Monday, 6 March 2017

Cherished Childhood Books


I've always enjoyed reading, even if I wasn't the most 'well read' and can fondly remember being on the year above's level of 'The Magic Key', Biff and Chip books in school or nursery at around 4 years old.
I remember library visits where I had my own little library card and could rifle through the children's box shelf thingys, then be pretty chuffed checking them out and getting to read them at home.
There are also a small, but important group of stories that I will always cherish from my earlier reading days. Here are some of them...


Puppy Patrol by Jenny Dale (aka Linda Chapman)
Probably the most memorable to me is the Puppy Patrol series by Jenny Dale. If you hadn't guessed from the title, they were about dogs ahah. With around 40-50 books in the series, they kept me busy for a little while but were also rather entertaining adventures for children's books (if I remember rightly).
A funny fact that I'll never forget is talking about them for some show and tell or report or something in first school, where the teacher thought I'd said 'Jelly Deel', instead of Jenny Dale. Everyone thought it rather hilarious! A bit random to stick in my memory considering I haven't a great one to begin with!
Despite being short at less than 150 pages each, I would love to read through them again and, from memory, thoroughly recommend them for people who have animal loving kids - if you can get your hands on them!

Noddy by Enid Blyton
Man I loved Noddy! The show, the books, Noddy was awesome. 


Room 13 & The Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindells 
Not a series, but a book with two stories in one - or so my copy was. Room 13 and The Nightmare Stairs were my first real introduction into the 'Horror' genre and I think it's safe to say Mr Swindells is to thank for capturing my heart for all things freaky, creepy and weird. He is of course, an award-winning author and doesn't need bigging up in the slightest anyway, but man I love these books!!
Room 13 is also set in Whitby which is awesome as it's always cool to be able to picture the places described when you've been there before.

The Mermaid by Lucy Kincaid
This was one that I didn't realize was in my memories until I saw it at my parents. I now vividly remember flipping through the pages, completely taken in by the beautiful illustrations (by Lynne Willey) and sucked in by the magical mermaid story. This, as well as the Fairytale movie were my first glances as 'mythical' creatures and I do still believe in them both fyi :)

Beatrix Potter Tales
Of course, this was when I was a little littley and I can't personally remember my first introduction, but tell me the name of a person my age who didn't love Beatrix Potter books! It's lovely to still have the special set from my childhood, the artwork is always beautiful to appreciate no matter your age.  Unfortunately, I am yet to read the 'new' story, The Tale of Kitty in Boots, that was released last year. Have you read it?


The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
'Duh' feels like a fitting statement to make here haha! I was late to the Harry Potter fandom, though still only 11 years old...so you could say I was right on time to get to Hogwarts. The first movie had come out in 2001 and for some reason, we were taken on a school trip to see it at the cinema. Before that, I hadn't heard anything about it...but after I'd see the movie I picked up the books and fell into the world head first, never to return.
After I completed the series up to date I waited and pre-ordered the next 3. This was the first time I had ever become so in love with a world that 'wasn't real' and (besides The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - which I had read to me, not read myself hence not being on the list) pretty much started my obsession with all things magical.

John Speirs' Margaret Wise Brown Treasury - 14 Classic Stories and Poems
Another similar to 'The Mermaid' in the fact that I only remembered it once I saw it again. As you can see it's a book of short stories and little poems, many about animals and nature. Looking back on it, you can see it was well loved as I've written my name and 'keep out' in the front cover as well as circled and 'highlighted' bits and pieces throughout haha.

Disney Wonderful World of Reading & Other Books
Lastly, what would this list be without Disney? Self-explanatory really. I've been watching, reading, playing, wearing, drawing, everything Disney since I was born.


I did, of course, read other things, but these are those that stick in my mind and mean a lot to me. Though probably with some missing. Did you read any of these as a child too? What was your favorite book to read back when you were young? Have you re-read it since? I plan to re-read some Robert Swindells and hopefully the Puppy Patrol books too! I've already re-read Harry Potter around 6+ times over the years but I will never get bored of reading them over and over haha!




24 comments:

  1. I used to have so many Noddy books. Like you I loved both books and the TV program. Another fond childhood book was Charlotte Web which my dad read to me so many times he must have known it by heard. I really need to reread it.

