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5 Childhood Favourite Books

Some of you enjoyed 5things on favourite books to re-read. I will try to create more book oriented prompts.

Today let’s list 5 books you enjoyed as a child. Here’s my list:

Several books by Enid Blyton

This should actually be ‘several series by Enid Blyton ‘. I grew up with them. Beginning with the Mr. Meddle and Amelia Jane books I went on to the boarding school series like St. Clare’s and Mallory Towers. Later the Five Find Outers mystery series sparked my lifelong interest in detective novels. Credit for these goes to my late father who would sometimes buy me a book on the way home from school.

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

This magical nanny who could speak to animals as well as take her charges on adventures was fun reading. I found the book in the Children’s Section of the British Council Library in Lahore. The Disney animated movie was equally enjoyable even though I saw it twenty years later with my children.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This was the first book by Roald Dahl that I read. With its Chocolate River Oompa Loompas it was just the right thing for my overactive imagination. This was also one of the books I later read aloud to my children one chapter a time.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales & Hans Christian Andersen

Like most children in the English speaking world I grew up with these fairy tales. They were stories of beautiful princesses, good triumphing over evil and the protagonists living happily ever after.

A Child’s Garden of Verses by R. L. Stevenson

My friends and family knew how much I loved to read so I received a sizable “book haul” on my birthday. A brother and sister who came to stay with some family friends presented me with this book of poetry. I don’t remember any of the poems but I distinctly remember that I loved them and read them more than once. I haven’t read any poetry since I left school except for the occasional blog post.

Grown ups around me encouraged reading a lot. This combined with my innate “bibliophilia” ensured that books were an integral part of my childhood.

What kind of books did you prefer when you were growing up? I would love to know.

Do tell me by leaving a reply in my comments section. Better still, why not write a post of your own? Just remember to tag it #5things

20 thoughts on “5 Childhood Favourite Books

  1. I read Mary Poppins and the last 2 you mentioned–but my fave book was Alice In Wonderland…I probably read it at least 25 times 🙂 I was an avid reader from a young age–“library day” was my fave part of school. I also read Hal Borland’s “When the Legends Die”–I think it’s classified as Young Adult. I read it many times and highly recommend it. The writing is superior, the descriptions and characters are very realistic. It was made into a movie in the early 70’s, I think–and it’s well done too.

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  2. I had so many childhood favorites as a child! I loved the Frog and Toad Series, Berenstein Bears Collection, James and the Giant Peach, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, The BFG. Those are just a few.

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  3. I read many Enid Blyton’s as a child. I know she is not considered very PC these days but I think it is adults that put those ideas into children’s minds. I loved the way she could describe things that children love. I also read the Mary Poppins books, I think there were three and as I had already seen the film a few years earlier I was surprised to find that the Mary in the books was much more no nonsense than Disney presented her. She was much more like the aunt of P.L Travers as presented in “Saving Mr Banks” but of course that was over 40 years later.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree .
      I think that books should be read in the context of the time in history that they were written and not declared non PC.
      I read the other Mary Poppins books too but the first one remains my favourite.

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