My favourite children’s books and authors

If you were to ask me what my all-time favourite book was, I would be in real trouble because I have lots of ‘favourites’. Here is a list of some of the great books I loved as a child:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis – those books include The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Silver Chair. If you’re looking for books that are exciting and full of adventure, these are the books for you! They are fantastic.
  • What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge – the stories of Katy Carr and her siblings. These are great. Can’t recommend them enough.
  • All the Mary Poppins books by P L Travers – so much better than the film!
  • All the Heidi books by Johanna Spyri – my mother put me on to these books and the What Katy Did books and I’ll be sharing them with my daughter, they are that good.
  • The Chronicles of Prydain books by Llloyd Alexander – includes The Black Cauldron. I read these during my First Year at Eastwood High School and couldn’t get enough of them. Fantastic adventure stories.
  • The Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton – marvellous for younger readers. I always wanted to be the children in the stories…going off to magical lands and meeting magical people.
  • Anything by Roald Dahl, although I particularly love The Witches.
  • 101 Dalmations by Dodi Smith. I also love her I Capture the Castle.
  • The Fox Busters by Dick King Smith – one of the first books I bought with my own pocket money!
  • Peter Pan by J M Barrie.
  • All the Beatrix Potter and AA Milne stories – I’m a huge Winnie the Pooh fan.
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I love Toad, he’s so funny.
  • All the books by E Nesbitt, but I loved The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Enchanted Garden the best.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – a bizarre book, but very enjoyable.

 I’m also a big fan of two more recent children’s writers: J K Rowling (I think her books are amazing) and Philip Pullman who wrote His Dark Materials trilogy (his books are really good).


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