Most remembered books from my childhood

With the launch of the children’s Summer Reading Challenge throughout English and Welsh libraries last weekend I thought I’d blog about my most remembered, not necessarily my favourite, but most remembered books from my childhood.

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read any of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five or Secret Seven books; they never really appealed. But I did read an awful lot of Roald Dahl – I mean…who didn’t?

Unfortunately I don’t have any of my childhood books, we moved a few times when I was young and I’m pretty sure they didn’t move with us which is a real shame. So I don’t know if the covers are the right ones for the era of my childhood (we’re talking over/around 30 years ago) but I picked them because I liked them and they look old 🙂

So, here’s my top 5 most remembered books from my childhood….

The Borrowers5) The Borrowers by Mary Norton

First published in the early 1950s these books are the stories of the Clock family; mum Homily, dad Pod and their daughter Arietty. Nothing unusual there except the Borrower’s were tiny people that lived under the floorboards of the Big people who they borrowed from.

I liked Arietty’s sense of independence, she was quite prepared to go off on her own to borrow; Pod’s referrring to the Big people as ‘human beans‘ and who knew they had so many adventures? …. I don’t actually remember reading all of the series though which included The Borrower’s Afield, The Borrower’s Afloat, The Borrower’s Aloft  and lastly The Borrower’s Avenged.

 

Stig of the Dump4) Stig of the Dump by Clive King

This is the first book I remember being made to read as part of a school project.

The story of Barney and his caveman friend Stig is now over 50 years old and a bit of a classic. I vaguely remember that it’s a bit of a mischevious adventure book. Would it still appeal to children now? It’s probably a bit dated but then aren’t all classics?

 

 

Mrs Pepperpot3) Mrs Pepperpot series by Alf Proysen

The series was written by a Norwegian author with the first book published in 1956.  These are just a delightful series of stories where Mrs Pepperpot prevails against all the odds and her size over and over again when she shrinks to the size of a pepperpot at a moment’s notice.

I love that she’s still popular and even has her own website.

Some of her adventures included: Mrs Pepperpot to the Rescue, Mrs Pepperpot Learns to Swim, Mrs Pepperpot Gives a Party and Mrs Pepperpot turns Detective.

 

Are You There God Its Me Margaret2) Are You There God, it’s me Margaret by Judy Blume

Let’s face it, what girl of around the ages of 9-13 didn’t read a Judy Blume book, especially Are You There God?

Possibly one of the most influential, helpful, realistic books for pre-teen girls to get their heads around puberty and all that stuff without feeling disgusted or embarrassed 🙂

I do rememeber reading other Judy Blume books particularly Superfudge, Blubber and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.

Such great stories that are still relevant now!

 

The White Horse Gang1) The White Horse Gang by Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden was my favourite author as a child, I remember reading a lot, if not all of her books. I can also remember that she visited my primary school and autographed my copy of  The White Horse Gang. I can quite vivdly recall standing in the line in the school hall and her then signing my book – she was wearing a black jumper. Strange the things you remember. I’m really sad that I don’t have the book.

Her other books included Carrie’s War, Squib, The Witch’s Daughter, Secret Passage and The Robbers.

 

Do children these days still read any of these books? I know Judy Blume is still popular, I even bought my daughter her own copy of Are You There God and she also has a bumper best of Mrs Pepperpot books.

What books shaped your childhood and your love for reading?

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