I’ve been reading the various blog entries on what books children “ought” to read, so i thought i’d add my favourites from childhood too. Lots of them are on The Big Read, lots are on my shelves ready for the girls.
I love this book so much, it’s criminal you don’t hear about it. It’s a fabulous adventure and quest against evil set in an Irish Faerie land. It is wonderful.
This really awoke my love of history and set the scene for me enjoying historically based, human interest novels into adulthood. It is such a passionate story, with so much courage in it – one of those books that probably makes you sob as an adult whenre it excited you are a child too, i suspect.
Another great entry to a genre – The Hobbit inspired me to endless games as a child. i didn’t grow up with an overwhelming desire to speak Elven though, which relieved everyone 😉
I think they are all a must, though my personal faves are The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Last Battle.
I never understand why this doesn’t get listed as one of Roald Dahl’s all time greats; it always seems to be sidelined. I suppose it is very different to his funny books, but it is amazingly warm and wonderful, a touching depiction of a relationship between father and son. I used to think of my grandfather when i read it, who was always inventing things
I think this book was a forerunner of some of the Jaqueline Wilson books, from what i’ve read of hers. It is a story about childhood running out and the inner conflicts in causes, not to mention the conflicts with friends developing at different rates. It is also a story about a child breaking down to some extent due to these pressures and it rang many bells for me as a child. My mum read it after seeing how much i liked it and i think it helped her understand some of what i was going through at the time. Plus it has a Peter Pan sub-theme, which is always good for me 😉
Again, it rang a lot of bells for me; i was very lonely indeed in Junior School and so Sara was my friend. I knew how she felt!
I don’t think i read this as often as the one above it but i do know i loved it. I’m sort of hoping at some point it will inspire us to learn about Victorian England, India and gardening!
I read this over and over again as a child and when i went off to college i bought the other 8, which were just being republished. I thought Anne Shirley was just wonderful and later, she was a future role model for me, along with Joey Bettany. The books of her as an adult are remarkable, covering miscarriage, the death of a child, a variety of locations and the death of adult children away at war, plus the relationships of children in a many sibling family.
Endless games, endless re-reads… such an adventure. Darn my parents for not letting me sail away for the summer though! And also by the same author, i loved Peter Duck, a Pirate adventure at least as good as Treasure island, if not considerably better, and Great Northern a snowy adventure story. I’ve actually never read any of Arthur Ransomes others, i could never get to grips with them not being about other children, but i probably ought to.
Just magic; time travel, ghosts (or is she?) history, mystery and a bit of a love story. Just magic.
I could add loads more but i’ve seen them elsewhere too so i won’t. I do also love Finn Family Moomintroll but i’ve never read any of the others in the series. And i thought all the “Drina Dances” books were great and i have them all.
Finally, but by no means least, i think the Chalet School Series is superb; not because it is a school story, in fact, that bit is essentially pass-remarkable, but because the social history and travel information included in them is fabulous. I wouldn’t recommend the abridged ones, because most of the great stuff was removed to leave the school stories only but in original form, either the hardbacks or the Girls Gone By republished versions are great. And most of all, the first 20 or so, from 20’s Austria, through Guernsey after running from the Nazi’s to wartime Wales and England. The latter part of the series are a bit silly, she lost her grip on what girls were like and certainly wasn’t describing many 60’s school girls by the end, i wouldn’t imagine! But the early ones, fabulous