Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors I Read in 2020

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is New to Me Authors I read in 2020.  I’ve been in a major reading slump over the past year that I can’t seem to shake.  However, I have been reading books with my children, and many of those authors were new to me!  Let’s get to the list!

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler-The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn-History and mystery all in one book!


Jeanne Birdsall-The Penderwicks-This was a perfect book to read in the late Summer.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)

Deborah Hopkinson-The Great Trouble-My children and I found this one fascinating.


Elizabeth George Speare-The Sign of the Beaver– Technically I’m cheating by putting this one the list since I read it when I was a kid.  However, it felt like a new experience reading it with my kids.

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George Selden-The Cricket in Times Square-A cute tale of friendship.


Clyde Robert Bulla-Viking Adventure-We’ve read several books by Clyde Robert Bulla, but this is probably my youngest’s favorite of the bunch.  He is fascinated by Vikings!


John Peterson-The Littles-My youngest read this book by himself and it really captured his imagination!


George E. Stanley-The Clue of the Left-Handed Envelope-Another book my youngest read.  He had a great time figuring out the codes and solving the mystery.  He enjoyed it so much, we read the second book in the series too!


I’ve had a great time reading books with my kids this year!  Have you read any of these?  What did you think?


  1. I’ve never heard of The Sign of the Beaver, but it looks like a cute read! It’s definitely a different experience having read something as a child and then re-reading it as an adult, especially re-reading it with your own littles.

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • It is definitely a different experience reading something as a child and then reading it again as an adult!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  2. OH My goodness! I remember the Littles! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  3. I’ve never heard of any of these, but the covers are adorable! Happy TTT 🙂

  4. Nice list! Hopefully your reading slump gets on its way, but it is so understandable

  5. This is a fun list! I hope you’re able to get over your reading slump soon. 🙂

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m glad you enjoyed my list! I hope I get over my slump soon too!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  6. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn looks properly spooky!

    • Poinsettia says

      It was a really good mystery! Both my kids really enjoyed it.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  7. Ooh, I love when TTT folks go old school, and I really love hearing that your kids are encountering some of these greats.

    I read one of those Samurai Detective books early on high school, though I don’t remember it much, but The Sign Of The Beaver was an early childhood favorite and remains an enduring one.

    I remember doing a book report on The Cricket in Times Square…pretty sure I still have it, actually. I barely remember that one either but I loved it at the time. May have read The Littles at some point, but I would have been pretty young so not sure.

    Clyde Robert Bulla, too, is a familiar name but I can’t think which of his I’ve read. Or maybe I just recognize it from Star of Wild Horse Canyon, which I bought at a garage sale ages ago and promptly misplaced before reading. (update: THREE-DOLLAR MULE. Thank you for unintentionally encouraging me to check out his backlist and triggering the memory of this elementary school read I loved but completely forgot i had ever read. I suspect I’ve read more of historical books too)

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my list! 🙂 We’ve been reading several of Clyde Robert Bulla’s books as my youngest has really been enjoying them.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  8. The Penderwicks looks like something I would probably pick up. Glad you enjoyed all these authors in 2020!

    • Poinsettia says

      If you ever decide to read it, you’ll have to let me know what you think!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  9. I read The Littles to my kids too! I think it’s great that you found such amazing books to read with yours 🙂

  10. The Penderwicks looks great! I’m putting that on my book club list of possiblities.

  11. Oh I loved The Circket in Times Square!!! And The PEnderwicks look fabulous.

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes! The Cricket in Times Square was a big hit in my house. If you read The Penderwicks, you’ll have to let me know if you enjoy it.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  12. I loved A Cricket in Times Square when I was a little girl. Anything with cats!

    • Poinsettia says

      I never read it as a kid, but I sure had a lot of fun reading it with my kids!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  13. Oh! This is really interesting! I have not heard of those authors or books before. But I’m glad you discovered and enjoyed their works.

    • Poinsettia says

      Glad you enjoyed my list! TTT is good for discovering new authors. My tbr grows every week!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  14. I don’t think I’d heard of any of these before. The Penderwicks looks like something I might enjoy 🙂

    • Poinsettia says

      If you get a chance to read it, you’ll have to let me know if you like it!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  15. It’s always amazing to see how many different authors there are that we never heard of. So interesting.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      Yes, TTT is good for discovering new books. My tbr grows a lot on Tuesdays!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  16. Oh, love The Littles! And I read The Cricket in Times Square with my kiddos, too. Sometimes kids books are just what we need. <3

  17. Glad to hear you had a great reading year with the kids, despite your reading slump. These all look like fun reads!

  18. Revisiting childhood reads as an adult is such a fun experience!

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