Growing up many of us loved reading books, and whilst other things definitely took away our attention as we got older, we’re sure that lots of you will agree that you still can’t beat settling down for a really good read…
What books immediately come to mind when you think about your childhood? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Famous Five? And what about those books that you absolutely loved but have completely forgotten about?
It’s with those forgotten books in mind that we have compiled the following list. Be sure to let us know which of the books you loved by posting a comment, as well as telling us what your very favourite book from your childhood was!
1. The Wind in the Willows
Unbelievably, Wind in the Willows, written by Kenneth Grahame, was first released all the way back in 1908! It’s a series that really has stood the test of time and is still read by children to this very day.
2. The Faraway Tree
The Faraway Tree was actually a series of 4 books called The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree and Up the Faraway Tree. How many of them did you read?
3. My Naughty Little Sister
Another popular series of 5 books, which author Dorothy Edwards wrote to keep her daughter quiet whilst they were on holiday back in 1950. Could she not simply have bought her a few Enid Blyton’s or something?
4. Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat
Who remembers Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat? It’s another one that was written way back, in 1942, and told the story of a witch’s cat who embarks on a great adventure.
5. Judy Blume
Ok, so Judy Blume was an author rather than a book or a series of books, but we know for a fact that many of you had your own personal favourite of hers, so it was impossible to narrow it down. Which one did you love the most?
6. Please Mrs Butler
Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg contained a selection of poems about school. Whilst we personally don’t remember this particular book, we do remember the author’s name very well.
7. The Sheep-Pig
You may better remember this book by the name of the 1995 film ‘Babe’, but many of you will also remember reading the novel by Dick King-Smith when you were a wee nipper.
8. James And The Giant Peach
One of Roald Dahl’s best and most trippy, James and the Giant Peach took us on an amazing, if rather bizarre, adventure.
9. Charlotte’s Web
Another book that has been adapted into (more than one) film, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a pig and a spider.
10. Pippi Longstocking
A series of books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking was a red haired girl who had superhuman strength.
11. The Baby-sitter’s Club
The Baby-Sitters’ Club is a series of books, the first 35 which were written by Ann M. Martin, that have sold a quite staggering 176 million copies worldwide.
12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Surely you can’t have forgotten The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? The story of a caterpillar who eats rather alot has sold more than 30 million copies and has won many awards.