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Childhood books

(PoisonedAppleJewellery) #1

Its my nieces birthday soon, she loves books and Im considering getting her a book I recall from when I was little, Carbonel.(Just thought I may get Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh too)
What books do you still remember and love from your youth and have you bought them for younger family members?

(Rachel) #2

Now we are six, a Winnie the Pooh book I loved as a child and read to my own children, and grandhildren. Recently, whilst rooting about on amazon, I found one called “Now we are sixty” which amused me greatly. Rachel

(Sasha Garrett) #3

I’m currently going through the hassle that is getting proms tickets so I might as well hark back to my childhood whilst I wait for the royal albert halls website to work. I’m a big fan of Roald Dahl, any of his books, and when my pseudo nephews are old enough I’ll be getting them some of the books. I also fondly remember a book called ‘the hermit and the bear’, also illistrated by Quentin Blake but I can’t currently remember the author. I had a look for that one a couple of years back for a friend’s kids but it is out of print.
Right then, back to the RAH website - I’ve been refreshing the page for the last 20 mins to get into the waiting room to be able to queue for tix for my other half - the prom I want to see doesn’t go on sale until july!
happy reading

(Suzzie Godfrey) #4

I have 2 books by Jean Plaidy, The young Elizabeth 1, and The young Mary Queen of Scots, both were devoured by my daughter bringing history to life for a young girl. Sadly now out of print, but treasured on our bookshelf, by both of us.

(Samantha Osmond) #5

@PoisonedAppleJewellery this is a lovely post and has brought back fond memories of learning to read with my mam using Ladybird Puddle Lane books. I’ve googled it and it was based on a TV show but I don’t remember it. I just remember sitting in bed reading with my mam and her getting me to read. I love buying books for gifts.
My childhood favourite was Matilda though and I still have the book that was given to me by my grandparents when I was little, it is dog eared now but I love it. My own pseudo niece amd nephew are a bit young still for Roald Dahl but it is on the list for when they get older.

(Lowri of Twinkle and Gloom Art) #6

I absolutely loved a book called ‘The Necklace of raindrops’ by Joan Aiken.
It had a black cover and an illustration by Jan Pienkowski on it- he creates stunning silhouette illustrations, he’s become one of my all time favorite illustrators.

Unfortunately, I never owned it, I just kept it from the school library for my time in that class. I’d love a copy.

(Sasha Garrett) #7

Well it took almost 2 hours to get the proms tickets but I’ve done it!
The hermit and the bear was written by John Yeoman and amazon have it available second hand if I can’t find my childhood copy at my parents to give to my eldest psuedo nephew. One I remember reading at my grandparents when I was very little was ‘my cat likes to hide in boxes’ again no idea who wrote it but I remember bits of the rhyme in it.
‘the cat from spain flys an aeroplane, the cat from france likes to sing and dance but my cat likes to hide in boxes’…

(Liz Dyson) #8

We had The Necklace of Raindrops and my daughter loved it. Wasn’t that the one with short stories in it? There was a fab story about bad apples and the little girl who had no clothes so that when her aunt had to wash her only dress, it was done whilst the little girl was still in it and then both were hung up to dry on the washing line.
My son loved Captain Underpants and the Flat Stanley books and I seem to remember something about Cows in Space. My daughter also read all the Roald Dahl books, including his autobiography. I have 3 huge boxes in the loft of all their favourite books so that I can read them to my grandchildren in the future.

(Rachel) #9


(Sally Eira) #10

i used to love that book too! i kept borrowing it from the school library all the time (early 1980’s i think)

(Sally Eira) #11

i loved the ‘a. mazing monsters’ books by jim slater that were illustrated by his son. they were really odd but i still love them now.

(Silvapagan) #12

I was a Famous Five kid. My daughter loved “Mog on Fox Night” and “Angel Mae”, and then when she was a little older she loved the “Sophie” series by Dick King-Smith.

(Victoria Gregory) #13

I have an old battered copy of Carbonel too, I still read it! Tom’s Midnight Garden is another old favourite from around the same time and Stig of the Dump.
My 7 year old really enjoys all the Roald Dahl books and practically anything by Enid Blyton. I bought a copy of The Hobbit for one of my nieces last Christmas - no idea if she’s enjoyed it or not mind!

(Diane Burton) #14

We’ve lots of books in our house old classic favourites as well as more modern stories. I’ve not heard of Carbonel but we’ve bought our 10yo niece quite a few Famous Five books and some Secret Seven as well, for her last birthday we bought her The Phantom Tollbooth as well as Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (our daughter read my Hubby’s old copy so much it fell apart so we had to find another copy for our son to enjoy) She’s also enjoyed Alice through the Looking Glass and The Secret Garden.

(Diane Burton) #15

I remember Stig of the Dump both as a book and a TV series when I was younger.

(Diane Burton) #16

My younger sister used to watch the TV programmes and when our daughter was little we used to buy the books at car boot sales (sadly they’re no longer in print) we kept the books for our son then passed them onto our younger nieces who also love them.

(Liz Clark) #17

My dad used to read a book called “Bad Jelly the Witch” by Spike Milligan. We used to love it cos it said “bum” due to the Cat being called Fluffy Bum :smile:

My sister bought my dad a copy for his birthday recently (he’s 81 now and still a big kid at heart).

(Little Ramstudio) #18

There’s so many firm favourites but ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome has always delighted.
It made childhood holidays in the Lake District even more exciting :slight_smile:

(Sara Leigh Thornton) #19

I still have many of my childhood books - and often re-read them :smile:

Noel Streatfeild is a firm favourite (Ballet Shoes, White Boots, Dancing Shoes etc).

I loved Roald Dahl, and read quite a lot of Enid Blyton.

School stories, horse stories, anything like that was devoured :slight_smile:

Michael Bond - the series of Olga Da Polga books (guinea pig) - still have my original copies of those.

Beatrix Potter, The Water Babies, The Borrowers, Anne of Green Gables…the list goes on! I did enjoy reading as a child - can you tell? Oh, and things like A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, Pollyanna, Little Women, Mother Carey’s Chickens…

In fact, now I have my Kindle, I have read even more of the classic children’s books as loads of the older ones are free!!! So I’ve looked at other books by some of the authors like Frances Hodgson Burnett, and found lots of the other stories they wrote which aren’t so well known, and in fact, I’ve liked some of the lesser known stories even more than the popular ones. I’m busy reading some of the short story collections by Louisa May Alcott and L M Montgomery at the moment :slight_smile:

(The Crafty Goose) #20

I loved Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh! How old is your niece? We’ve just started reading the Faraway Tree books to our boys and they are loving them. Anne of Green Gables was a favourite when I was younger, and the Narnia books. I also loved the Alan Garner books - I just reread the Weirdstone of Brisingamen and enjoyed it just as much as 25+ years ago!