Do y’all remember the BookIt! program at Pizza Hut?

loved that program when I was a kid! I was always a voracious little reader and with the BookIt! program you were awarded stars whenever you finished a book on their reading list. Then, when you earned a set number of stars (I think it was 6?) you could go to Pizza Hut and get a free personal pizza. I read enough books when I was a kid I could have gone to Pizza Hut for a free pizza every week (and I often pleaded with my parents to take me). It shouldn’t be a surprise though, what kid doesn’t love free pizza? Actually, what kid doesn’t love pizza? At 7 I’m not sure I really understood the concept of paid pizza vs free pizza. Regardless, it was an awesome program and I’m sure I ate my weight in pizza more than once. I remember a few times I tried to read a book more than once and get credit for it every time.

It didn’t work, but I tried.

There were just some books that I really, really loved, you know? In fact, there are some books from my childhood I could sit down right now and read all over again just because I loved them that much. Today I’m sharing 12 of them (and when I say childhood I basically mean 4 – 12 because I can’t remember exactly when I read each book).

1. The Poky Little Puppy (If you didn’t read Little Golden Books, you didn’t have a book-filled childhood)

2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (I haven’t looked at Bologna the same way since…)

3. Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing

4. Superfudge (For #3 and #4 can we just say that anything by Judy Blume was fantastic?)

5. Little House on the Prairie (I am betting that almost everyone reading this post loved those books too)

6. Clifford the Big Red Dog (I didn’t even like dogs at the time but I still loved Clifford)

7. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (because Beverly Clearly was basically Judy Blume Part 2)

8. Where the Sidewalk Ends (or A Light in the Attic, both awesome and pretty interchangeable)

9. The BFG (Who would have ever thought it stood for Big Friendly Giant? Ah, the power of misunderstandings)

10. Shiloh (Omg…this poor sweet dog!)

11. Island of the Blue Dolphins (Growing up by the beach I play-acted this story all the time)

12. Goosebumps! (It didn’t matter which one, they were all spooky but Night of the Living Dummy gave me nightmares)

The Poky Little Puppy and 11 other books from my childhood that I still love.

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