinkle in Time, & Black Beauty. I still revisit these, but now I also enjoy re-reading anything by Andrew Clements, Brian Jacques and Kenneth Oppel (especially Darkwing).

Jen D-K said…
Fun question! The Betsy-Tacy series, for sure, also the Joan Foster series by Alice Ross Colver (not well-known but quite wonderful), the Ginnie books by Catherine Woolley, and "One of Fred's Girls" by Elisabeth Hamilton Friermood.
Sarah Rettger said…
I'm a huge rereader. I really don't get mindset of all the non-rereaders who commented on Mark Athitakis' recent post. There's definitely a comfort-food aspect to it.

Some of my kidlit rereads are Madeleine L'Engle's books, especially And Both Were Young (which is getting rereleased with a great new cover) and A Ring of Endless Light; Tessa Duder's Alex Archer books; Ann Rinaldi's ; Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart books.
Kristi Bernard said…
I read and review a lot of childrens books. I only reread stories that my nephew suggests with him.
Astha A. said…
Harry Potter. I've had a major addiction to Harry Potter books, ever since I got my hands on them!
Anonymous said…
The Beany Malone series by Lenora Mattingly Weber and Tobey and Midge Heydon series by Rosamond du Jardin! I have literally read them dozens of times. As mentioned above, I also love the Joan Foster series by Alice Ross Colver and Penny Parrish books by Janet Lambert.