S4S – Children’s books I love

Six for Sunday is run by Steph over at A Little But A Lot.

This weeks six for Sunday is all about your favourite Children’s books. I’ve been a reader from an early age so I might have some trouble narrowing this down to just 6!

There is something magical about Children’s fiction, there’s a freedom in it to be as creative as you want because, while as adults we can be overly critical, children have the unwavering ability to believe anything is true as long as it is put across in the right way. This post will focus on my top 6 books/series, ( I’m cheating here, because picking 6 books will be way too hard) who I feel created the most magical of worlds and characters, so much so that I still enjoy reading most of these now.

The Harry Potter series – J K Rowling

I had the honour of reading these books when they were first released, and my love for them has only grown with age. Rowling mixed the magical with the mundane so seamlessly that I doubt there was a child in the world who, after reading the first book, didn’t eagerly anticipate their Hogwarts Letter. Even though I regularly re-read this series they never cease to loose their magic.

Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

I only recently discovered this series, so even though they are classed as children’s books, I first read them as an adult. These books are amazingly witty, adventurous and heartbreaking. The characters are so easy to relate to, and I found myself reading the whole Percy Jackson series in less than a week. I can say with certainty that I will picking up anything Rick Riordan writes after reading these books.

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl

This is my favourite Roald Dahl book by far and I have such fond memories of it as a child. I loved Dahl’s writing style and how his books were brought to life by the illustrations of Quentin Blake. He wrote some truly amazing books, from Matilda and Danny the Champion of the World to the Twits, and I still enjoy sitting down and reading his books today.

The Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman

This is a series that suits both child and adult readers. There are plenty of lessons to be learned for all ages, and I delved into Lyra’s Oxford head first. I remember being insanely jealous of her Daemon, and wanted nothing more than to have my own little animal sidekick. Pullam writes such a beautiful and intricate world, and I am eagerly anticipating the BBC adaptation.

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

I remember chasing every white rabbit I could find after reading this book, determined to find my way into Wonderland. I loved the manic and slightly bizarre nature of the writing, you were never sure where the story would take you next and I lived for the uncertainty. I’ve read a few retelling’s of this since and though I have enjoyed them, nothing has lived up to the original.

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

I loved this book, even if I am terrified of spiders. This is another book that I have read and both a child and and adult and feel that there are many lessons to be learned from this book, such as accepting people for their difference’s, and friendships and bonds are formed in the unlikeliest of places.

So that’s my top 6! Do you agree with any of my selections, or feel there are some I may have missed off? Let me know in the comments.


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