I came across this post by Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel and as I loved reading as a child I had to join in. I’m not sure if I can name just five favourite books but let’s see how we go.
Not in any special order:
- “Little Women”, and of course the companion books “Good Wives”, “Little Men” and “Jo’s Boys”.
- “Wind in the Willows”. I still have the tatty paperback copy that I was too young to read myself when it was given to me.
- “The Vine Clad Hill” by Mabel Esther Allan. I mentioned this book in a recent post. I loved it because it was a travel story. Another by the same author that I loved was “Black Forest Summer”.
- “Windmill Hill” by Wyn Brocklebank was a similar type of book about a teenage girl living in Yorkshire
- “Practically Twins” by Viola Rowe, another teen story I read many times.
I still own or have replaced copies of all of the above and a few of the others listed. I’d buy more children’s books that I loved if I had anywhere to put them.
I read a lot of school girl and teen adventure stories. Honourable mentions to “The Chalet School” series by Elinor M Brent Dyer, the “Donna Parker” series by Marcia Martin and also classics such as “Eight Cousins” by Louisa May Alcott, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “Heidi” by Joanna Spyri, “Party Frock” by Noel Streatfield, “Pastures of the Blue Crane” by H.F Brimsmead and the “Katy” books by Susan Coolidge,
I could go on. I read a lot of children’s books between the ages of eight and fourteen when mum started to let me read her books which were mostly romances. I was a regular visitor to the local library as well as our school library and read a lot of other types of books. I remember going through a phase of reading myths and legends of Scotland and Ireland which were surprisingly gory for the children’s library. I wonder if the librarians knew.
I think EVERY kid’s book I read starred a dog or a horse. Sometimes both! I missed a lot of books that seem to be everyone’s favorites including Winnie the Pooh, but my mother wasn’t a big Pooh fan. She was a big fairy tale and nursery rhyme fan, so that’s what I heard a lot of. I think we have to blame this on my mother. She led the way and i meekly — okay, not SO meekly — followed.
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I didn’t mention fairy tales but of course I read them or they were read to me. I had horse stories and dog stories and I had Raggedy Ann, possibly my first doll book. Which reminds me that I forgot to mention “Hitty”.
You seem to have had a childhood similar to mine , liberally sprinkled with books.
I read Eight Cousins as a child and simply adored it. I re read all four of the Little Women series as a grown up and still enjoyed them as much.
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