Favourite bedtime stories and children's books

To celebrate the release of The Book of Bedtime Stories, we've been asking all our guest bookclub authors and celebrity webchat guests to name their favourite bedtime story or childhood book. Here are their favourites.


 

David Cameron

Prime minister David Cameron

The Lorax cover"This is a wonderful idea, as encouraging children to read from a young age is so important. I certainly value the precious time I spend with my own children reading at bedtime. The Lorax by Dr Seuss is a particular favourite in our house. All my children continue to love it, as I did myself when it was first published."

Richard Bacon

Richard Bacon

Paddington Bear"Paddington Bear by Michael Bond."

Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre

The Very Hungry Caterpillar"The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Davina McCall

Davina McCall

Mallory Towers"Hug and Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough, The Day the Guinea-Pig Talked by Paul Gallico and Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton."

Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley

Der struwwelpeter"Der Stuwwelpeter - terrifying tales in rhyme."

Eammon Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Hansel and Gretel"Jack and the Beanstalk, and Hansel and Gretel."

Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Wind In The Willows"The Wind in the Willows."

Vince Cable

Vince Cable

Thomas the Tank Engine"Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls from the Romans to Queen Victoria, or Thomas the Tank Engine."

BoJo

Boris Johnson

"We're Going on a Bear Hunt."

 

Miriam Gonzales

Miriam Gonzales

Little Red Riding Hood"Little Red Riding Hood... though I still don't understand how the granny comes back to life."

Justine Thornton

Justine Thornton

Goodnight Moon"Goodnight Moon. We've read it time after time and the children are always sleepy by the last page."

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

The Story of the Little Mole"The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business."

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Ameliaranne"Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella by Constance Heward."

Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud

The Fish Who Could Wish"The Fish Who Could Wish by John Bush and Korky Paul."

Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes

Winnie the Pooh"Winnie the Pooh collection by A.A. Milne."

Clara Vulliamy

Clara Vulliamy

Tintin"Tintin collection by Herge."

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

The Diddakoi"I loved stories about bold, adventurous children (particularly as I was a fairly shy, unadventurous child). I loved Meg in A Wrinkle in Time, Lucy in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Tom in Tom Sawyer, but I think my favourite was Alice in Wonderland."

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce

The Diddakoi"My favourite childhood book might have to be The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden. I read it again with my youngest daughter recently and she was enthralled. I loved reading as a child. I was unhappy sometimes and very willing to believe in things I didn't know."

Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt

Chronicles of narnia"I loved Roald Dahl and still do. A nice combination of bile and humour."

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue

Chronicles of narnia"The complete Narnia cycle is a wonderful allegory of how books work - they literally yank you into another world, as is always happening to those kids at the start of each adventure."

Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman

Betsy Tacy"I fell in love with the Betsy-Tacy novels by Maud Hart Lovelace early on and read them through more than once. Looking back now I realise that one of the reasons I adored the books was that Betsy was, from the age of five, a storyteller and writer in the making."  

Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Charlotte's Web"I really loved Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White. I've been reading that to my kids (five and seven) lately and we got to the part where Charlotte dies. I completely lost control and couldn't stop crying. My children both looked at me as if I'd lost my mind, naturally!"

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas

David Copperfield"As a child I loved the Narnia stories, they made me realise that the imagination could take you anywhere. I also loved David Copperfield - that grand sprawling narrative, those amazing characters. I loved disappearing in that world." 

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

A Wizard of Earth Sea"My most inspirational childhood books were the Earthsea series by Ursula le Guin - intelligent fantasy that still inspires me today." 

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

The Monkey's Paw"I was most influenced by ghost and horror stories, and one that still stands out for me is The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs - a really brilliant little tale, in which a couple make a series of wishes on a shrivelled oriental talisman, with dreadful results... I must have been rather a macabre child. But a lot of that early affinity with the gothic has found its way into my own fiction."

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss

Little House on the Prairie"I read all the time as a child, everything from the Chalet School to Jane Eyre, with a particular passion for the Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder series [Little House on the Prairie]. In general, I'd say that I started with literary responses to the experience of being female and I'm still working on that now."

Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale

The Phantom Tollbooth"The novels I repeatedly re-read were Tove Jansson's Moomin novels, Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth and Lewis Carroll's two Alice books, all of which I still return to when in need of comfort." 

Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender

A wrinkle in time"I loved (predictably) the books about magical lands/places, like the Oz books and the L'Engle books - I must've read A Wrinkle in Time yearly for a good while. And The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, a gem by Julie Andrews (same one) completely charmed me."

Betsy Tobin

Betsy Tobin

Are you there God? It's me Margaret

"When I was 11, I remember being entranced by Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me Margaret - not a book about God actually - it was about boys and periods, as I recall.

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Amy Waldman

Amy Waldman

Anne of Green Gables"Of many contenders I would say Anne of Green Gables. To read, as a young girl myself, about an orphan girl who arrives to a couple wanting a boy - and then proves herself so bright and imaginative - really seized me. I wanted to be her, red hair and all."

 

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell

The Secret Garden

"There are so many. The Moomin books, The Secret Garden, and Where the Wild Things Are." 

A D Miller

A.D. Miller

Archy and Mehitabel

"When I was very young my mother gave me Archy and Mehitabel, which I loved. When I was 10-ish, I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie books. If we're talking about school days, then perhaps The Great Gatsby or A Handful of Dust."

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Alice's adventures in Wonderland

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Just William." 

William Boyd

William Boyd

The Jungle Book

"I vividly remember reading The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Between the ages of 10 and 12, I was completely obsessed by Lord of the Rings, and I'm very fond of Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland because the characters in the books are timeless and ageless. We still meet Eeyores and Mad Hatters as adults."

 

Children's authors
 

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman

The Silver Chair"I remember being particularly inspired by The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. I loved what it had to say about believing in yourself and believing in something bigger/better/greater than yourself, even when others are laughing at you or telling you that you're wrong."

Lauren Child

Lauren Child

The Shrinking of Treehorn"The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Edward Gorey, and John Burningham's picture books such as John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late. There's something pleasantly anarchic about these books that appeals to me."

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson

Professor Branestawm

"Norman Hunter's Professor Branestawm books are fantastically funny and inventive and I've been doing my best to introduce them to modern kids. I've been gratified that they seem to love them just as much as I did when I was a boy."

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

Treasure Island"I read comics a lot when I was very little, but the first proper book I really loved was Treasure Island. I still think it is one of the great books." 

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell

The Hobbit

"The Hobbit was one of my favourite books as a child." 

 

Last updated: 21-Oct-2013 at 2:29 PM