I think everybody remembers a favourite childhood book. It is something that evokes memories of mothers and fathers reading to their children, the illustrations, the look and feel of a book, what the story moved in them at that time and many other feelings and senses.
I recently asked some women of ‘a certain age’ what their favourite childhood books were and the following were some of the most popular.
Some of them had wanted to fly like Peter Pan, some wanted a friend like Peter in Heidi, others just got swept up in the adventures of the Famous Five. Something in a book opened up a new world to them and they could be part of that world.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Noddy, and all the books written by Enid Blyton
Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Fairy stories and other stories by Hans Christian Andersen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Little Prince by Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A rarer mention was: A Fairy to Stay by Margaret Beatrice Lodge