Children’s Books Everyone Who Grew Up in the ’90s Will Remember


The ’90s was a fantastic time for children’s literature. The decade produced classics that fostered our love for reading and encouraged the power of our imaginations. Here, we highlight some unforgettable children’s books that truly captured the essence of a ’90s childhood.

1. Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

There wasn’t a ’90s kid who didn’t anxiously await the release of each new Goosebumps book. These thrilling tales of horror introduced us to ventriloquist dummies, haunted masks, and werewolves, making us repeatedly check under our beds before going to sleep.

2. The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

Ms. Frizzle and her magically transforming school bus took us on countless educational adventures from deep inside the human body to outer space. The Magic School Bus Series seamlessly blended science lessons with delightful illustrations, making learning downright fun.

3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Beginning with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997, J.K. Rowling enchanted us with her wizarding world filled with unforgettable characters like Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Severus Snape. The series not only fueled our love for reading but also redefined children’s literature.

4. The Animorphs Series by K.A. Applegate

The ’90s wouldn’t have been complete without the thrilling adventures of Jake, Rachel, Marco, and Cassie as they battled nefarious aliens while harnessing their shapeshifting powers. This outstanding sci-fi series delivered messages about bravery, friendship, and personal growth.

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl

In this beloved classic, Matilda showed us how powerful reading can be – with her extraordinary intelligence and wit allowing her to take down an evil headmistress. Roald Dahl took us on a whimsical journey that taught us about resilience and the importance of having a vivid imagination.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

“The Giver” is a dystopian novel that introduced the concept of a world devoid of pain and emotions while teaching us to appreciate our own humanity. As Jonas discovers the truth behind his carefully controlled society, we delved into thought-provoking subject matter that left a lasting impact.

7. The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Alden siblings remain one of the most relatable and heartwarming sibling groups in children’s literature. Their resourcefulness, empathy, and love for each other were brought to life in stories that had us yearning for our own boxcar adventures.


These books, along with many others, played an integral role in capturing the heart and imagination of children growing up in the ’90s. Each tome offered a sense of wonder, adventure, and learning valuable life lessons. It is no wonder that these classic stories remain timeless favorites for both adults who grew up during this period and new generations of eager readers alike.

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