Happy Sunday Bibliofriends,
It’s a brand new month and a brand new theme today on Six For Sunday and this November we are celebrating all things Children’s Books! As a child I loved kids’ books, as an adult I still love kids’ books and as a teacher I still love and use kids’ books to try and inspire the children in my class to love reading as much as I did. I think it’s amazing to see the differences of how the whole genre has changed and adapted with the developments in our modern-day societies compared with the type of books that were about when I was a child.
For those who don’t already know, Six for Sunday is weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But A Lot.
Books From My Childhood
The Witches by Roald Dahl
This was one of my favourite children’s books ever. Clearly my love of fantasy was trying to show itself early! The way Roald Dahl convinced you that ‘real witches’ were just ordinary women mixing around you so you had to look super closely to spot them – pure childhood horror! I thought the 1990 film with Angelica Housten as the Grand High Witch was so uber scary that it would give me nightmares, especially the witch with the purple eyes who tried to lure Luke out of the treehouse with the snake. I have such fond memories of it that I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the new The Witches movie coming out soon – even if Anne Hathaway does look freakishly incredible as the Grand High Witch. Watch this space!
The Wizziwig Series by Gerladine McCaughrean
I wrote in a previous post about how I would spend some time after-school sat in the children’s section of the library whilst my Mum was doing some research for her coursework. Whilst sat in that beautifully colourful, amazing space, I came across a set of books by Gerladine McCaughrean about a witch (another witch…!) called Wizziwig. Those books were so enjoyable. There was one about a crazy cooker, one about a wacky weather machine, one about a singing car but my absolute favourite that I would read again and again was Wizziwig and the Sweet Machine. I loved Wizziwig so much I wanted to grow up and be her when I was an adult! 😂
Care of Henry by Anne Fine
Another one of my childhood library loves! This books was so adorable – it’s about a boy who has to choose which neighbour or relative to stay with whilst his Mum is in hospital having a baby. He practically interviews each one to see who will look after him and his dog the best. It really showed the boy’s love for his dog and was such an endearing read.
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
When we were in Y6 at school, we were able to spend out lunchtimes in the ‘common room’ which was a drama studio doubling up as our music room and library. It was right at the top of the school so was fondly named The Treetops and it has this WALL of books! I’d often sit there an enjoy picking my next read. One of the series I loved reading was The Demon Headmaster. I loved school so much (clearly as I now still spend my day-to-day life in them!) and the idea of reading a series about life in a school was so fun. We also had a headmaster who could be pretty demonic at times so we would sometimes try and work out whether he was the Demon Headmaster in disguise! I’m also pretty sure I’ve been to Gillian Cross’ house but my memory of it is getting much hazier the older I get!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
So asides from becoming Wizziwig the Witch, another childhood ambition was to go and live in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory just like Charlie Bucket – I mean… The Chocolate Room is absolute heaven on earth right?! I’d never have to live anywhere else again. The mentions of snozzcumbers and drinks that can make you fly, ever-lasting gobstoppers!! This book was a sweet-tooth’s dream and I think it was the first time I’d ever read something by Roald Dahl as an independent reader. It really does hold a special place on my bookshelves.
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
As a child, I was so fortunate to have a Dad who would read me a bedtime story every single night. The one I remember the most was Heckedy Peg. It’s about children who get kidnapped by a witch when their mother goes to market to get more food. The witch turns the children into food and make the mother guess which of her children is which food to try and break the spell. It’s quite a clever story and I loved the illustrations.
Which books are some of your childhood favourites?
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