Here’s Our Favourite Kids Books
With it being #LiteracyMonth, we got to talking about our favourite kids books from our childhood. It turns out we all have a diverse mix of childhood favourites, but the common trend amongst all of us is that we were big into books when we were young.
It’s always been known that reading is a great activity to stimulate and encourage learning in children, and a link has been found between those children who are read to from an early age and how well they do in school and later on in life.
In fact, we encourage you read to your children as early as possible. Reading to your children from a young age will will help them with literacy, and it will encourage independent reading (both as youngsters and in later life). Although for many of us, we don’t think about this. We simply recall the great memories of quality time spent with our noses in a book.
Your favourite books can be some of the fondest memories as a child, memories that you cherish for years to come.
Many of us will remember trips to the library to pick out new books, and our parents reading to us before bed. I’m sure just like us, you’d plead for “just one more page please mummy” as the gripping tale of a monster, or princess, dog, alien, or wand toting boy overcame unique challenges upon their epic adventure.
To prove this, we asked our team what their favourite kids book was as a child, and why they remember it so well.
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
Charlotte Hopkins, Happy Nest
My favourite kids book was The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. I read it myself when I was around 8/9 after I got it handed down to me by my older sister. She gave me all the Jacqueline Wilson books when she finished reading them, but The Story of Tracy Beaker was my favourite. It was fun, crazy, funny, sad and random all at the same time. I became particularly obsessed after watching the TV show. This was the book that started my addiction to buying and reading a whole collection of books. I still have a whole collection of Jacqueline Wilson books, including The Story of Tracy Beaker, and must admit I have watched the TV show in recent years. Sadly, I don’t read books as often any more but I still have a big collection.
Neuza Morais, Staff Blogger
My favourite kids book was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I loved it as it was so easy to read, yet so powerful! I first read it when I was about 8 years old and liked it, but it was around the age of 17/18 that I re-read it and could understand the meaning more deeply. I actually picked it up last week at the library to read it to T and Sofia… I cried!
My favourite quote is, “and now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“I’m pretty sure the book is still somewhere in my parents house. I still love to read now, I just wish I had more time to do so.’”
Dad’s Mouse Stories
Tess Batley-Moss, Nanny & Family Consultant
Reading was always important in our household growing up, and as I got older I would always read to my younger brother and sister too. We would love the Mr Men books and Peter Rabbit, and as I got older I loved Jacqueline Wilson, Goosebumps and Harry Potter.
My parents were great at encouraging us to use our imagination. I remember mum sitting down with us to draw our favourite characters from books, and my dad used to come up with the BEST ‘mouse stories’. He really should get them published.
The mouse stories were always top of the list when we requested a bedtime story; dad would make them up on the spot. These were about a mouse that would get into mischief. They would change each time and might involve Mrs Mouse, Mr Mouse or children mice. Mr or Mrs Mouse might be in work or the children mice in school and it would just involve some funny adventure of the day. We must have been really young when they started and they lasted years and years, probably right through primary school, we still talk about them now.
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Books, imagination and storytelling were always encouraged both at home and in school. It must have impacted me as I’ll always read now. I love curling up on a rainy day with a Spotify playlist, coffee, and a good book!
Emily Moran, Marketing Intern
One of my favourite kids books when I was around 3 years old was called We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. I used to read it with my Mum, I liked it because it was very interactive and involved lots of actions and singalongs. Unfortunately I don’t think I have a copy anymore, I feel as though it may have been passed down to my siblings. Reading was very important when I was younger, both to encourage learning and also as an important part of spending time and bonding with family. I still read and buy books now, although mostly only when I go on holiday. I can usually get through at least 4 books in a week when I’m abroad.