Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
The topic for this week is: Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in X Genre
I normally go with young adult for these kinds of lists but I wanted to do something different. So the genre I’m choosing is Children’s Books. This is a list of the ten books that I read over and over (and over again!) when I was a child.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss – I memorized this book and recited it all the time. Part of the appeal may have been annoying my older brothers but this book was always a fun one for me.
The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base – If you’ve ever seen a Graeme Base book then I think you can understand why this book is on my list. The Eleventh Hour and Animalia have the most gorgeous illustrations. The story is entertaining too.
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter – The magical world of Peter Rabbit was always a favourite of mine. Great pictures and a funny story about animals and their secret lives. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle was always the one I wanted my mum to read to me the most.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline”
I think that’s all I need to say about Madeline….
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch – This book always made me a little sad… but I read it over and over anyway. I think it’s one of the first stories I remember reading with a kick-arse heroine. And plus – I think I would have preferred wearing a paperbag rather than a fancy dress any day!
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond – He’s from deepest, darkest Peru! And he wears wellingtons. Enough said.
Charlotte’s Web by EB White – The ending might be a little devastating but I love this book and love the friendship.
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montomery – I adored Anne. And her relationships with all the people she comes in contact with. Diana the best friend, Gilbert the boy who calls her Carrots and puts her pigtails in inkwells, her foster parents the Cuthberts and even Mrs Rachel Linde. I read the first few books over and over and would read them again now because they are lovely.
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd – I have a niece who is almost two and she loves being read to. I’ve read her so many books but my favourite ones to read to her are the Hairy Maclary ones. They are fun to read with great pictures and a fantastic rhythm.
There you have it. Ten of my favourite children’s books. Some you may have heard of, others maybe not. But they are all books I enjoyed and still enjoy as an adult. (Oh! And I just finished my list but anything by Enid Blyton goes on here too. From Noddy to the Faraway Tree to the Famous Five. My childhood was defined by her books and I can’t believe I forgot her!)