April is all about Kids Lit on Six For Sunday! I missed last week’s because I was away and not organised enough to get it scheduled before I left! Today I’m looking back into the distant past and sharing some of my favourite childhood books!
Books From My Childhood
I’ve always been a big reader, I was reading before I started school and more often than not if you came looking for me you would find me with a book in my hand. Narrowing this down to just six options – was so difficult and there are some major books from my childhood are missing from my list, books like Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s not that these weren’t hugely important books in my childhood (and beyond) I’m just trying to shine a light on some slightly lesser known books.
The Sophie Books – Dick King-Smith
I can’t remember how I stumbled across the Sophie books but I do remember absolutely loving them! I had the first three books compiled together in one edition and then bought the remaining three books separately. I loved the fact Sophie was a bit of a tomboy, that she loved animals and wanted nothing more than to be a farmer. She was just a great funny character and I loved how the series ended!
Thomas The Tank Engine – The Rev W. Awdry
Thomas The Tank Engine was such a huge part of my childhood! I borrowed so many of the books from the library on my regular visits, my parents bought me the annual every year to go in my stocking and then one year for my birthday they bought me the complete collection as a single hardback book. It was beautiful and I still have it.
The Railway Cat – Phyllis Arkle
Growing up I was a little bit obsessed with trains (see above). This series combined my love of trains with cats, everything 7 year old me could possibly want! Alfie’s exploits were a joy to read – he was one adorable, troublesome and heroic wee cat!
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
I was seven when I first read The Secret Garden. I remember it so clearly because my year two teacher recognised that the books in our classroom weren’t challenging me enough and so brought her own copy in from home for me to borrow. It was certainly challenging, particularly reading the Yorkshire accent but I loved every second. I went on to read A Little Princess as well and my mum bought me the films to watch.
That teacher – Miss Dunn as she was – had such a huge impact on me, and I will never forget that one gesture she made to continue to encourage me. I even still have a ginger cat soft toy at my mum’s house named Marmalade after her actual cat!
My Naughty Little Sister – Dorothy Edwards
My grandma had a hardback volume that contained several if not all of the stories. It was one of my very books to read when I was younger, the central character was always getting into mischief and was so fun to read! I’m also going to give shout outs to Peter Rabbit and The Tales From Brambly Hedge which were other common reads at my grandparents.
The Josie Smith Books – Magdalen Nabb
The Josie books were so fun to read growing up, although I didn’t read every book in the series Josie kept me amused even if Eileen probably would have driven me insane! I’m also going to mention The Worst Witch here because I remember reading them around the same time and loving them as well! Also both series were made into TV shows that I remember watching.
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!