Children’s Book Week: All Time Top Five

Jess McGlynnOctober 11, 2013

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the Children’s Book Week Linky.  I have enjoyed reading the different reviews and have added some to my ‘must buy’ list too which is always great.

As I mentioned at the start of the week, I am going to share my favourite children’s bedtime stories.  These are from my own childhood and not Meg and Eli’s favourites although I may have to do a post on that too at some point!

I love each of these books as they hold a particular memory for me; whether that was my mum taking the time to sit and read it to me ‘just one more time’ or simply because the story stuck in my mind…here they are.  You will probably notice they span a huge age range – I’m not particularly fussy about things like that!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

This has to be by far one of my favourite books.  I can remember I read it so often that by the end it had completely deteriorated.  From Matilda’s clever cunningness to Headmistress Trunchbull’s downright outrageous behaviour for me, growing up, this was my under the covers by the light of a torch book.  I devoured it and I can’t wait until I can read it to Meg.

I recently saw that The Book People have a Roald Dahl set available and I am definitely planning to get my hands on it when I can….I picked Matilda as it was my all-time favourite but to be honest I could have featured most of Roald Dahl’s books here.  The Enormous Crocodile is another one of the greats!

One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

This is a book I remember most for the audio tape (I guess at that time?!?) that came with it.  I can still hear the voices now and it was one of the first books I reached for when starting our Christmas Book collection for Meg and Eli.  It’s such a simple storyline but never fails to warm the heart, especially when poor old mole makes his entrance!

If you haven’t read it and you have young children then I would thoroughly recommend making the investment this festive season, it’s a real gem of a book.

Burglar Bill by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

I didn’t even realise you could still buy this book until I was making this list and I’m so pleased as I think it’s such a great book.  As Roald Dahl is for the pre-teens, I think Janet and Allan Ahlberg have it nailed for the preschoolers.  Although you probably wouldn’t consider the stories very relevant ‘these days’, I still smile to myself when reading them to Meg and Eli and we haven’t had any complaints yet.

Another one of their best is The Jolly Postman.  But I could only pick five and for humour alone Burglar Bill pipped it to the post.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Jumping ahead in years again to another book that I read to the death.  I think these books stick in my mind so much because of the independence I found when reading them.  I have always enjoyed books and when I could finally read by myself I spent most of my time doing just that!  

I have really clear memories of asking my dad to explain words to me and having to sit and reread paragraphs because I didn’t quite understand the meaning the first time around but that just made the book all the more special to me.  It’s a brilliant read and not a bad film either!

It probably also helped that I was desperate to ride horses at the time so would often dream of my parents turning up one day with my own Black Beauty.  I’m not sure I ever got as far as considering where it would live in our terraced house!

For my number 5 choice, I have ummed and ahhed and deliberated over so many books, there was just too much choice from the Goosebumps Books (which I promise I never read Mum and Dad) to the Animal Ark Books by Lucy Daniels, which I owned all of, and then so many more for preschool age such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea…I was stumped for which one should feature.

I decided to go with my gut instinct though and pick another one which was part of my preteen years.

Are you ready?

The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith

Perhaps you will know this from the *ahem* hit TV series produced by the BBC, or maybe you read the book yourself when younger?

I really enjoyed this book and I can remember the storyline getting a lot of flack when it first hit the big time.  I could never understand why.  It’s meant to be fantastical and unbelievable and magical and I really loved it.

We had quite a lot of the Dick King-Smith books in our house growing up but this will always be my personal favourite…I think it was the first TV series I ever became addicted to.  How about that!!

What were your favourite books growing up?  Any that stick out in your mind?

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