Flashback: 15 Old-School Books You Should Read Again

It should be no secret that we’re huge readers over here at Gurl.com. Personally, as a kid, I spent hours and hours reading. Growing up, my reading material was all classic ’90s (obviously): The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps. Just hearing the names of those books makes me smile, and I’m sure they make you smile too. Even if you didn’t actually read them, I’m sure you saw the various TV shows and movies that came from some of them.

So we’ve rounded up some of the most popular books that we read in the ’90s (including some older favorites!) for your reading pleasure. One look at them, and I’m pretty sure you’ll want to read them all over again! Check ’em out and let us know: which of these was your favorite?


The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
90s books
In my (very biased) opinion, The Babysitter’s Club might have been the best book series to come out of the ’90s. I mean, come on. Not only was basically every type of girl represented, but their lives were so relatable! And it spawned a thousand real-life babysitters clubs (including my own, which never flourished as well as I hoped). BSC was the best.


Ramona by Beverly Clearly

All of Beverly Cleary’s books are amazing, but Ramona stands out.Β  That sassy little girl was just so much fun to read about! These books might be geared towards girls a lot younger than me, but I would still probably read them even today – their classics!


The Bailey School Kids by Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey

These were kind of the coolest mystery books ever. Way before we were obsessed with vampires and all sorts of mythical creatures, we had The Baily School Kids. Each book gave you a different seemingly innocent character who was actually a vampire or Frankenstein, or something else crazy like that. How cool?!


Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

Truth: reading a Goosebumps books sometimes scared me so much, I had serious nightmares and couldn’t sleep. Now that that embarrassing confession is out of the way, let’s just say that Goosebumps was amazing. There’s really no arguing that.


Friendship Bracelets by Klutz

Okay, I’m kind of cheating, because this isn’t actually a novel, but this Friendship Bracelets book was so super popular back in the ’90s that I had to include it. Friendship bracelets are having a huge moment right now, and back then, making your own was the cool thing to do, and everyone had stacks of them on the wrists. And this handy book showed you how to make them! Embroidery floss FTW!


Anything By Roald Dahl

Matilda, The BFG, The Witches, Fantastic Mr. Fox… the list could go on and on and on. A lot of Roald Dahl’s books may have been published before the ’90s, but they were still super popular during the ’90s. I mean, they’re still super popular now! They’re classic books and no matter what age group they were written for, they will always have a special place in my heart… and I’m sure yours also.


The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Okay, yes, The Berenstain Bears is a children’s book… but how could this list be complete without them?! This was such an amazing series, and I know I’m not the only one who had stacks upon stacks of them all over my room.


Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

The Amelia Bedelia series is pretty endless, since it’s still being written now (although not by the original author). Another classic kid’s book, Amelia Bedelia always ended in some delicious baked goods. Who wouldn’t love that?


Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate

Personally, I was never really into science fiction – but I made an exception for Animorphs. Kids who could morph into any animal they touched? I mean, come on, that’s really freakin’ cool.


Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume

Judy Blume obviously has a TON of books to choose from (and she’s still writing new ones!), but this is a favorite published in 1993. Her books have always been so relatable!


Chicken Soup for The Soul series

Aw, remember all of the Chicken Soup books? There were so many! Everyone went through a period where they read these.


The Friendship Ring series by Rachel Vail

I almost forgot about this series until I saw this picture. OMG, I loved these. Not only were the stories addicting, but these books were tiny enough to fit in any purse, backpack, whatever.


I Spy

I Spy books were so much fun… kids could be entertained for hours looking at them. Luckily, there were tons of them, so they never got boring.


Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

After reading Amelia’s Notebook, was anyone else inspired to create their own super-amazing diary, full of gorgeous hand-drawn pictures and tons of fun little add-ins? No? Just me? Well, read it again, then – I think you’ll change your mind.


The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

Okay, so maybe I lied before… Sweet Valley High might be one of the best series to come out of the ’90s. Jessica and Elizabeth were only the coolest twins ever, no matter what kind of trouble they were getting themselves into. I (obviously) liked Jessica better, but everyone had a favorite. These were so juicy! I wish they would make an updated TV series about them now.
Which of these was your favorite? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!


Next, check out these old-school love songs from boy bands of the ’90s

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  • Victoria

    What about the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner?
    Fear Street by R.L. Stine?

  • Denise

    I loved the nancy drew series!!!

  • Lydia

    I love this list! BSC was my ultimate favorite, but I had forgotten about some of these- LOVED Amelia’s Notebook!

  • Leilabeth

    what about that A-Z mystery series? or i remember some dog park series? obedience school?

  • Jazmineshay

    They Missed the AMBER BROWN Series by Paula Danziger, I use to love those books

    • Emily

      I used to LOVE those books too! The fiend next door πŸ˜€

  • Hayley

    For the Ameilas notebook, they actually came out with like a notebook for you to fill up yourself! I still have mine. It taught you how to draw animals and such! πŸ™‚

    • kiana

      omg i still have mine also and some of her other notebooks

  • Jazzy

    What happened to Junie B. Jones? I loved her! She was my favorite fictional girl ever! I would also add Dr. Suess books but im pretty sure we all still read those πŸ™‚

    • kiana

      yes i loved her too she was so funny

  • Rachel

    Ramona, Goosebumps, and Animorphs (plus Left Behind kids series) were my childhood reading! πŸ˜€ I read every one I could get my hands on (though I don’t think my library had the last Animorphs books, been too long to recall)

  • Alice W.

    Haha, I pretty much scrolled through this to see if Animorphs made the list. That was pretty much spells the 90’s to me, right there (I was all over that series, I even made my own character loosely based off it >.>)

    I think another good series of books that should have been included is The Boxcar Children. I don’t think the first book was originally intended as a series, but it was still a great series I was into from the 90’s.

    Overall, this was a really awesome list. I read the majority of these books at one point, and they are all pretty good =)

  • Blui

    The Magic Treehouse!!!

  • Alyssa

    What about The Magic School Bus books, and Junie B. Jones?

  • laura

    I’ve owned every book <3 ahaha lml

  • DarcieDML

    I read almost ALL of these books! I loved them!
    But I do agree that some good ones are missing. Like the ones listed above. (If they’re from the 90s? Idk) πŸ™‚

  • Ashley

    The Saddle Club!

  • Lexi

    How are the Junie B. Jones and the Magic Tree House series not on here?!?! They were my FAVORITE in elementary school!

    • jen

      exactly what i though!

    • Samantha

      I’m planning on re-reading Junie B. Jones before going off to college. Like a boss.

    • Mike

      Yea where is Junie B. Jones??

  • Mary

    What about the Boxcar Children series? That was my favorite series growing up.

  • Cindy

    I have the book The Witches! My aunt gave it to me. It is very interesting and not the same as with all the books of now that have to be with love and romantic stuff. I also read the other day from the school library (Incredible that those books could be there) Chicken Soup for The Soul series 1 and 2. Some stories of it are funny or sad. But all of them are incredible to hear about and also learn from them! Now this gives me more nostalgia, since here in my country there are no Borders stores left and it’s very difficult to find a library πŸ™ But I think that will come another Books library but that’s like in July …