Following on from my first childhood favourites post, here are some more of the treasured books which I adored when I was small.
Noddy by Enid Blyton – Even my younger sister, who categorically does not read, enjoyed these books when she was little, so that says a lot about how adorable they are. The cartoon was a favourite of ours. There are many books in the series, and I am sure that they are likely to charm adults just as much as children.
The Magic Faraway Tree, Up the Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – It goes without saying that these books are absolutely delightful. The pleasure and peril within the tales has been wonderfully balanced, and I still absolutely love them now. The same goes for Blyton’s marvellous Wishing Chair stories. All of the books are filled with the most wonderful characters which a child could hope to meet. Favourites of mine are the lovely Silky and the marvellously grumpy Moon Face.
The Famous Five and Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton – Filled with adventure. A lot of my copies of the Famous Five date from the 1930s and 1940s, and I have had the greatest fun of late re-reading the lovely Secret Seven boxset of books which I received for Christmas.
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond – Paddington, that marmalade-loving, macintosh-wearing ball of fluff, is one of the most charming bears in literature. He is always off having adventures, and each story in the series is written to be treasured. I don’t think I will ever grow up when there is children’s literature like this in the world.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs – So delightful, and a story which I happily revisit every Christmas Eve.
Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley – I was always enchanted by little Millicent-Margaret-Amanda (you can see why she has a nickname, can’t you?) when I was little, and I loved reading about the lovely things she did in her little village.
Babar by Jean de Brunhoff – My Mum loves these stories just as much as I do. Babar is the loveliest of elephants, and his family is absolutely adorable. The illustrations and tales which de Brunhoff has created are an utter delight.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – This is one of the first films which I ever remember watching, and it has remained my favourite ever since. I think I have read this book about a dozen times already, and I still find it absolutely enchanting. You can find my full Secret Garden review here.
Hushabye by John Burningham – I was a little too old for this book when I read it, but I did so to a baby cousin of mine, and was absolutely charmed by the simple, lullaby-esque story and the beautiful watercolour illustrations. I did love Burningham’s work when I was little myself, and he was lovely to revisit when I was a little older.
Percy the Park Keeper by Nick Butterworth – I absolutely loved these tales and the accompanying cartoon. A particular favourite of mine was One Snowy Night.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – To say that I was obsessed with this book when I was small is not an understatement. I absolutely loved it, and now, quite a few years on, I own a lovely Hungry Caterpillar mug and set of badges.