Friday, February 5, 2021

A Tale of Two Betsy's - The Books From My Childhood

Good Friday evening, friends, and my apologies for being absent from this space for almost a week! I won't go into a lot of details about the whys, but please know that I have missed posting regularly this week and tonight I am back to discuss one of my FAVORITE topics, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, specifically from my childhood and in some cases my daughter's childhood, as I was late to discover a few of these gems!

I'v decided since there are so-many-books, to write this in a series of posts featuring 2-3 authors and some of their works each time, so if you love children's literature, be looking for more posts coming in the future, but tonight, we're going to begin at the beginning, with my absolute favorite series of all time, and follow it up with another sweet series, both of which happen to feature little girls named Betsy.

1. The Betsy Tacy Series
by Maud Hart Lovelace
This series is hands down my absolute all time favorite! The characters are all well developed, the setting is dreamy, and the storyline of each book is just as sweet as punch! If you long for a need to escape the world and step back to a simpler time, look no further than to Betsy, Tacy and Tib. You can follow their adventures from grade school all the way through to Betsy's wedding day and every story is just as delightful as the next! I discovered this series when my girls were young and it was one of our all time favorites! I've read the entire series twice now and I'm considering embarking on them again! They remind me a lot of the characters and setting of one of my favorite movies, Meet Me in St. Louis!

Here are the links to the books in order:

So as you can see, there are a number of books in this series to keep you busy for quite awhile. When I first discovered them I could not put them down and read the entire series over one summer! If you're not familiar with these lovely stories I highly recommend them!

2. The Betsy Series 
by Carolyn Haywood
This next series is one from my own childhood and features another character named Betsy. I vividly recall finding these books at my elementary school library and falling in love with the characters and stories! However, at that time I only recall reading perhaps the first four books, and it wasn't until I was homeschooling my girls and came across the others that I finished most of them. Sadly, since I haven't been able to find a copy of Snowbound With Betsy or Merry Christmas From Betsy, I've stopped until hopefully one day I will! My OCD self can't entertain the thought of reading them out of order. So here I sit.

- Snowbound With Betsy - this is sadly, this is one of the books in the series I was not able to find on the archives, and the only one in the series I have never read, primarily because I just can't bring myself to pay $70.00 to $500.00 for a book! I've had my eye out for YEARS, but to no avail. I just hope that some day someone loads it to the archives!
Merry Christmas from Betsy - not available from the archives.

So if like this series and you ever come across a copy of either Snowbound With Betsy or Merry Christmas From Betsy, nab them up, and if you find two at a decent price, nab one for me, too and I'll pay you for it! :) 

Both of these authors wrote other books as well, so if you like either of these series, just search on their name in the archives and it will bring up their other works!

What are some of your favorite books or series books from your childhood? I'd love to hear!


Anonymous said...

I love the 2 series that you've mentioned! We own both of the Betsy books that you've been unable to locate. I am more than happy to send them your way. I see that you like reading in order (as do I) so you're welcome to borrow them for as long as you need. Let me know.


Kimberly Lottman said...

Oh my goodness, Pam, what a kind and generous offer! I might take you up on that. I am going to have some tests done on the 19th and possible surgery (minor but still surgery) shortly after. By shortly I also mean on a doctor's timeline, so who REALLY knows????? I think reading those would make for a lovely way to pass the time while I'm healing! ((HUGS)) - Kim

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear of your need for the upcoming surgery, but I think those books will be just what the dr. orders during your recovery time! If you email me your address, I'm happy to get them out to you. Will put in mail next week. As I said, you may keep them as long as you need. Absolutely no rush to get them back to me; they are currently just sitting on a bookshelf.


Kimberly Lottman said...

If you could email me at, I'll send you my address! Thank you SOOOOOO much!

Kimberly Lottman said...

The book arrived today! THANK YOU again, so very much! Still looking for Snowbound With Betsy so I can read them in order. I tried our local library, but to no avail. Everything online is too pricey, including the ebay book by the time you factored in shipping. Sure wish someone would upload those two to the archives! I don't think its a copyright issues as all of the others are there. Still on the search!