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    1. Eee really?! He was great wasn't he? And his little red and yellow car!
      Aww I have to admit I've still to this day never read that...the spider is probably the reason :P

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  2. Love this post and your photos Danielle. We were just talking about Childhood books the other day. We LOVE the reading books at school and hope they never change. When we were working back at our old primary school a few years ago, listening to the kids read about Biff and Chip was just the best. :) We loved the Enid Blyton books and also The Magic Faraway tree, that one was actually read to us at school, so we've never actually read it ourselves but we loved it. We have our own copies now, you know for our kids! :D We also love the Lucy and Tom books and Harry Potter of course. Ooh and the jolly Christmas postman, I still have that book at home. Last Christmas while home, we went into Waterstones and they had a whole section of books from our childhood that have been republished and kind of revamped. It was very nostalgic indeed! :) Love this idea!
    Kelly xxx

    www.theblossomtwins.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much Kelly!
      They are the best eh?! Nothing better than the books we grew up on and youth literature in general. I have to admit that I rarely read books intended for adults these days haha. Eee The Magic Faraway tree!! I forgot about that. Sure that was a school library read that one. Thats so sweet. It'll be so special to share with your kids! I was actually reading one of the Narnia books to the dog recently lol.
      Thanks so much for commenting. I'd love to see you guys do a similar post if you fancied!

      xo

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  3. There's so many classics here that I remember from my own childhood. Harry Potter is definitely up there and I've recently bought the Peter Rabbit collection. I also love the Famous 5 and got the entire book set at a bargain price in TK Maxx last year!!

    - Kate x
    A British Sparkle

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    1. Yay! We grew up at a great time for books haha. The famous 5 was another that I heard of, or read one or two but for some reason not the rest. Maybe I'll give them ago soon!

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  4. Oh my gosh Danielle! :) :) :) Biff and Chip, how I adore Biff and Chip! :p So many memories, I loved reading them at school! And yay for Noddy, I still have my Noddy annual, I loved him so much and the TV show too! :) This post makes me happy, kids books are the best! :) We loved Beatrix Potter too and the likes of The Magic Faraway tree and Lucy and Tom! :)

    Lucy xxx
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    1. Biff and Chip were the best eh? I think those books alone are what put me ahead at reading because I just wanted to get onto the next one haha!
      I've never really heard of many others who liked Noddy so it's so cool to hear people that did.
      Lucy and Tom I haven't heard of though...I'll have to look into them :P

      xo

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  5. Oh I also loved Harry Potter, like A LOT! I still am a bit obsessed to be honest! I also loved a series of unfortunate events :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, me too! My house is just all Disney and Harry Potter lol!
      I like the movie & tv series but stiiillll haven't read those. I need to.

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  6. Growing up my Mum used to read Beatrix Potter's Tales to me too, and I would watch the series whenever it was on TV. Jeremy Fisher was my favourite, as well Peter of course and Mrs Tiggywinkle, they're just lovely stories and I always remember watching and reading The Tailor of Gloucester at Christmas time too, it's one of my all time favourites so seeing them in your list here brought back a lot of memories! And I'd forgotten about Noddy too, I used to love Noddy! A lovely post Danielle, made me feel all nostalgic. - Tasha

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    1. Aww really? Yay for good old Beatrix <3
      Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it!!

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  7. Biff & Chip 😍 loved those books! My favourite books when I was slightly older was the Animal Ark series. 😄 Xx

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    1. Oh I remember those too, though I didn't read them. I can picture the covers haha.

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  8. Loved reading this! It's really amazing to relive some the memories when reading this blogpost. Well done!

    Marc | www.ohbuggerall.com

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  9. This was a lovely post to read! I loved the disney and beatrix potter books too! :D This makes me so nostalgic, I want to go and hunt down my old childhood books now :)

    VioletDaffodils
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    1. Thank you so much!! What would childhood have been without either of those eh? Oh you should! And I'd love to see/ hear about them :)

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  10. I really need to read Room 13. My eldest went on a school residential trip to Whitby and they all read it before they went! :D

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    1. Oh wow, they were brave! I wouldn't have wanted to go after reading it lol!

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  11. I remember being so obsessed with Harry Potter. My granddad bought me the first book, and thereafter he would pre-order me the next book in the series. And I would read it in 1-3 days after he put it in my hands! Haha. My favourite childhood book would have to be the Enid Blyton series - The Magic Faraway Tree. My godfather recently sourced me the books, and I'm definitely planning a re-read soon! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Enid Blyton seems to have been quite popular! I think I only read those at school though. Aw that's so cool. It'll be lovely to reread them!!

      xo

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  12. LOVE this post! I was OBSESSED with Enid Blyton and that is entirely responsible for my subsequent obsession with the mystery, whodunnit and historical crime genres! As a primary teacher, I often have excited conversations with children about books we mutually love, recommend books and learn about new ones they love. I read many children's books now so I can recommend them (and also because I just love them!)x

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    1. Thank you! It seems EB was very popular indeed! Aw it's nice to kow kids still enjoy books and aren't just passionate about Xbox ;) lol

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