A group of UKYA bloggers have come together to celebrate World Book Day with a mini blog tour, releasing throughout the day, of our favourite childhood reads! I’ve thought long and hard about how I was going to lay out this post, and I’ve decided to share with you some of my favourite books from different stages of my childhood.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (trans. J. Alison James)
My mum is a primary school teacher, so I’m sure you can imagine that my childhood was filled with books and literature enrichment. My parents encouraged my reading from a young age, and I got to really appreciate this when my cousin was born. She was almost a little sister to me, and so I really got to experience what they would have been like with me, though I was (obviously) too young to remember.
The Rainbow Fish is the picture book which I have the most vivid memory of. I’ve always been a water-baby and I feel like having a book about a fish was probably the best way to get through to me. This book still shares a special place in my heart now.
The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton
I remember my parents buying me the big, fat omnibus collection of this from Costco one day and I never put it down until I finished it. I’m pretty sure this was post-Potter for me, I must have been between 8-10 when I read them but they came back to me for years afterwards. I performed a scene from Dame Slap’s school for Speech and Drama in year 5 and I think this was one of the earliest examples of me properly losing myself in a fantasy world.
I’ve often considered trying to re-read these stories, but I’ve heard they don’t age well and I’m reluctant to ruin my memories of this fantastical series.
MIDDLE GRADE BOOK
Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson
I, like most young British girls, read a hell of a lot of Jacqueline Wilson. I’m sure by now, you’ve seen a considerable amount of her books in the others’ posts, but here’s one from me.
This is the book of her that stuck with me the most, I believe it was one of the first books I reread multiple times. This book is a really early (2003) example of mental health representation in YA and MG and I remember relating so much to Violet.
TEEN / YOUNG ADULT BOOK
CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore
This was my older brother’s favourite series and due to my love of all things spy and James Bond, I stole them all and devoured them when I was in year 6. I reread them again during my GCSEs and I plan to do so again very soon!
This series is about an eleven year old boy whose mother dies and is about to be taken into care, but is instead recruited to an intelligence agency which trains children to be spies. I adore it.
OLDER YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
This is cheating really because I spend a lot of my last years at school either not reading, or constantly re-reading Harry Potter. So this is a book that I wish had been published when I was 16, so that I could have been obsessed with it at a younger age and enjoyed it for longer, though I’m sure I will adore these characters forever.
If you don’t know what this story is about, then it’s basically a bunch of morally grey older teens stuck in dodgy life situations who end up planning a heist on the fantasy equivalent of Fort Knox. It is fantastic.