Favourite Childhood Books

Isla absolutely loves reading books. She has so so many of them. A massive wicker basket, overflowing with books. And we still get some out of the library every now and again too! She seems to go through phases as to what is her favourite book to read. From books about counting, or first words, to proper stories, then back to books that simply have pictures in.

I loved reading as a child, and still do, but I never seem to have the time these days. It got me thinking as to what my favourite book was as a child. I think as a small child my favourite book was The BFG by Roald Dahl. As with all Roald Dahl books the good guys win in the end, which is a necessity in all children’s books in my opinion. And I loved the though of a giant hiding out in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, and then having breakfast with the queen. Not forgetting dream catching!

When I was a bit older, my favourite book was Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, which is set in an alternate 21st century Britain, where the Crosses (Blacks) control the Noughts (Whites), focusing on two young children, one Nought and one Cross, who’s inter-racial friendship is very much frowned upon by society. Unlike The BFG, there is no happy ending to this book. There are two further books in the series, which carries on the story. It’s definitely worth a read for any young teenage reader.

As I often do, I turned to the wonderful blogging community to as them what their favourite childhood book was, and why. There is a fantastic mix of books here, so many I have read and enjoyed myself.

Favourite Childhood Books

Katy –  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I loved that it had a happy ending, there was chocolate (ha) and the book really sparked my imagination.

Emma –  The Twits because it just made me laugh… as did most of Roald Dahl’s books.

Stephanie The Faraway Tree, I really wanted to join them on their adventures!

Lyndsey The Magic Faraway Tree was always my favourite and I still have my copy now!

LucyThe Jolly Postman, I loved opening the letters inside the book. I now love reading it to my daughter

Karen Heidi. I loved the escapism it brought me.

Ally – Casey the Utterly Impossible Horse. It’s about a talking horse that goes to live with a boy. I loved it because I liked the idea that animals secretly talk but only to who they want to.

Hayley The Borrowers. My dad and I used to read it together before bed. I was convinced our house had borrowers in!

Favourite Childhood Books

Catherine I didn’t have one favourite but a series of books my mum bought over many many weeks. They were the Serendipity books by Stephen Cosgrove, with tales like Leo the Lop and Hucklebug. She got rid of ours years ago but I managed to get hold of about 20 of them for my son last year on Ebay. Can’t wait to relive my youth with him!

Tracey My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell … I visited Jersey Zoo (that he set up) and I bought the book there with my pocket money … I read it so many times. I wanted to be a vet and so I loved reading about the characters interaction with the animals. My daughter likes the book now!

Jenny – When I was 8 I read all of The Famous Five books, they were my inspiration at the time. I wanted to be an explorer!

BhavinGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. I loved Dahl’s descriptiveness in all of his stories. In this one, the idea of concocting a medicine was wonderful and a passive aggressive way of getting back at his grandma. I would have loved to make a medicine like that (not for anyone in particular though!)

Stacey – I absolutely loved Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers,’ series when I was a child. It made me wish I was at boarding school – which the stories made out to be one big adventure with your friends! It really was, for me, a beautiful account of friendship. Read that series over and over.

JenniSeacrow Island, by Astrid Lindgren. I read it every summer. I really wanted to live on a remote Swedish Island

Favourite Childhood Books

Pete Woof by Allen Ahlberg. I loved the idea of being able to turn into a dog. Strangely.

Kate Anne of Green Gables. Without a moment’s hesitation. I still listen to it as an audio book regularly now. It’s simply wonderful.

Siobhan I had 3 Enid Blyton books that were passed down to me from my mum amongst them was “The Magic of The Faraway Tree”. I absolutely adored this book! It’s such a creative and imaginative story! I particularly loved the eccentric characters and the different lands described at the top of the tree!

KimJust William by Richmal Crompton – I used to sit laughing at it – much to my parents amusement. I didn’t realise it was written by a woman till years later ….brilliant.

JemmaThe Mallory Towers series. I would read them so quickly we’d forever be at the library picking up the next one. I can’t wait to read them to my little girl when she’s older.

LauraWhen I was tiny there were two books I adored Cuckoo Bush Farm by Dick King-Smith and then a picture book called But Where’s The Green Parrot. Slightly devastated we lost our copy and it’s out of print!


I love that so many people love Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. They were firm favourites in our household when I was growing up, and I hope they will be with Isla when she’s a bit older. There’s a few books on this list however that I’ve never read, and some I’ve not heard of, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them and give them a read with Isla.

What was your favourite book at a child?

Favourite Childhood Books

Favourite Childhood Books


  1. BattleMum

    January 7, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for including us. I loved the Mallory Towers books too but in my early teens. Lovely to see what titles people loved!

  2. Kim Brockington

    January 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for including me! I recently bought a copy of Just William and it still makes me chuckle xxxx

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