Favourite Childhood books

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

1 thought on “Favourite Childhood books”

  1. A wonderful list of favorites. My blog listed two books for Halloween. Washington Irvings The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with illustrations by John Moses is also a favorite. Thanks Eileen.

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