Childhood Favorites: Thirteen Children’s Books from 1992

I walked into this week’s Top Ten Tuesday with a clear plan to follow this week’s theme: showcase ten books written before I was born. Simple enough. But I thought that was a little broad, so I scaled things back to only children’s books written before 1992. Easy, right? Well, an hour and approximately sixty books later, I realized there was no way I was going to pare down that list down to something manageable. Apparently, I love a lot of children’s books.

So instead, today I’m focusing only on children’s book published in 1992. While it still took some whittling down, I managed to limit myself to only ten … plus three. Thirteen. Close enough.

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky
by Faith Ringgold

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
by Patricia C. McKissack
illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Dinosaurs Before Dark
Magic Tree House #1
by Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca

Ghosts Don’t Eat Potato Chips
The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids #5
by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
illustrated by John Steven Gurney

Goblins in the Castle
by Bruce Coville
illustrated by Katherine Coville

June 29, 1999
by David Wiesner

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Junie B. Jones #1
by Barbara Park
illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant

Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco

Old Black Fly
by Jim Aylesworth
illustrated by Stephen Gammell

Owl Babies
by Martin Waddell
illustrated by Patrick Benson

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
by Jon Scieszka
illustrated by Lane Smith

The Widow’s Broom
by Chris Van Allsburg

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

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  1. I had the same problem this week, so I cut it down to books published the year I was born. Also, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is the best! My nieces and nephew loved it!

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  2. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales!! My sister owned that one, but I probably had it more than she did (and eventually ended up keeping her copy). I had it memorized as a kid, and still know a good amount of it now! I also grew up reading Junie B. Jones and Bailey School Kids, but Magic Tree House is a huge favorite of mine.

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  3. I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one to find today’s prompt a little too broad. I just went with books on my TBR published on the year of my birth. I have never seen any of those kids books before but kids books seem to be more location specific than adult ones (I live in the UK).
    Here’s My Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. That’s almost how I approached this, too! And that’s such an interesting point. Back in grad school, I did a lot of research on children’s literature and I was always surprised at how many books never made it outside of where they originated. So many great books that should have had broader audiences!


  4. You are just a baby Christopher. These are all books I read to my own children when they were little. We loved anything by Bruce Coville, but Goblins in the Castle was a favourite. Awesome list.

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      1. I loved doing voices when I was reading that one. I probably have ten or more books of his in my kid’s library. I can’t wait until my grandson is old enough to read them.

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  5. In terms of just children’s books published before 1992, you should check out Miss Suzy by Miriam Young. It’s my all-time favorite kid’s picture book. My grandma read it to me every night when we visited her, it’s the first book I had memorized (thinking I was “reading”), and I made sure I got pages from it into my bouquet when I made all the paper flowers for my wedding!

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      1. It’s more easily found now, because they released a 50th anniversary edition several years ago! For my grandma’s birthday last year, we actually replaced her (literally in pieces) copy with the 50th Anniversary Edition!

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  6. The Stinky Cheese Man! Hands down one of the best children’s books of all time. And I adored June 29th, 1999. I also loved Bruce Coville- though I was all about Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.

    This reminded me of TTT I did awhile back, so I’m gonna throw a link up for it, because now I’m curious if you’ve read any of MY childhood favorites!

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  7. You can’t go wrong with Bailey School Kids or Magic Treehouse. The Stinky Cheese Man… is a fun read with wonderful illustrations. I’m surprised you were able to whittle down your finalists. Restricting it to one year really helped!

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    1. After my list become unwieldy, I thought for sure limiting it to a single year would make it easier, but nope! Still couldn’t quite hit ten, and even that was a struggle. It was genuinely surprising to discover how many children’s books I love were first published that year … But really, let’s be honest, when it comes to books, every year is filled with tons of great ones.

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  8. Ghosts don’t eat potato chips? You’re telling me only now? Really, what do they eat?! Haha. But seriously a treat of 13 instead of the usual 10 is always fun. I liked the idea of Widow’s Broom the best, must go check out the book blurb. Happy TTT

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  9. It reminds me of an old theater in Buenos Aires that was converted into a fantastic bookstore. The domed area that is shown in your picture was above a space transformed into a combination restaurant and performing space.

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