Today I am actually going back to uni for the long haul (by long haul I mean two weeks until I come home for the weekend!), so I have really started looking forward to some of my modules coming up this semester. One of my literature modules is ‘Visions of Past and Future in Children’s Literature’ which is the second children’s literature themed module I will have studied at University. So, inspired by these modules, I thought I might make myself all nostalgic and talk a bit about my favourite books I read when I was a child!
Harry Potter – J.K.Rowling
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way shall we? I’m not quite old enough to have read every novel of the Harry Potter series as it was released, but I did read the last few this way and watched all of the films when they came out in the cinema. Harry Potter was just such a massive part of my childhood! I remember me and my sisters used to have Harry Potter notebooks where we used to write down all of the spells and try and learn them, me and my big sister both dressed up as Hermione for a fancy dress competition at a local folk festival, and (I think I’ve already mentioned this on a previous post) one of my firs reading memories is being wedged between my mum and my big sister, each with a different copy of Harry Potter on our laps!
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
When I try and think of my favourite childhood book, I end up back at this one every single time. It’s about an orphan girl who goes to live with her relatives on the Amazon River near Manaus in Brazil. Originally, this book was my big sister’s but I used to borrow it so often, finally she just gave it to me. It was honestly so good and makes me really nostalgic about being little every time I see it. I think this might also have been the start of my liking of nice covers, because this one is so pretty!
Maggie Gumption – Margaret Stuart Barry
Aww…this list is making me miss being small (in age, I am still rather small in the height department!). Maggie Gumption was a really nice little read about a ragdoll called Maggie Gumption who lived in an attic next to another quite prissy doll called Pinky Dars. I loved Maggie Gumption, she was one of my original inspirations: she did what she wanted and didn’t take sh*t from anybody, what else do you need in a childhood heroine!
Matilda – Roald Dahl
Of course Matilda has to be up there! I was a huge fan of Roald Dahl when I was younger: I had pretty much all of his books and I collected the Roald Dahl magazine (did anyone else collect this magazine? It had cards and really cool little trinkets!). Ok, I’m going to be honest, I still have all of his books, and last year I arranged a Roald Dahl themed weekend away for my local GirlGuide Unit! Anyway, back to Matilda! She was a little girl who loved to read and perhaps even more importantly (because I didn’t find it too often in my books), she loved school, so of course she was a childhood favourite!
Cringe! – Caroline Plaisted and Cherry Whytock
Growing up, I was never a fan of those books/tv shows/films where the main characters is like ‘my family is so much weirder than everyone else’s’ (you know the ones!) but Cringe was the only exception to this rule! It’s written as the diary of 12 year old Amaryllis and it was (is) honestly so funny. I can remember just laughing out loud the whole way through this book. It’s got great illustrations too (as if they were drawn by Amaryllis) with annotations and little comments and things. All around, it was a fantastic book I kept going back to again and again!
Milly Molly Mandy books by Joyce Lankester Brisley and My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
These two series of books were slightly different because these were series my Mum read aloud to me and my two sisters. Obviously, then, they make me really nostalgic and happy! We loved the Milly Molly Mandy stories, because they were so quaint and lovely, with Milly Molly Mandy spending time with her friends and family. I think I remember a story where Milly Molly Mandy knitted a tea cosy and another where she and her friends went blackberry picking! There were also really cute illustrations! My Naughty Little Sister was also a favourite, although we found it funny that my big sister was the one of us with the naughty streak so for me, it was more like my naughty big sister!
So there are my favourite childhood books. Did you read any of these books when you were young? What other books did you read as a child?