I always feel a little sentimental when it comes to thinking about books for children.
Books For Children
Having read to both my girls until Mona was twelve thinking about the books we shared gives me mixed feelings. I am so glad I taught them them to love books but I also am sad the reading together times have passed.
I am going to split this into sections, with each basically featuring one book recommendation…
Books I enjoyed as a child
I was a ferocious reader. On occasions devouring more than one full length book in a day. I loved Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Mallory Tower’s series. But nothing came near to my passion for this book –
– Tarzan of the Apes
Thankfully there were over 20 in the series for me to enjoy but the first one has always been my favourite.
I was about 9 years old when I discovered them and for a while I became Tarzan. I never wanted to be Jane. Dragging unsuspecting friends off to the woods to make camps and play Tarzan games with me. It is a very memorable time of my life.
Books I enjoyed reading to my children
So many fabulous books.
Including the start of the Harry Potter series. Although I am not a fan of the writing I am a fan of how many children came to reading via this series.
Roald Dahl. Starting with the Twits and eventually my kids took over and read these for themselves. Liz Black mentions one of his book in her post.
– Tom’s Midnight Garden
by Phillipa Pearce
This book is simply a joy. The fantasy and the descriptions are beautiful. The book flows seamlessly. I still have vivid pictures in my head of the different scenes. If you have not read this then I so very much recommend it.
I enjoyed reading these when young, & so did my kids
As a very young child I can see my self stretched out on the carpet with a Cat in the Hat book by Dr Seuss. I loved them. I passed on many of my childhood books to my children but mainly they were not too keen. But they did like and read all the Cat in the Hat books.
– The Borrowers
by Mary Norton
My best friend from school introduced me to this book and I loved the concept of little people living in secret. The characterisation is brilliant and I read this book more than once. When my kids were competent readers they read and loved The Borrowers too.
Books my children enjoyed reading independently
My girls had differing tastes. My eldest was a precocious reader but also got bored quickly. Looking back I can only remember one seris of books they both simply loved…
– The Story of Tracy Beaker
At the time a lot of parents didn’t like their children reading these books. But I felt that as long as a child was reading a variety of literature then this series was a positive thing for them to be enjoying.