Friday, 16 July 2010

Childhood Literature

I love books.

Recently I’ve uncovered some of my childhood treasures. I don’t think I could ever part with these.
The more I look back and rediscover the story’s that once enchanted me through my childhood, I realise how influenced I was by books back then, and even today, I find it much of an obsession of mine.

These are the books that I will always associate with my childhood and hopefully one day will be able to pass on to my children...



Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson is my favourite author and has been for nearly 13 years. I still read her books now. I think children will always enjoy reading her books as they are so heart felt and creative.
One of my closest friends is the exact same. Were both twenty-one and still find a book aimed at children the most fascinating read in the world. I think once you’ve been inspired by an author, you will forever remain loyal to them. And in this case Jacqueline Wilson is mine.



The Lottie Project was my first ever Jacqueline Wilson book, and for this reason it will always remain my favourite.
I was bought it at school for working hard (that might sound a bit cliche). But since that book, I went onto discover a whole collection of stories.



The Dentists Promise- by Margaret Mahy
As I uncovered this one, all the memories came rushing back.
This is possibly my single favourite childhood book. I don’t think it’s as well known title and isn’t the obvious choice. But I love the story. I remember reading it over and over again. It’s all about a dentist not wanting to loose her maiden name.



Plus my love and admiration for illustration clearly started at a young age. I love the illustrations throughout, infact I even started colouring them in, but then changed my mind after the first page. Plus there’s the added charm of it being the hardback edition.



Please Mrs Butler, Heard It In The Playground, & Various others- by Allan Ahlberg

These books totally enthralled me for many years. I first got introduced to Alan Ahlberg in school. I remember enjoying these books so much, coming home and telling my Mum all about them, so my Mum went out and bought me them.
These books especially please Mrs Butler and Heard It In The Playground are amazing. I would really recommend these for any child; they are so witty and enjoyable.



Winnie The Pooh- by A.A.Milne
I think this is a common one, children often discover Pooh and Friends at an early age. I remember always having a bit of a soft spot for Eeyore.

I am so appreciative to still have all these books, and will continue to treasure them.

And finally my Disney Ladybird collection. Ever so whimsical...


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  1. Jacqueline Wilson! I adore her books, I gave them away to my younger cousin a few years ago, shame really. I think it's wonderful that you still have yours! I remember reading the 'Jacqueline Wilson Collection' book under my duvet with a torch in two hours. Isn't it strange the things you remember from your childhood, hehe. Love, Jazzabelle. xxx

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  2. Yay, a fellow childrens books lover!

    I can still repeat Please Mrs Butler and the jam tart poem off by heart. What a geek I am.

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  3. Aww, I remember so many of those books! They bring back really happy memeories. Jacqueline Wilson was definitely a favourite, and my teacher used to read out Please Mrs Butler to us in school and replace the names with all of ours!

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  4. At work recently I randomly picked up a Jacqueline Wilson book off the shelf & read it - loved it. I can definitely appreciate me a good children's book!

    One of my all-time favourite books is 'Goodnight Mister Tom' by Michelle Magorian - we first read that book when I was in Yr 5 at school, but it obviously made a bit impression because I've read it countless times since & it's still just as good as the first time :)

    My 18 month old nephew recently uncovered my old copy of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' & now carries it with him whenever he's round, pointing at the pictures of Mickey Mouse!

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  5. I used to love reading Jacqueline Wilson books, I even met her once! I think I still have all my books somewhere, I might have to dig them out and have a read :)
    xxx

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  6. I love Jacqueline Wilson books :) My favourite childrens story has to be 'The Giraffe, The Pelly & Me' by Roald Dahl!

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  7. Such a nice collection I love the Winnie the pooh one <3 The original illustrations are just gorgeous.

    And I think I have one of the Alan Ahlberg books! Is one of them called the ha ha bonk book? It was a really really bad joke book! So funny to look back at now! xxx

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  8. hi..lovely books..i have lots of my childhood books and enjoy reading them to my children
    xxxxxx

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