My Favourite Childhood Books

Thursday, 23 August 2018

If you are a regular reader on this blog, firstly, thank-you, and secondly, you'll know that I love reading - and I thought it's time to share with you some of my most favourite childhood books!
A series of books surrounded by fairylights and ivy including The House at Pooh Corner by A.A Milne, The Belfry Witches by Kate Saunders, the Horrible History books by Terry Deary, Harry Potter by J.K Rowling and The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A Milne
   Most of my family knows how much I was obsessed with Winnie the Pooh when I was younger - although saying that I still do have a stuffed Winnie-The-Pooh and Eeyore at the end of my bed... don't judge me. I remember reading this book over and over again - and it had such beautiful illustrations on the inside - complete with a wonderful map of the 100 Acre Wood! I think I got this book from my Nan, as it might have been in the family for some time - you can certainly tell it's been a well-loved book. One of the things I hate to admit about me as a child is that I used to rip out all of the pages between the front cover of the book till the book actually started - which is sadly what I did with this book, so I have no idea when it was published or who by!

The House at Pooh Corner tells the tale of the beloved Winnie The Pooh trying to find a house for Eeyore. Most of the chapters can be read stand-alone - you may even remember some from the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A Milne surrounded by ivy.

The Belfry Witches by Kate Saunders

This is probably one of the books I remember reading the most when I was young. It seems that I have a mild fascination with witchcraft and all things magic! I remember this being such a funny book, and I would love to read it again now that I'm older - a bit like re-watching a childs film and getting all of the adult jokes in it.

The Belfry Witches tell the tale of two mischevious witches called Old Noshie and Skirty Marm - they san a rude song about the queen on witches and have been banished from their island. They took refuge in a belfry in a small town called Tranters End and get up to all sorts of mischief!

This really is such a great book for young readers - I certainly enjoyed it when I was younger.

The Belfry Witches by Kate Suanders surrounded by fairlights and pinecones

Horrible Histories by Terry Deary

I absolutely LOVED these books when I was growing up! I couldn't get enough of history when I was younger (I still am fascinated by ancient history and folklore!) and what's even better was that these books were in schools as well! 

I opted for more 'ancient history' of the Horrible History books - much like Romans, Egypt and Greek books. These books were so funny and really made learning about history fun for those who weren't really that interested (says the girl who had about 27 books on ancient Egypt). They were also accompanied by awesome illustrations that really made the comedy and facts come alive - you can see why the books were so successful, with over 60 books in the series and a TV show!

the Horrible Histories books surrounded by fairylights

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Do I really need to explain myself with this one? Y'all know how much I rant and rave about my love of Harry Potter, don't you... I honestly can't put into words how much this book series means to me. It has influenced me so much that I really think the series is a major part of who I am and I don't think I would be the same person if I had not read these books.

The first five books were my brothers, and he gave me them as he never really was big into reading. The Philosophers Stone was a Christmas present to him from my Nan and Grandad in the year 2000 - and this is really nice for me to keep as my Grandad is sadly no longer with us. 

Unfortunately, as with my habits with the Winnie the Pooh book, I tore out all of the front pages till the book actually started - and have also written on some of the pages!! I cannot believe that I used to do that! I am happy to say that the Philosophers Stone is the only book in the Harry Potter series that I did that to - thank GOD.

The reason I included Prisoner of Azkaban is that it's my favourite, book and film, and it was the first HP film I went to see at the cinema, and I went with my Nan!

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling surrounded by fairylights and ivy

The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith

Remember a time when cereals used to get really cool toys in them? Yeah, well I got this little cracker of a book for free in a box on either Honey Nut Cheerios or regular Cheerios - what a time to have been alive, eh?

This is the charming story of a young girl who's dog is invisible to everyone except her and an old lady who lives down the end of the road. I really don't remember what else happens in the book, but like with all of the books on this list - I would love to re-read every one of them now that I am older!

On of the things I don't quite understand is why they don't put little free books in cereals anymore! 

The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith surrounded by fairlights and ivy

So, there you have it, a few of my favourite and most memorable childhood books! I would love to know what books you remember reading as a child - let me know in the comments below!

K xx 

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