When Charlotte inspected the school room, she was all too happy to find these gems:
These were books that I remembered reading when I was a kid. I find that those are the best to recommend for your own children. The Ghosts of Departure Point was one that Deanna had that I always longingly eyeballed, so I easily remembered this one. Then my memory got a little foggy until I discovered this radical website. They list a ton of 80s chapter books. Most of them were a part of a series. I distinctly remember The Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High books, but they even had Bad News Ballet which was the one on the tip of my brain that I couldn't quite remember. Needless to say, I was stoked!
And here are some that I happened upon at a flea market. Remember those covers--so iconic!
Though I did fall in love with Magic Treehouse books and anything Mary Downing Hahn. They weren't around back in the 80s, but still Totally Awesome.
I also always loved Choose Your Own Adventure Books growing up. This was the copy we retained in the Harris library.
You see, that cool androgynous character on the front is you! As you read through the book, you (the reader) are faced with certain decisions that change the outcome of the story, so there are all kinds of endings in one book.
Lastly, I have to say one of my all time favorites, even now, is The Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa. This one is not a chapter book, but a collection of clever short stories, each one with a twist.
Needless to say my Amazon wishlist is filling up quickly!
I signed us up a little while back for the Pizza Hut Book It Program.
Remember these? I think schools are geared more toward AR now, but if you are a Homeschool, you can still sign up for the Book It Program through September. I look forward to snuggling up with Charlotte and taking a few trips down memory lane this year and getting some pizza while we're at it!