World Book Day 2018 – My Favourite Children’s Books!

Hey lovelies! Seen as it was World Book Day yesterday and I’m snowed in today I thought I’d write an extra post for the blog! I first saw this kind of post on Kate’s blog and thought it was a great idea! I’m quite lucky that my day job is actually working with children so I still get to read some of the books I loved as a child and I also get to read the new ones!

My Favourite Books for Preschoolers!

The Gruffalo and Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson – these books weren’t actually out when I was a child but I’ve come to love them throughout my career, don’t get me wrong I love most of the books Julia Donaldson writes I think they’re amazing and the children absolutely love them but these two are definitely my favourites!


The Large Family by Jill Murphy – this collection of books were firm favourites when I was a child! I remember my mom reading them to me and my brother on a number of occasions. They are about an elephant family and I really enjoyed them, they were always a great bedtime read and quite humorous too!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – this was another one of my favourite books when I was a child and it is a classic! The children at work still love it now and I’m sure in 50 years it will still be one of the greatest children’s books! My Fiance’s family have never been into reading but I’m sure any book lovers can imagine my shock when I mentioned this book to him and he told me he’d never read it! I soon went and found our copy out and made him read it haha!

Some of my other favourites were:

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

My Favourite Books aged 6 Upwards

My Secret Unicorn Collection by Linda Chapman – I absolutely adored these books growing up, I think I must have bought every single one in the collection and used to read them all the time!

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – we’ve always had all of the Roald Dahl books in our house and although I haven’t read all of them I’ve read a few! George’s Marvellous Medicine was always my favourite, it made me laugh and I remember going to see it at the theatre with my primary school class and it was amazing, it made me love it even more!

Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson – I’m sure most girls that are around my age grew up reading Jacqueline Wilson books!  I actually went to my local theatre to meet Jacqueline Wilson when I was younger and I think I read nearly all of her books which came out until I was around 13. I don’t know what it is about Candyfloss but it’s one of the ones which I always remember!


The Twins at St Clare’s by Enid Blyton – Enid Blyton is another children’s author who made so many amazing books! The Twins at St Clare’s books were first published in 1941 and I actually started reading them because my mom read them when she was a child and told me how good they were.


Heidi by Johanna Spyri – I have to include this book in here as it is one of my mom’s all time favourite books and I remember her reading this to me as my bedtime story, we’d read one chapter a night until we finished it!


Some of you are probably wondering how I wrote a ‘Favourite Children’s Books’ post and didn’t include the Harry Potter books but as much as I love them I didn’t read them until I was a lot older, I read the first 3 when I was around 13 and then I re-read them and finished the whole collection when I was about 17!

I have to thank my mom so much for always reading to me from such a young age and getting me into reading, I know lots of people haven’t been brought up to read but it is one of my favourite hobbies and it is something that has always been there throughout my life!

I hope you enjoyed this post, did you read any of these when you were a child? What’s your favourite book you read when you were younger? Let me know in the comments! 



33 thoughts on “World Book Day 2018 – My Favourite Children’s Books!

  1. Candyfloss was one of the first Jacqueline Wilson books I read and I loved it so much – it really got me into reading!
    We’re going on a bear hunt and the tiger who came to tea are such classics. Love the selection you chose…this post makes me feel so nostalgic 😊

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  2. I love reading to my boys, we read a book every night before bed and have just finished reading the first Harry Potter book in the new illustrated format to my eldest. 😀 – Great list, going to scoot some of these out and add them to our ever-growing library.

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  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will always be such a classic! The Tiger Who Came To Tea was also one of my faves 🙂
    I went through a stage as an early teenager when I wouldn’t read anything but Jacqueline Wilson, I haven’t seen any of her books in a long time though, how nostalgic!
    Thanks very much for sharing, hun 🙂

    Jessica xo /

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  4. Lovely post Jess! 💖 This brought back so many happy childhood memories of reading Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books! I agree with you George’s Marvellous Medicine was such a fun story, I really enjoyed James and The Giant Peach and the BFG too! Thanks for sharing! 😘 xx

    Bexa |

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  5. I remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a child and George’s Marvellous Medicine. I reread that one last year and I’m going to slowly reread my way through some of the other Roald Dahl books too. He’s such a great children’s writer.

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  6. Great post. I love books! George’s marvellous medicine was always one of my faves as a child. Jacquline Wilson was my favourite when I got a bit older, double act was my fave! Xx

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  7. Love this post! I always struggle of thinking of children’s books. I think I didn’t read many when I was younger because I started reading WAY above my age at about 6 XD (I think I read James Herbert at 8? OMG) So I love reading posts like this.


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