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Recommend classic children's books for me to read

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starfish8 · 22/02/2016 22:09

Have a young DS (not even at school yet) and have been thinking about wanting to reconnect with some classic children's books I read/or didn't as a child myself. Will buy physical copies that can get reused by him over time, and I'd like to support him by being more familiar about the stories myself.

Can anyone add to this list....

Roald Dahl - BFG, Matilda, George's Marvellous Medicine, The Twits, The Witches - List goes on
Harry Potter - Haven't read any of these
Worst Witch - A real favourite as a child
Malory Towers - Another favourite for me when I was little - Ok, probably not one for my son!

Also, read Wonder by R J Palacio last year and really enjoyed this youth novel. Can anyone recommend any must read recent modern young fiction novels too?


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LotsofDots · 22/02/2016 22:14

Swallows and amazons
Definitely Harry Potter!
Little house on the prairie
Some of the David Walliams books are excellent for newer ones
Charlotte's web
Wizard of Oz
Young adult recent books - the hunger games

SerenityReynolds · 22/02/2016 22:19

The Narnia Chronicles
Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

Lurkedforever1 · 22/02/2016 22:19

Owl who was afraid of the dark
What Katy did books
Little women
Under the hawthorn tree
Tom Browns schooldays
Chalet school
Clever polly and the stupid wolf
My naughty little sister
101 Dalmatians (dodie smith not Disney)
Tom Sawyer
Wolves of willoghby chase
The borrowers

Sure I can add lots more but just some of my favourites as a child across a few years of age range.

SoMuchToBits · 22/02/2016 22:21

Yes to Swallows and Amazons. My ds (now 15) keeps re-reading those!

Also, the 'Dark is Rising' series by Susan Cooper, and the Earthsea books by Ursula Le Guin, and anything by Diana Wynne Jones.

Hobbit is a classic too.

If you liked Wonder, you might also like 'Jake and Lily' and 'Stargirl' by Jerry Spinelli.

starfish8 · 22/02/2016 22:21

Wow! Messages within a few minutes thanks!

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SerenityReynolds · 22/02/2016 22:23

Oooohhh, I loved The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Smile

SoMuchToBits · 22/02/2016 22:23

Stig of the Dump - Clive King
The Silver Sword - Ian Seraillier
Emil and the Detectives - Erich Kastner

redhat · 22/02/2016 22:24

A little princess

SoMuchToBits · 22/02/2016 22:26

For pre-school children, we also loved the Little Red Train books by Benedict Blathwayt (great illustrations), and the Blue Kangaroo books by Emma Chichester Clarke. And several of the Julia Donaldson books too.

Equiem89 · 22/02/2016 22:26

The secret garden
The little princess
Black beauty
Little women
Pride and prejudice
Jane eyre
Any on this list

Potcallingkettle · 22/02/2016 22:27

Diana Wynne Jones - the Chrestomanci books. Definitely Swallows and Amazons. The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston.

LotsofDots · 22/02/2016 22:27

The secret of Nimh

SoMuchToBits · 22/02/2016 22:27

And The Secret Garden, redhat! Smile

Jaimx86 · 22/02/2016 22:28

The Far Away Tree
The Wishing Chair

Both wonderfully enchanting Enid Blyton books. Can't recommend them enough. At 8 years old I'd sit and read from start to end without moving!

HarveySchlumpfenburger · 22/02/2016 22:30

Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
The little White Horse
Black Beauty
His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman
Carrie'S War
Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson
Stig of the Dump
Goodnight Mr Tom
Ballet Shoes
Alice in Wonderland

SoMuchToBits · 22/02/2016 22:30

My ds also enjoyed a lot of books by Anthony Horowitz (the Diamond Brothers ones, then the Alex Rider series) when he was a bit older (9 upwards).

He also loved the Professor Branestawm books - classic, not currently very trendy, but they really made him laugh. We also enjoyed the Jeremy James books by David Henry Wilson, when he was about 8 or so.

Creatureofthenight · 22/02/2016 22:31

Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian
The Secret Garden (and A Little Princess, my favourite!) - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Newer stuff -
Anything by Frances Hardinge
His Dark Materials trilogy - Philip Pullman
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Anything by Patrick Ness

SoMuchToBits · 22/02/2016 22:31

Oh, and Alan Garner - the Weirdstone of Brisingamen etc.

HarveySchlumpfenburger · 22/02/2016 22:31

x posts with a lot of people as I scanned the bookshelf Grin

BeaufortBelle · 22/02/2016 22:35

Thomas the Tank Engine by the Rev W Awdry
Richard Scarry
Michael Morpurgi - all
Lemony Snicket
Michele Paviour
Flat Stanley
Dr Zeuss
Alan Ahlberg (The Big Skeleton and,The Little Skeleton)
Each, Peach, Pear Plum

What others have said. Oh, what an exciting stage xx

Equiem89 · 22/02/2016 22:36

Loving this. I'm going to read all my childhood books again Smile

Lurkedforever1 · 22/02/2016 22:36

5 children and it
Children of the new forest
Railway children
Apricots at midnight
Treasure island
Judy Blume
Loads of pony stories too, but won't bore you with lists unless it's an interest.

Moln · 22/02/2016 22:40

Are you intending to read them to read them to him?

If it's the former then I would suggest you certainly read Roald Dahl (some of the smaller ones go down well with preschoolers too) and David Walliams has a similar great fun/gross/sad thing going on.

Along with

The Secret Garden, A Little Princess - both Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Women (and subsequent books) - Louisa May Alcott
Charlotte's Web - E B White
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Winne-the-Pooh (all of them)
Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Watership Down -
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

I'm pretty sure there's more - I'll think more

Modern wise 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' is great.

PigeonPie · 22/02/2016 22:42

Yes, to most of these, but also the Borrowers series.

HarveySchlumpfenburger · 22/02/2016 22:43

I'm starting a list myself equiem. I started 'Over Sea Under Stone' last week but there's loads here I want to read again and I few I haven't read at all.

Might need to find my library card, too.

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