A world of Children's books #WorldBookDay2018

'Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy.' - J.K. Rowling

I love to read. Simple's.

When I think back to the children's book's I read when I was younger, I look back with nothing but fond memories.
I would happily skulk off to my room or curl up in the chair and get lost in a book. I could read for hours at a time, very much like my daughter does now.
If I wasn't reading books then I was playing libraries. I remember one time, me and my childhood friend labelled up all of our children's book collection with library tickets, sticking a little paper pocket inside the front page with a ticket that you could remove and leave with the librarian, just like our local library did. We spent hours playing 'Libraries' over the years.

Where does my love of books come from?

I know that reading is not enjoyable for everyone. Some struggle for various reasons, with reading being only a necessity of a school education but for me it is something I thoroughly enjoy, it's my escapism, my little bit of tranquillity - when the kids allow!

I believe too that my love for books was passed onto me through my Mother. She's also an avid reader. Like a family heirloom, she passed on her childhood favourites such as Enid Blyton, Pollyanna - by Eleanor H. Porter, Heidi - by Johanna Spyri, and Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley. I'm particularly fond of the My Naughty little sister series of books by Dorothy Edwards. As my Mother did me, I have passed on my love for these books to my own daughter where I continue to enjoy them once again through reading them with her.

Before writing this post I asked a few family and friends of varying ages to see what their favourite children's books were. Here's a list of what they came up with.

  • Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
  • Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri
  • The Famous Five - Enid Blyton
  • The Magic Faraway tree - Enid Blyton
  • Just so stories - Rudyard Kipling
  • Animals of Farthing Wood - Colin Dann
  • Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown
  • Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
  • Animorphs series - K.A. Applegate & Michael Grant
  • Artemis Fowl series - Eoin Colfer
  • Noddy - Enid Blyton
  • Tracey Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
  • The Princess Diaries - Meg Abbott
  • Angus, Thongs and full frontal snogging series - Louise Rennison
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Topsy and Tim - Jean and Gareth Adamson
  • The Jolly Postman - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Alfie and Annie-Rose stories - Shirley Hughes
  • Mog - Judith Kerr
  • George's Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl
  • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  • Charlottes Webb - E.B. White
  • The Little Prince - Antoine d Saint-Exupery
  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian
  • Carries War - Nina Bawden
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  • Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • The Wishing Chair - Enid Blyton
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
  • Malory Towers - Enid Blyton
  • St Claires series - Enid Blyton and Pamela Cox
  • Sweet Valley High - Francine Pascal
  • Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend
  • Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

My list could go on an on and on. I notice as I work down the list that a definite favourite for a lot of people, including myself is Enid Blyton with Roald Dahl making quite an impact too. I love the fact that classic books are ageless and can still be enjoyed by children today and also by future children. (Even if it is on an electronic device!).

I asked my own children ages 6 & 10 what they like to read. A few of their favourites from when they were little were these:-

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Funny Bones - Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Stickman - Julia Donaldson
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister
Dogger - Shirley Hughes
Hairy Maclary - Lynley Dodd
Not Now, Bernard - David Mckee
Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Whatever Next - Jill Murphy
We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

My daughter who is now ten is engulfed in the throes of the Harry Potter books. She can't put them down. I remember the feeling well, though I had to wait months, sometimes years for the next book to be released. She also enjoy's the Tom gates books by L. Pichon and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Another strong contender being Jacqueline Wilson.

There really is a whole world of Children's Books just waiting to be discovered. I encourage you to look further than the classics and discover something really fabulous. As the saying goes 'Never judge a book by its cover.' You may be pleasantly surprised by what you read.

