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What were your favourite books as a young child?

April 7, 2019

What were your favourite books as a young child?

 

What was the book that makes you fall in love with reading?  Some of us have a favourite series or books that we remember from our childhood, mine was “Sweet Valley High” I was in years seven.  Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield were my worlds for some years during my teens they gave me the joy of reading which I am very thankful to author Francine Pascal for.  At the same time I found Sweet Dreams is a series of over 230 numbered stand-alone teen (young adult) romance novels that were published from 1981 through to 1996 written mostly by U.S. writers.  P.S. I Love You - Barbara Conklin was the very first romance book I read and where my love of romance started with this very sweet, innocent, coming of age read that was just what a 14-year-old me was looking for to fulfil my dreams and love of reading.

This is the Cover that started it all.

My first every full novel as Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews I was spending the week at my cousin's house and she was reading it.  She had a summer job so when she went to work I read and when she came home I had withdrawal systems without the book.

 

It will all depend on what decade and genre you like but over the years there have been many authors that gave us so much joy and gave us the most important gift in my mine the gift of loving books and reading.

 

Children's books of the decades are still playing a big part in our children's lives even now.

1940’s

The 1940s was the birth of “The Little Golden Books” who didn’t have a few of these in there room growing up?  Did you know that “The Poky Little Puppy”, is the top-selling children's book of all time that so amazing to bet all the book written since the early 1940s.

Enid Blyton sold over 600 million copies of her over 700 titles published she is the seventh-best-selling fiction author of all time.

1950’s

Charlotte's Web  by E. B. White

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Cat in the Hat Book by Dr. Seuss

The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton

1960’s

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book by Eric Carle

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Book by Judith Kerr

1970's

The Neverending Story Novel by Michael Ende

Frog and Toad are Friends Book by Arnold Lobel

Flowers in the Attic Novel by V. C. Andrews

 

1980’s

The Polar Express Book by Chris Van Allsburg

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Book by Michael Rosen

Possum Magic Book by Mem Fox

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

 

1990’s

The Rainbow Fish Book by Marcus Pfister

Goosebumps series by R L Stine with nearly 200 books

2000’s

Harry Potter by A K Rowling

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I recently attended an author signing event where I asked this very question here are what these author had to say on this subject.

 

Anne Gracie - Enid Blyton  Adventure series and Georgette Heyer books inspired her to write Regency Romances.

 

Fiona McArthur - Modesty Blaise (Modesty Blaise series) for the heroines and the win of good over evil with a little of romance and this was the style of writing she dreamed she could write.  It was her father how put her onto this author.  She also read most of Madeleine Brent books.

 

Melanie Page -  Scarlet pimpernel and Enid Blyton books read many of them, also love anything British she could get her hands onto.  There was not a lot of book in her house growing up but she makes the most of what she could.

 

Tracey Pedersen - The Little Woman and the Narnia books where her favourite growing up.

 

Charlotte Nash - Charlotte was horse crazy when she was younger, she loves to read the Jinny series by Patricia Leitch as they were Celtic magical and very Scottish.

 

Alyssa J Montgomery -  Anne of Green Gables and Enid Blyton (Secret Seven & Adventure series) her lovely sisters told me a very funny story of her inspirations after reading the Adventure series but I promised not to tell.  Mum the word. 

 

Elisabeth Carter - Nancy Drew age of 8 a great fun girl story that made her want to be a detective when she grows up.

 

Jennie Kew - Beatrix Potter Jemima puddle duck make her fall in love with reading at a very young age.

 

R Linda - Goosebumps and the baby sitters club as a young girl than as she was a bit older it was the Twilight and Harry Potter that go her reading again.

 

Keri Arthur - The Silver Brumby series by Elyne Mitchell.

 

Celeste Bradley - Age for she read and loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

 

J M Adele -  She had a large book of Fairy-tales with many different stories' inside and until recently she still has this book kept by her mother for her until the floods took it away with the rising water.  A book I can tell was very important and special to her.

 

Kathryn Celeste - Snow white the real version by Jacob Grimm which is very different than the Disney version we most know of.

 

Megan Love - Fairy-tale where her love as her mother would read to her, the whole family were readers so books were always around the house growing up.  Chinky Takes a Parcel By Enid Blyton was one of her favourites.

 

Kendall Talbot - “Flowers in the Attic” was Kendall’s first novel that makes her know that the written words were for her.

 

Tania Jayce - Anne of Green Gables by  Lucy Maud Montgomery and Young black stallion by Walter Farley.

 

Beth Prentice - Beth can remember the enjoyment that the Adventure series by Enid Blyton brought her and made her want to read.

 

Leesa Bow - Old Yeller by Fred Gipson was the first book to make Leesa cry and to have the words cause a very powerful effect on her.

 

Emma James - Anything written by Enid Blyton was what Emma and her sister would read young girls she believes she read most of the author's books.

 

Louise Foster - The Sword of Shannara Trilogy was the books that Louise starting reading in her late  20’s after finding out she needed glasses and the world and words become clearer.

 

Susan Horsnell - As a child Susan read and enjoyed “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” but in her teens years she fell in love with “Gone with the wind” by Margaret Mitchell and all the wonderful characters in this book.

 

Sarah Williams - This Calder Range by Janet Dailey with its cowboys and romance was the book to start Sarah love of books to go with her love of Horses.

 

Caitlyn Lynch - The Dark is Rising Series was the books at the age of 11 that had Caitlyn loving books.

 

Susanne Bellamy - Enid Blyton as well a Reader's Digest (kids version) that her dad would buy for her was how she fell in love with reading and books.

 

Noelle Clark - Secret of the Blue Grotto by Kelman Frost it was the love of this island (Island of Capri )that has made her visit the real place twice and as well write a series about the Island called “Rosamanti”.  She also told me the authors family contacted her about her book as they found out she was writing about the Island of Capri.

 

Khloe Wren - Khleo had a bad experience in year 12 called grade 12 English that stopped her from reading for many years until she found Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by JR Ward.  She told me that at the age of Seven she had to get special permission from her parents to borrow Stephen King from the Library.

 

T M Clark - Jock of The Bushveld by J Percy FitzPatrick was about a Boy who went to seek his fortune with his bull-terrier.  At the age of around 14 she found Mills and Boons book and was hooked on romance and read a very many of the books for some time.

 

Suzi Love - Suzi had a very nice story to tell me about her falling in love with romance.  She was inspired to write after she read Amanda Quick as she just loved her books.  She entered a writing contest and the judge said that her work reminded them of Amand Quick she was so surprised and took the compliment and kept on writing and publishing her books.  She was lucky to meet her Idol at an author signing event to which she also had a table right next to her.  All her dreams come true.

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