While I was in the Library I picked up a card that had the popular books of 1968. I meant to add it to yesterday’s post, about my Library’s 50th birthday, but forgot. You might find it interesting.
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So, Popular Children’s Books of 1968
- Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel (I loved reading to kids when I was a school librarian, later than ’68 though.)
- The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites by Dr. Seuss
- There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer (Wonderful illustrations.)
- The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr (Remember how the tiger drank all the water from the tap?!)
And Popular Adult Books of 1968
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- True Grit by Charles Portis
- By the Prickling of my Thumbs by Agatha Christie
- Outer Dark by Cormack McCarthy (I didn’t realise he was a popular author way back then.)
- Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery (I loved this series; did you?)
Any there that trigger memories for you? Dredging up my memory of being a reading teenager around the late 60’s my list might include:
- The Seventeenth Summer (a gift from an American penpal)
- Brave New World
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- And just in case that makes me seem precocious, I was also right into trashy novels like Airport and Alistair McLean’s books.
What about you? What would be on your teenage book list?