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AragornsManlyStubble · 24/06/2017 14:26

Just that really. Your favourite books/authors from when you were a child. What's the one book you believe every child should read? I'm trying to build up a bit of a library for the dc's and need some inspiration. Smile

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Redsrule · 24/06/2017 14:33

Just so many, anything by Nesbit/Streatfield/Dahl/Rosen, Judith Kerr is amazing and modern classics like Skullduggery and Artemis Fowl. My DC devoured all sorts, enjoy!


SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 24/06/2017 14:34

The Land of Green Ginger, by Noel Langley.


HarrietKettleWasHere · 24/06/2017 14:40

The Secret Garden

Anne of Greem Gables


SaucyJack · 24/06/2017 14:41

I have very fond memories of the Jill's pony books by Ruby Ferguson.


JaneJeffer · 24/06/2017 14:53

The Little House on the Prairie books, but I don't know if they're published any more.


ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 24/06/2017 14:55

Wind in the Willows
Watership Down
The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
Alice in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass


JacquesHammer · 24/06/2017 15:06

Tom's Midnight Garden
Children of Green Knowe
Children of Winter


PrettyLittleBrownEyedMe · 24/06/2017 15:13

The Faraway Tree books - probably the best children's books ever IMHO, absolutely magical.

All the Famous Fives (yes, I was/am a Blyton fan even though I know all the arguments against her writing these days....)

What Katy Did
I Am David
The Silver Curlew
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The Signposters/The Beachcombers/ the Bagthorpe series(Helen Cresswell)

So many wonderful stories!


PrettyLittleBrownEyedMe · 24/06/2017 15:16

saucyjack oh yes, I loved the Jill books too! In my family we still say we were cooking 'until our eyebrows fell off in the soup' which was from one of them


Welshrainbow · 24/06/2017 15:20

Little house on the prairie books
Famous five
Secret seven
Anne of green gables
The silver sword
A town like Alice
Jungle book
Goodnight mister Tom
The secret garden


ClashCityRocker · 24/06/2017 15:22

The Narnia stories.
Swallows and amazons
Famous five/secret seven
The Babysitters Club Blush


AragornsManlyStubble · 24/06/2017 15:27

Lots of ones I hadn't considered! Thank you! Keep the ideas flowing!!! Smile

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Latenightreader · 24/06/2017 15:32

E Nesbit's The Railway Children and the Psammead trilogy.

Elizabeth Enright's Melandy books (Four Story Mistake, Spiderwebs for Two etc)

Penelope Lively's A Stitch in Time and The House in Norham Gardens.


ClashCityRocker · 24/06/2017 15:33

The northern lights trilogy


zukiecat · 24/06/2017 15:43

The Secret Garden
A Little Princess
Black Beauty
Jane Eyre (child's version)

The Silver Sword

Jinny and Shantih (My favourites!)

Famous Five

I also loved St Clare's and Malory Towers as a child

Mr Galliano's Circus

I also read Anne Frank as a young child (I was 8/9)

Anything by the Pullein-Thompson sisters
The Jill books

A Pony For Jean

Come Back Lucy


MineKraftCheese · 24/06/2017 15:46

Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine is the best piece of feminist writing for kids I've ever read.

An indispensable modern classic.


Hogterm · 24/06/2017 15:46

I used to love Willard Price books. Also Enid Blyton.


AragornsManlyStubble · 24/06/2017 16:44

I remember Bill's new frock!!! Definitely on the list!

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ludog · 24/06/2017 17:18

Narnia are my all-time favourite, I still reread them occasionally.


HunterofStars · 24/06/2017 17:30

The Narnia series, I still read them occasionally. The Mary Poppins books are also good, they're a lot more darker than the film. I also have a soft spot for Paddington Bear as well as the Famous Five and Secret Seven. Bill's New Frock is also a good read.


twoforluck · 24/06/2017 17:52

Enid Blyton definitely, the worst witch and my favourite was 101 dalmatians


twoforluck · 24/06/2017 17:53

Oh and the borrowers!


tonightonight · 24/06/2017 18:08

Wizard of Oz

Sophie's 7
Famous 5
Twins at st Clare's
Malorie towers


BlackadderBells · 24/06/2017 18:15

Another vote for all the Enid Blyton books and George's Marvellous Medicine by Dahl

For teens/preteens - it has to be the first two Adrian Mole books


daisypond · 24/06/2017 18:22

Little House on the Prairie series. I still re-read them now.

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