Favourite childhood books

List 2: Favourite childhood books

I fell in love with books at a very early age and was one of those quiet children always sat in the corner of the room with her nose in a book. I think the books you love as a child really stay with you for the rest of your life, so I decided to share my favourites…

List Number Two – Twenty of my favourite books and series from my childhood

  1. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
  2. The Great Piratical Rumbustification and The Librarian and the Robbers by Margaret Mahy
  3. The Milly-Molly-Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley
  4. The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers by John Yeoman
  5. Cops and Robbers by Allan Ahlberg
  6. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
  7. The Father Christmas series by Raymond Briggs
  8. The Hermit and the Bear by John Yeoman
  9. Autumn Story by Jill Barklem
  10. The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter
  11. The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
  12. The Little Grey Rabbit series by Alison Uttley
  13. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  14. The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
  15. After the Goat Man by Betsy Byars
  16. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  17. Dolphin Island by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
  19. The Animals of Farthing Wood series by Colin Dann
  20. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

As an adult I continue to read children’s and young adult fiction. Sometimes I feels so jealous of children today who get to discover these books for the first time and who are able to experience the vast swathe of fantastic contemporary children’s fiction as children. For example, I would have loved to have read Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Malorie Blackman, Cornelia Funke and Philip Reeve as a child; they would have blown my mind!

I’d love to hear which books you loved growing up.


6 thoughts on “List 2: Favourite childhood books”

  1. Like you I have continued my reading of children’s literature into adulthood. As a child I loved Moonfleet, Tom Sawyer and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

  2. Oooh, The Chronicles of Narnia almost made my list, but failed because in hindsight I’m not sure I agree with indoctrinating children with religious messages through fiction. I did love reading them at the time though!

  3. I loved Enid Blyton – She was my mum’s favourite growing up too, so the house was always full of her books. ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ was my absolute favourite! Roald Dahl was another author I couldn’t get enough of. I remember being genuinely quite frightened by ‘The Witches’!

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