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Books you loved as a child and hope your children will love too.

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TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:31:01

Inspired by another thread. grin

I remember buying Dogger don't laugh at the title it's a lovely book! and All In One Piece before DS was born as I wanted to pass on the joy these books brought me.

He has recently read The Hobbit; Swallows and Amazons; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Treasure Island and Charlotte's Web. Books that made my childhood.

I hope he will soon find and enjoy the LOTR books, Hitchhikers Guide, Little Women, and Goodnight Mr Tom.

I feel real excitement at the thought of my DS reading lovely books and enjoying them the way I did. Got me wondering what I might have missed though, are there other books that are wonderful for children and deserve to go on a "Books Every Child Should Read" list?

What were your favorite childhood books, and will you buy/pass them on for your children?

AnyaKnowIt Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:45

Spot the dog

Shakey1500 Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:56

The Magic Faraway Tree smile

SantasNaughtySack Sun 16-Dec-12 20:33:51

A wrinkle in time!

Selks Sun 16-Dec-12 20:34:18

The original Moomintroll books by Tove Janson. Just wonderful entrancing magical stories with beautiful iluustrations...miles better than the silly tv cartoon. Highly recommended.

Also all the Dr Seuss books. smile

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:35:55

Ah the Magic Faraway Tree! That beloved character Fanny. Swallows has a character called Titty. The names didn't stand the test of time even if the stories do!

meala Sun 16-Dec-12 20:36:17

Dogger here too. I loved it as a child and my DC love it too.

I've started reading Anne of Green Gables to my DD and hope she'll enjoy it as much as I do (and the rest of the series).

Sparkletastic Sun 16-Dec-12 20:36:52

Bagthorpes Unlimited
The Family at One End Street
Milly Molly Mandy
Joan Aitken short stories
Mog's Christmas
The Secret Garden
The Boy Who Won The Pools

Have kept them all for Dds - most are hits but a few clearly hadn't aged well.

TallulahTinsel Sun 16-Dec-12 20:39:09

Oh I like this thread smile

Children of Green Knowe Series

Chronicles of Narnia

The Little Grey Men

The Wind in the Willows

Charlotte Sometimes

Plus the ones already mentioned smile

Armi Sun 16-Dec-12 20:39:19

For this time of year, 'The Children of Green Knowe' by Lucy M Boston.

SarahStratton Sun 16-Dec-12 20:39:54

Little White Horse
The Children of Green Knowe
Chalet School books
Anything by Enid Blyton
Anything by Noel Stretfeild
Anything by the Pullein Thompson sisters

kotinka Sun 16-Dec-12 20:40:17

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spookysal Sun 16-Dec-12 20:40:53

Selks - What age for the Moomintroll books?

coldcupoftea Sun 16-Dec-12 20:40:53

What Katy Did
The Worst Witch
Gobolino The Witches Cat

CambridgeBlue Sun 16-Dec-12 20:40:57

So many! Milly Molly Mandy, My Naughty Little Sister, Ramona, most Enid Blyton, Little Women, What Katy Did, Little Grey Rabbit - I saved loads of my old books for DD ( and she does love most of them) and have bought new copies of those I no longer have. Reading was my big love as a kid and I'm so glad DD is also a bookworm.

TallulahTinsel Sun 16-Dec-12 20:41:12

Oh yes, I loved The Bagthorpe Saga!

Plus horsey books, Jill ones, A Devil to Ride series and boarding school ones, Malory Towers, St Claire's, Autumn Term etc

kotinka Sun 16-Dec-12 20:42:28

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OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 16-Dec-12 20:42:51


Ah the Magic Faraway Tree! That beloved character Fanny. Swallows has a character called Titty. The names didn't stand the test of time even if the stories do!

She is now called FRANNY - have recently read to my DS1 at bedtime - he LOVES.

RumpleteaserScroodge Sun 16-Dec-12 20:42:52

Risks Dahl books and hairy McClairy

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:43:53

You are all reminding me of so many books I loved! Think I need to make a list and get on Amazon.

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:44:40

I heard Olivia, apparently Dick is now known as Rick.

milewalker Sun 16-Dec-12 20:45:02

the last of the really great whangdoodles by julie andrews, i loved it as a little girl, had it on loan from the library every other week. have now got my very own copy that i read now and again-my son (20) and daughters (both 13) are not as impressed.

beanandspud Sun 16-Dec-12 20:45:46

The 'Little House on the Prairie' series, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Magic Faraway Tree....

Gillyweed001 Sun 16-Dec-12 20:46:48

The very hungry Caterpillar :-)

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Sun 16-Dec-12 20:47:58

We read the box of delights every Christmas. Really hope DD enjoys that tradition

Yy to faraway tree and Anne of Green Gables.

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