As World Book Day is upon us once again, we have been talking in the office about our favourite books when we were young and what our childrens favourites books are now.
Amanda: My favourite book when I was a child is a tough choice! I adored anything by Roald Dahl, so much so whilst still pregnant with my daughter I had brought the Roald Dahl box set – I think more for me to re-read then for her as they are obviously far too old for her! But also an absolute favourite of mine was Enid Blyton’s The Magic far Away Tree. I also remember Judy Blume causing quite a stir when I was heading towards my early teenage years, especially with her book Forever! Books that me and Bethany love reading now well anything by Julia Donaldson – my favourite is the Gruffalo and Bethany’s is probably The Smartest Giant in Town or Sharing a Shell. We also like the Little Miss and Mr Men books and the series of books by Giles Andreae which include Rumble in the Jungle and Commotion in the Ocean.
Stacey: My favourite is/was Matilda by Roald Dahl. We are also reading this currently at home. My boys love it. I have read Dear Zoo and The Gruffalo, more times than I have had hot dinners!!
Helen: My favourite book was Swallows and Amazons, read by my Dad every night. My sister and I still have his original copies that he had as a child. My kids loved room on the broom and the gruffalo, now it’s the hunger games and Malorie Blackmans Naughts and Crosses.
Vicky: For me as a child my favourites were The enormous crocodile, The cat In the Hat and Meg and mog on the moon. My kids LOVE the enormous crocodile too! Although Gabe gets upset at the end so we have to embellish. All three of my boys love the book You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart. Noah, loved Wendell’s Robots, Gabe any books from the Grug series (it’s Australian), Jasper likes the snuggle bunny book and the aptly titled, Jasper’s beanstalk.
Caroline: The words World Book Day fill me with dread! I have also been subjected to horrendous costume making requests. However, my favourite book from childhood are The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis.
Kelly: I’m another for Enid Blyton & Roald Dahl – I read all of The Famous Five & The Secret Seven series! As I grew a little older I absolutely loved the American book series, Sweet Valley High – there were hundreds of them! My best friend & I would take it in turns to buy a different one & share them! My nearly 3 year old boys love books – Julia Donaldson is everyones favourite, isn’t she?! Stick Man is one they enjoy as they repeat the phrase ‘Stick man, oh stick man beware of the…’ over & over again!
Liz: My favourites were; The Faraway Tree (Enid Blyton), Five Children and IT (Edith Nesbit), Lord of the Rings (Tolkien) My daughter Lucy’s were: Roger Red Hat, Billy Blue Hat, Jennifer Yellow hat.
Carolynne: I was a huge fairy tale/fables fan as a child. My favourite story was Cinderella but not the Disney version, I had a Ladybird book with gorgeous pictures inside of Cinderella in the most most beautiful dresses, which I loved to look at as well as read. My twins love books, their favourites are Aliens Love Underpants, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (although they always get scared at the end but want to read it anyway!) and Where The Wild Things Are. My older boy used to love Cat in the Hat which I read over and over (I love it too), and my daughter loves all the Roald Dahl books.
Debbie: I was addicted to Enid Blyton “Famous Five” books. My kids (age 3&4) love “What the Ladybird Heard” and the “Smartest Giant in Town” or anything else Julia Donaldson
Lucy: My favourite books as a child were all Enid Blyton classics with my favourites being mallory towers and st clares. It has been wonderful to share my love of books with Alex aged 12 and izzy age 8. Alex in particular is an avid reader and enjoys Michael Morpango, Darren Shan and his favourite trilliogy at the moment is The Hunger Games. Izzy is enjoying the rainbow magic range.
So here at Mojomums it seems Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Julia Donaldson are clear favourites, but we’d love to hear about your favourite books so let us know below.