80s and 90s Young Adult books

I started to think about books that I read when I was little. I am 37 years old. I was raised in the 80s and 90s. I read so many books back then. Young adult books were not what they are today. In my world, you read, got points for Book It, and got Pizza Hut pizza! My principal would have us all meet a certain goal then we could dunk him in a dunk tank! These a lot of the books that I read back then! I miss those days of me on my bunk bed reading one of these books! I would share the book with my twin sister. Life was sure easier back then! My love of reading started then, and I hold these books responsible for my reading habit today!

Judy Bloom- Just As Long as We’re Together and Tiger Eyes and Superfudge

The Babysitter’s Club books by Ann M. Martin (I actually was part of the club. I always got 3 books in the mail along with pins, stickers, etc.)

Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Goosebump books by R.L. Stine

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Wayside School books by Louis Sachar

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caoline B. Cooney

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Saddle Club books by Bonnie Bryant

Thoroughbred books by Joanna Campbell

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Holes by Louis Sachar

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Sarah, Plain, and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

A wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson

Smokey the Cow Horse by Will James

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

Diary of Anne Frank

Harry Potter books (I did not read until I was in my 30s but they came out around this time!)

Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic

The Witches by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Are You There God? It’s Me, Maragaret by Judy Bloom

American Girl Books by Valerie Tripp

The Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Fear Street Books by R.L. Stein (OMG I loved these books)

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Nancy Drew books by Caroline B. Cooney

Girl Talk books by L.E. Blair

They always had books with movie or TV tie ins too. I had a lot of “Hey Dude,” “Home Alone,” and other movie tie in books.

Drop a comment below if you had any books growing up that you loved!

Happy reading, book nerds!

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