I thought I’d tell you about my favourite children’s books, bar Harry Potter (because that one should go without saying!) I’ll be talking about YA in a separate post, so keep a lookout for that one very soon.
I read this book when I was in primary school and it’s stuck with me. Last year, I decided to read it again at the age of 25 and it was still just as wonderful. An old woman tells a lonely little boy a story about her husband, Bertie, who was a soldier in WW1. When Bertie was growing up in South Africa, he rescued a white lion, but when he went away to boarding school, his companion was sold to a circus. This is a really beautiful tale about loneliness, friendship and remembrance; plus the illustrations are gorgeous.
I admit to having an unhealthy obsession with the Moomins – a family of white trolls from Moomin Valley – even now. I used to watch the cartoons constantly, and I remember reading my mum’s battered old copy of Moominsummer Madness. I have a growing collection of Moomin items and have recently started to amass my own collection of the books, too! No shame.
Lauren became one of my favourite authors when I read her YA trilogy, The Chemical Garden. In 2015, she released this middle grade ghost tale. It’s an absolutely beautiful book – I won’t go into too much detail as I’ve already written a full review that you can check out. Lauren is releasing a new middle grade this year, called The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart – another story about spirits.
This series captivated me when I was a child; I wanted to live in these books. Rachel and her younger brother, Eric, are transported to a magical world ruled by a witch named Dragwena. There, Rachel learns she has magical powers. Honestly, the use of magic in this book is fantastic. I read it long before Harry Potter and I was in awe; I’d love to re-read this one again soon as I’ve forgotten a lot of the details.
I can’t make a children’s book list without mentioning Roald Dahl – this one doesn’t even need much of a description, you’re probably familiar with it already. This book is funny, quirky, heart-warming and disgusting all at once. And Quentin Blake’s illustrations are amazing.
Set during the Stone Age, this series focuses on the adventures of Torak, Renn and Wolf, who must defeat a group of mages known as Soul Eaters. The setting is captivating, and I loved the elements of spiritualism and mysticism used in the story. If you like history, animals, clans and magic, you’ll love this one.
So those were just a few of my favourites! I’m sure I’ve missed some, but I tried not to include the obvious ones. I also left out books that I used to love but don’t remember much of. I think some re-reading is in order for me, especially in terms of my old favourites!
What about you? What are your favourite children’s books?