Malory Towers by Enid Blyton / Heidi by Johanna Spyri / Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
I remember finding these three books on the bargain shelf in the supermarket when I was very little. To have the books you had to make your own donation, so I got each of these for 2p because I was at the age where I thought that was a substantial amount... A few weeks later, I read these and loved them. I hadn't even read the rest of the Malory Towers series but I enjoyed it anyway.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett / The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
The Secret Garden will always be a favourite of mine, and Beatrix Potter is one of those authors who will remain on childrens' bookshelves around the world for years to come.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White / Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
I don't think I read Charlotte's Web by myself. I was so young it was read to me, but I remember adoring it - even the spider. ;) I've re-read Ballet Shoes a million times, and there was a time when I was completely obsessed with it.
The Witch's Christmas by Norman Bridwell / The Terrible Tiger by Jack Prelutsky / The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
I love these because they were passed down to me, so not only are there my baby scribbles in there (yes, I drew in books...) but my mother's too.
What Colour is Love? by Joan Walsh Anglund / Anywhere You Wander by Dean Walley
These aren't really story books, but they're so lovely and thought-provoking. I've read these a million times over the years and I'll never get tired of them.
Happy Birthday with Ant and Bee by Angela Banner / Around the World with Ant and Bee by Angela Banner
I still love these! I always fangirl a little bit when I spot these on my bookshelf because they mean a lot to me, although I don't actually know why. I read these over and over when I was little, and although they're both awesome, Around the World will always be the best of the two...
Little David Copperfield and Other Stories by Mary Angela Dickens
This book is extremely old and falling apart, as you can see. It was passed down to me from my great grandma after she died a few years ago, and she won it at school when she was little. It's been glued back together several times but it always falls apart again eventually; it's the most fragile book I own. I read this for the first time when I was maybe 8 or 9 and ended up loving it when I hadn't expected to.
Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves
The first book I ever read in this series was Little Miss Dotty and I remember seeing the stand of books in the garden centre when I was around 4 or 5. After pestering my grandad for what seemed like years, he finally bought it for me, and I was obsessed. Then my collection grew... and in 2005 I actually got one of them signed by one of the Hargreaves, as a reward for raising money for something which I can't remember now.
Roald Dahl books
All of the books in this post are my childhood favourites, but all of Roald Dahl's books were THE favourites. The very best. My favourites were - and still are - Matilda, and The Witches. I would love to go to the Roald Dahl museum one day.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Maybe not something you would expect a young child to read, but we read the children's version at primary school one day and it just wasn't enough, so I was given the proper version (pictured above). I think I've read it three times now, and it's such an important book that I think everyone should read at some point.
Star Poems by John Foster / Wizard Poems by John Foster
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame / The Borrowers by Mary Norton
According to the stickers on the backs of these books, they're from an independent bookshop in London. Amber: Supporting independent bookshops since 1998. ;) A few months after reading The Wind in the Willows, I was actually cast as 'Field-mouse 2' in the local production of the book. There's a photo of me from the performance but there is no way it is ever going on this blog. You'll just have to take my word for it when I say my role as 'Field-mouse 2' was an Oscar-winning performance. And The Borrowers - such an awesome concept!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Every Dog Has His Dream by Kourtney Braff Harper / Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach / Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Every Dog Has His Dream is out of print now, I think, but it's so good. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a book I actually haven't read, but for some reason I can't bear to get rid of it. I actually
stole borrowed the older-looking edition from my grandad when I was very small, and a few years later he bought me my own copy. I guess he didn't realise I already had his, or maybe he was hinting at me to give it back...whoops.
Fox in Socks is the best book ever. If you have it, go and make someone read it to you quickly. I don't care how old you are. Do it 'for da LOLs.' Or something.
Dragons, Giants, and Witches by Christopher Rawson / The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle
My Ladybird Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Peter Stevenson
What are your childhood favourites?