Sylva Fae

Children’s book list

The lovely Lesley Hayes tagged me in a Facebook post requesting a list of ten books that had stuck with me and made an impact in some way. I looked at everyone else’s lists of sensible grown up titles, but times have changed and the majority of my daily reading time is reading out loud to my children. With that in mind, my list is of the books from my childhood that have continued to have an impact on my adult life. I look forward to reading them to my girls and watching them enjoy the stories I loved as a child. What started as a simple Facebook post became a moment of reminiscing. This is my list, in no particular order, each book holds a special place in my heart:

  1. The Lion,The Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis (and the rest of the series of course)
    Every child needs Aslan in their life.
  2. Alone in London, Hesba Stretton
    I found this book in my Nana’s old book box when I was about eight. It touched my heart, I forget the details of the story but the emotion remains.
  3. The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton (actually can I add all Enid Blytons? My guilty secret – I was a Blyton fan!)
    I have just read this trilogy to the girls but have to admit a childish giggle whenever I read about the exploits of Fanny and Dick!
  4. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
    My dad used to call me this as a child and I identify strongly with the scruffy, quirky Pippi. I’ve just started reading this to my eldest and she loves it.
  5. Carbonel, Barbara Sleigh
    This was just magical, the Harry Potter of my childhood.
  6. Jessamy, Barbara Sleigh
    This was one of the books that introduced me to the mystery, suspense genre that I still love reading today.
  7. Charlotte Sometimes, Penelope Farmer
    I can’t wait for my girls to be old enough, I might have to read this again myself.
  8. When Marnie Was There, Joan G. Robinson
    So enchanting, my own copy fell apart from being read so much.
  9. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
    Such lovely characters and a heart warming story of true friendship.
  10. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
    I found this in my aunt’s bookcase when I was supposed to be sleeping – I read the whole book under the covers with a little torch! (Sorry mum!)

    OK so I’ve never been very good at following rules … here are some more:

  12. Five Dolls in a House, Helen Clare
    I’d love to find this old book to read to my little ones. I’ve told them the stories from memory and they love them.
  13. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
    I have some bizarre memories of my dad acting out the wild things to make me giggle. Happy memories.
  14. Nurse Matilda, Christianna Brand
    This was made into the film Nanny McPhee but as usual the book was so much better.
  15. The Children of Green Knowe, Lucy M. Boston
    Looking back it seems such a strange story but I have a distinct memory of reading the first chapter of this sat cross legged on the floor of the library. I begged the librarian to let me take out all six in the series on my three book library card.
  16. The Borrowers, Mary Norton
    Many years ago I used to leave things for the Borrowers when I went to sleep, now my children do the same. Keeping the magic alive!

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