Oh, this is one of my favourite topics.
Mazie, I LOVED Trixie and Donna! I still have all my copies of those books; in fact, I've got one Trixie Belden (The Red Trailer Mystery) that once belonged to my aunt back in the early 50s. Beverly Cleary was great--loved Ellen Tebbits, and her teen novels (Fifteen, The Luckiest Girl, Jean and Johnny) are among my all time favourites. Lois Lenski's books--Strawberry Girl was my favourite. And a book called The Singing Hill by Meindert deJong, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Beautiful story.
Little Women, the Little House books, Anne of Green Gables, the Katie John stories (anyone remember Katie John?), and dozens of 50s-era malt-shop/sock- hop teen novels. I devoured those when I was about eleven or twelve. I went to high school in the early 70s and I remember wishing life was like the 50s. LOL.
My favourite book from my early childhood was called 'The Little House' by Virginia Lee Burton. It was about a small house out in the country that eventually gets surrounded by suburbs and then a big city, and then gets moved back out to the country again. Its illustrations are what makes this book so special.
I could talk about childhood books all day.
"The business of life is the acquisition of memories." --Mr. Carson