This is a wonderful idea from Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. Share one book a day on Twitter or Instagram. It also seems like a great plan to get me back into the blogging regularly frame of mind…
Choosing one favourite book from childhood is almost impossible. For a start, at what point of ‘childhood’ should I choose, I clearly remember books from ages six to sixteen and read many hundreds of books in that decade.
I could choose ones that I kept, but I only kept a handful and there were so many that I’ve since collected in charity shops for my children, in the covers that I remember from a child.
The picture book I always think of is Dogger by Shirley Hughes. I didn’t keep my own childhood copy (my mum gave the picture books away thirty years ago but I wish I had them all still), but I do have two copies signed for my daughters, plus a third copy that we actually read (one of several that we have more than one copy of – day 8 has a lot to choose from!)
I adored The Ordinary Princess by M M Kaye, and I kept the copy that I read from childhood, but as it had my sister’s name in I’ve since given it to her to read to her daughter (she loved it too) and bought a new copy for me and my daughters to read. I also loved the Narnia books, and the set we have is one that went through all my brothers and sister before I kept them – these books are three years older than I am.
I loved Roald Dahl, of course, but earlier than Dahl I loved Blyton. I have none of them now, but remember Cherry Tree Farm, and the Adventure stories as being my favourites, although I also remember Mallory Towers and The Famous Five. I could calculate in pounds, shillings, and pence just as easily as in decimal as a child despite being born after decimalisation. I never liked the modernised versions – 20p was not as romantic as two shillings, nor could it cover the amounts being bought in the book. Postal Orders! Oh, memories…
I could go on, but instead, here’s one that I would have loved as a child if it had been around then:
Hilda and the Black Hound: Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books, 2014)
We’ve only just been introduced to the Hilda books, but based on the one we’ve read I would have adored these. A world where magical creatures are real. Stories told in pictures, with a girl child lead. Oh, I would have loved these so much. I love them as an adult, but as a child these would have been the best books ever.
Disclosure: Hilda and the Black Hound received for review from Flying Eye Books