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Our Favourite Books Growing Up

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Either in school or at home with your parents, you are taught to read from a very young age. There are some books from our childhoods that have stayed with us throughout our adult lives. Find out our favourite five books below.

Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen

Now, this was a strong favourite of ours growing up. Little Rabbit Foo Foo is the tale of a hilarious biker bunny who is wild and wicked. He likes nothing better than riding through the forest and bopping everyone on the head. From worms to tigers, no one is safe. But the Good Fairy comes along and warns Little Rabbit Foo Foo that she is not impressed.

This was a go-to book as a child; the rhymes combined with the amazing illustrations had us laughing out loud and we are certain it will have your young ones giggling too.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

A modern classic in children’s literature. This is the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare who are trying to express how much they love each other. This story has captivated adults and children alike.

This was a perfect bedtime story for us here at World of Books and it’s an excellent story to read as your children wind down.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

A clear winner of children’s fiction in the late 90s and early 00s, and continues to be one of our bestsellers! Lots of us grew up with The Harry Potter Series and joined Harry from his very first journey to Hogwarts up to his final battle with Lord Voldemort. The books gave many children an escape from the real world to find a home in Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

These books have now inspired many generations and will continue to spread magic around the world.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

These books were the next go-to series after Harry Potter, or at the same time, for the kids who read a lot like us!

A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the unpleasant adventures of the Baudelaire orphans. As children, we went along with Violet, Klaus, and Sunny as they dealt with their exceptional bad luck. We learnt lots of new words along the way and how grown-up doesn’t mean clever, and young doesn’t mean powerless.

Count Olaf, is the dastardly villain in this 13 book series and will do anything to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. If your children love Roald Dahl then these books will be a perfect next read.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

This series of novellas led many of us budding readers slowly into the spooky world of horror fiction. We trembled in terror at the thought that inanimate objects could become possessed by supernatural entities and try to harm us!

From 1992 to 1997, R.L. Stine published an incredible 62 books under the Goosebumps title. If you introduce these books to your own little readers, make sure you tuck them in tight at night and check under the bed for monsters!



Do you have a favourite children’s book that you have passed on down to your children? Tell us in the comments below.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Anthony Knights January 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome. A truly wonderful book that I still re read on an annual basis, despite my three score years and ten!

  • Reply Roger Bradbury April 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    An aunt and uncle used to give me The Rupert Bear Annual for Christmas every year, and I looked forward to it. Each one had several finely illustrated stories, and some sort of how to make article. There were also black and white magic painting pages; all I needed to do was to wet the page with a small paintbrush, and it amazingly turned into a colour picture.

  • Reply Liz Archibald March 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Little Women. I read it so much that I could recite parts of it by heart!

  • Reply Angela Howarth March 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    The House at Pooh Corner is still a favourite of mine even at 63. I still have the original copy that my beloved Dad gave to me in 1965. The pages are brown and falling out but it is still cherished.

  • Reply Susan Binfield March 27, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Swallows & Amazons oh how I wanted to be those children
    Susannah of the Yukon made me want to go there
    I know that’s two but there are so many more I could mention

  • Reply Caroline Clifford March 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Stig of the dump by Clive King. The book came alive for me and was the book I re read over and over – as well as anything by Enid Blyton. My parents didn’t have much money but my father loved books and I inherited that love of books too.

  • Reply Lisa March 28, 2020 at 1:59 am

    The Wind in the Willows,it was the first proper book my mum and dad ever bought me,I’ve loved to read regularly since them, especially when times are tough and I need to escape,my parents are no longer with me,and reading this always makes feel closer to them.like a warm hug wrapped all around me.

  • Reply sheena nelson March 28, 2020 at 4:45 am

    The House at Worlds End series by Monica dickens.
    I read them so many times and passed them down to so many other relations.

  • Reply Jo T March 28, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Lotta by Astrid Lindgren. We used to visit a library in Hampstead when I was at primary school and I would repeatedly take this book out. It’s about a little girl who was rather contrary and used to like to do things her own way! I changed schools at one point and the book was never returned to the library. It is a very prized possession!

  • Reply Helena March 28, 2020 at 9:19 am

    I loved the ghost of Thomas kemp by Penelope lively and a set of books that you could make your own adventure by turning to different pages however I cannot find them now I am a grown up! I also loved the snow kitten.

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