Happy World Book Day 2018

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  1. It goes without saying I love books,the feel of a book still thrills me more than a kindle - happy reading 🤗📖🤗

  2. It goes without saying then that I love reading, the feel of a book still thrills me more than a kindle - Happy Reading 🤗📖🤗

  3. It goes without saying then that I love reading, the feel of a book still thrills me more than a kindle - Happy Reading 🤗📖🤗

  4. A great selection of books here - I would love to get stuck into so many of these! x

  5. I love reading a good book and so does my daughter who is 3. She will sit and 'read' them to herself quite often. Thank you for reminding me about Hairy Mclary, I loved that book as I kid! Will have to buy a copy now... #FabFridayPost

  6. My children are only very young, but I'm already dreaming of reading Harry Potter with them! Thanks so much for sharing with #BLogstravaganza xx

    1. I've been waiting ages to read Harry Potter with my daughter too, so relieved that she loved it as much as I do :-)

  7. Super list of books here. I'd forgotten all about Carrie's War, great book and a favourite from my childhood. Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza :)

  8. I've just finished reading 'The Secret Garden' to my 7 year old. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. I always love a good book list. I'll have to add some on yours to my wish list! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with us #FabFridayPost

    1. Aaaw I love the secret garden, a true children's classic. Thanks for reading x

  9. I love how great children's books keep getting passed on to new generations. #blogstravaganza

    1. Me too, there's some books that my daughter reads that my granny read to me! I think it's lovely x

  10. My daughter has just recently come into her love of reading. She has a minor learning disability as far as sound out words and phenomes, but she's slowly overcoming it. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing my daughters enjoying reading - I am a very avid reader (though now with less time to do it!)

    1. I love to see kids read too. Thanks for reading my blog x

  11. What a great list of books! I miss reading to my kids, but they are both still avid readers and it's fun to share what we're reading #TriumphantTales

  12. I think it is so important to try to instill a love of reading in children! There are some great books on your lists. :) #fabfridaypost

  13. Ooooh reading down that list was like a trip down memory lane - smile and after smile! I have just introduced my daughter (7) to The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. She has absolutely loved reading it and, with 2 chapters to go, chatters about it a lot! Now I know that she is able to cope with the language in these books (and lack of pictures), I can't wait to introduce her to some of my other childhood favourites - The Magic Faraway Tree, Famous Five, Mary Poppins, Treasures in the Snow. And I'm definitely saving your list here for some other inspiration! #blogcrush

  14. Some old favourites of mine on the 'adults' list there... Famous Five, Petit Prince, The Secret Garden! And anything by Michelle Magorian 💕x

  15. I love reading (and writing fiction too) and remember always having my head in a book when I was younger. I also remember the local librarians disappointment when I discovered the Sweet Valley High books. Oh, I loved them #blogcrush

  16. Indie Shopaholic9 March 2018 at 12:25

    Great list of books! Me and my girls love a good bookshop (independent of course). I will take your list with us next time we go! #blogcrush

  17. What a lovely collection of children's books. I believe that children should be encouraged to read as the ability to read open up the doors to so many other things in life. Great post.#blogcrush

  18. We are absolute book lovers too (as you can tell by my blog)! That's a great list– some are new to me, and I'll definitely be checking them out. And I love hearing what your kids' favorites are! If they are like my kids, the favorites shift rapidly with current moods/interests/exposure. But whatever the favorites are, I love knowing that they have a special spot in their heart for books! #blogcrush

  19. I love to read also and always have done. Little man has a shelf full of books and loves to pull them out and flick the pages. I cannot wait to start teaching him to read and watch his love of books flourish!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  20. What a great collection of chidirens’ books! So important for children to find books that they love. #blogcrush

  21. I also love to read, thanks to my mother. I actually have a photo as me as a baby sitting on her lap while she read a novel. It was a daily occurrence. #DreamTeam

  22. My goodness, this has taken me on a trip down memory lane, I had all the Enid Blyton books and grew up reading the Sullivan Twins and Naughtiest Girl in the School. My favourite book from my children's early years is easily The Bear Snores on.....LOVE that book.

  23. I've always loved reading and we have a reading basket in the living room so we can snuggle and read. #DreamTeam

  24. I could often be found buried in a book too - and staying up way too late just finishing this chapter... then accidentally starting the next! Dave hates reading though. I hope Dee likes it so we can share the love! #BlogCrush