This week I began my teacher-training course. In a year’s time, I will be a fully-fledged teacher and hopefully in real employment, which is both amazing and terrifying! So today I had a wonderful day mostly studying English and children’s books, and learned (kinda!) how to get children interested in books.
If Heaven exists, a pocket of mine will be like those seminars.
But it got me thinking: what were the books I loved as a kid? What inspired me the most? And also, what are all of your favourite childhood books?
And where did my thinking end?? With a list of course! So here you have it- Charlotte’s favourite childhood books/series/authors: (In no particular order)
4. Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. They lost their way after 20 books or so and a few ghost writers later, but in the beginning this was a gripping series with strong characterisation and a unique, SciFi premise. It was also a great way to learn about animals.
6. The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh. These are probably not that well known but they are an amazing gem of a series about a family of life-size rag dolls magically come to life, that try to live in secret without being discovered by the real world. The twist in the first book is brilliant and the character of Soobie (who is completely blue, so can never leave the house) has left a lasting impression. If you’ve ever read the A Song of Ice and Fire series, he’s a little bit like a child friendly version of Tyrion.
7. Jacqueline Wilson books. I loved The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Suitcase Kid, Double Act, and The Lottie Project. These books introduced me to a world I knew little of, but to be honest I was thinking less about that and more about just how engrossing the stories were. They always involved strong, first-person female narrators and wonderful complementary illustrations by Nick Sharratt.
Harry Potter and Just William I’ve mentioned in other posts so I won’t repeat my adulation for them in this one. His Dark Materials, although loved, I read in my teens, so I won’t put it on this list either. There are many, many more I could have written about, but I had to stick to my absolute favourites or otherwise it wouldn't be: 'Charlotte's favourite books' but: 'books Charlotte read as a child' which would have made an extremely long list!
So how about you? What childhood books do you remember fondly?