Sunday, 3 April 2016

The 15 unforgettable books every child should read
Chance is crawling over to my childhood favourite, so good I have 2

I'm more Dr Seuss, "the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go" than Margaret fuller,today a reader, tomorrow a leader'.
Yet, both are true!

Today is International Children's Book Day 2016, and I'm awash with nostalgia, as I sit on the bed waiting for Chance to wake up, so I can read him my childhood favourites.
His attention span may be incredibly short, but I'm sure changing my voice each time will help.

Can you remember what your childhood favourites were? My favourite was Each Peach, Pear Plum.
I remember sitting on the carpet of Mrs Hill's class, next to my childhood friends Aimee and Cherene, and bobbing along, 'each peach, pear plum, I spy Tom thumb'...all that bobbing meant that to this day, I can still recite the Ahlberg classic from memory.

For MrL, it's We’re going on a bear hunt except the Swedish Mora Träsk's, Tigerjakten version with all the actions and sounds.

I'm going to put it out there, I never really got into Harry Potter. GASP!!!
The first book came out when I was in year 4 or 5, and I remember my best friend Sarah racing several boys to the bookshelf, whilst I just stared at them incredulously, thinking yep, that book just doesn't look as good as my Jacqueline Wilson Illustrated Mum.

With each book, I can most probably give you a memory attached to it, which is why for my work baby shower (you do need 2, one's never enough) the theme of the gift list was children's books.

To celebrate Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, on this International Children’s Book Day, below are a few books that should be on every child's bookshelf, to inspire and create memories.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all."
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Each Peach Pear Plum, one copy is over 20 years old

by Janet & Allan Ahlberg, Puffin
by Rod Campbell, Campbell Books
by Eric Carle, Puffin
by Eric Hill, Puffin
by Judith Kerr, HarperCollins Children's Books
by David McKee, Andersen
by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury, Walker Books
by Dr Seuss, HarperCollins Children's Books
by Roald Dahl, Puffin
by Michael Bond, HarperCollins Children's Books
by Jean De Brunhoff, Egmont
by Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch, Frances Lincoln
by Astrid Lindgren, Oxford University Press
by A A Milne, Egmont Books
by E B White, Puffin

Have I missed any books off? Let me know in the comments.
SAL xx



  1. This is a great list, I used to love reading and I have pretty much read all the books on this list.

    Zeynab :)
    The Beauty Load

    1. Thanks Zeynab! Yes these books bring back quite a few memories, and I have dupes! SAL x

  2. Nice list!


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