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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?

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:48:29

<smacks self in face> PRATCHETT! DS has the first three discworld books for Christmas. I am hopeful he will find them as funny as I did.

thixotropic Sun 16-Dec-12 20:48:52

Dark is Rising

jenesaispas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:49:04

Phew re the change of name in the Magic Faraway Tree - was my favourite book and I have just bought it for a friend's daughter for Christmas.

Another friend still has the original on her bookshelf and is unsure whether to let her DC read it!

FionaJT Sun 16-Dec-12 20:49:26

Lots of the others mentioned above, plus:

Tom's Midnight Garden
The Little House on the Prairie series
anything by E Nesbit (reading 'The Phoenix and the Carpet' to dd at the moment)
Alison Uttley's short story collections (we have a lovely one of Christmas stories which came out again last week)

almapudden Sun 16-Dec-12 20:49:34

Most of the ones you mentioned, op! Also:

I Capture the Castle
101 Dalmations
Anne of Green Gables
The Silver Sword
The Boy with the Bronze Axe
The Children's Crusade
Eagle of the Ninth
Little House on the Prairie
Five Children and It
Little Lord Fauntleroy
The Secret Garden
The Lost Prince

I could go on for days! I love reading and I so hope my children will too.

Viviennemary Sun 16-Dec-12 20:50:24

I liked the Chalet School and the Lorna Hill ballet books. DD didn't like them at all. I also like the Wishing Chair series which DC's did like. And the Faraway Tree. And lots more. I loved all the Enid Blyton's. Mystery Series, School stories, Adventure Series, secret books.

kim147 Sun 16-Dec-12 20:50:50

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almapudden Sun 16-Dec-12 20:51:12

Ooh loads more great suggestions on this thread <bookmarks>

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


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

This too is true.
I also loved the Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken as did DH and we have copies to read to the DSes.

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 20:51:49

DS has just finished the Silver Sword Alma, not something I read as a child. May go borrow it from him now grin.

SarahStratton Sun 16-Dec-12 20:52:20

I luffs the Moomins.

The Witch Family
Richard Scarry

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 16-Dec-12 20:52:47

Mil keeps force-feeding us Mog, I am not wholly convinced

ENormaSnob Sun 16-Dec-12 20:55:24

The Jill pony books.

The pony books with shanty the chestnut Arab.

Black beauty.

Little women.

The house at worlds end.

SecretSantaFix Sun 16-Dec-12 20:56:01

Mog stories
Charlotte's Web
Meg and Mog
Mrs Pepperpot
Charlotte Sometimes
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit
Chalet School series
The Little White Horse
The Way to Sattin Shore
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Narnia series
My Naughty Little Sister- which I loved reading to my little sister
Sadler's Well's Books
Enid Blyton
the Katy stories
The Diddakoi
Thursday's Children by Rumer Godden

As you can possibly tell, I was a bookworm.grin

In my case I am starting my nephew on books- he loves turning the pages, he loves me reading Dogger to him.

SarahStratton Sun 16-Dec-12 20:56:31


I hated Mog.

Greensleeves Sun 16-Dec-12 20:57:42

The Silver Crown by Robert C O'Brien
The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson
The Amazing Mr Blunden by Antonia Barber (also called The Ghosts)
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Varjak Paw by S F Said
The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

my two have loved all these

I am looking for similar books I can read to them, a couple of chapters each night - am starting to run out of ones I loved that I think will excite them both as well

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 16-Dec-12 20:57:47

The Jungle Book
The Cave Twins

hugoagogo Sun 16-Dec-12 20:58:00

dd loved Teddy Robinson and Olga de Polga, but tuned her nose up at The Kingdom of Carbonel and Gobolino the Witch's cat. shock

Alonglongway Sun 16-Dec-12 20:58:19

I am David - forced it onto DD1 and was relieved when she loved it too

PrincessMononoke Sun 16-Dec-12 20:59:46

Rebecca's World,
Tom's Midnight garden,
The BFG and anything else by RD,
Moon dial,
The Chronicles of Nania.

Greensleeves Sun 16-Dec-12 21:01:04

A Necklace Of Raindrops is beautiful

I Am David very powerful

does anyone remember a book called Puddles In The Lane? It was about three evacuees, it was a lovely book

galwaygirl Sun 16-Dec-12 21:01:24

Oh wow, so many great books mentioned already but haven't seen The Railway Children - loved that one.

I'm building up a collection for DD (18 months so a while til she can read them). Got a beautiful illustrated copy of The Secret Garden and another lovely hardback of Ballet Shoes.
We had the Book People at work recently and I got the full Secret Seven series for a tenner- bargain!

PrettyPirate Sun 16-Dec-12 21:03:57

Astrid Lindgren books - Pippi Longstocking and Ronia and brothers Lionhearts - loved them all!

FourEyesGood Sun 16-Dec-12 21:07:02

Lots which have already been mentioned.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (or anything else) by Joan Aiken (I struck up a correspondence with her after sending her a fan letter. She was lovely!)
Judy Blume books, then Paula Danziger books, which were probably all dreadful, but I loved them.

HerbWoman Sun 16-Dec-12 21:10:01

Another vote here for Moomins and Mrs Pepperpot, and Bottersnikes and Gumbles, although that one is out of print now.

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