Today is World Book Day, which is an amazing day to celebrate the incredible invention of books for a good cause, Book Aid International. To celebrate 20 years of this special day, I’ve decided to get nostalgic and share five of my favourite children’s books that I absolutely adored when growing up.
The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author as a kid. In fact, she still is one I very much highly value. I had the whole collection of her books growing up, but it was a toss up between The Suitcase Kid and Vicky Angel being my favourite. Since I only had the audiobook of Vicky Angel, I’ve picked The Suitcase Kid as one to mention in my top five. I remember being so hooked on reading it, it may even be the first book I couldn’t put down. With the storyline focusing heavily on a family dividing, it gave me a real insight as to what it’s like to be a child dealing with a divorce. My parents divorced when I was a baby but managed to remain the best of friends, so I was quite lucky in that sense, so to read this story, I was really given an in depth insight as to what my fellow peers may have been going through at that age. This was definitely one of my favourite children’s books.
Withering Tights – Louise Rennison
This was perhaps my favourite book by Louise Rennison, despite her bestsellers being The Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series. I loved getting to know about Tallulah Casey, the bubbly 14 year old with a passion for acting and following her journey to Dother Hall for a summer of acting courses. The supporting characters are highly amusing and got me giggling quite a bit throughout the book. I had a passion for drama during the time I read this book, so it was exciting to be able to relate to the main character in that aspect and was a great teen read that I fell in love with instantly. Hearing about Louise Rennison’s recent passing broke my heart and brought back such fond memories of reading this book.
The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks
This is was more of a teen romantic story that later turned into an incredible film starring my childhood hero, Miley Cyrus. The novel comes from one of the world’s greatest storytellers, Nicholas Sparks, who is known for the best seller ‘The Notebook’. This story was aimed at a younger audience, which was perfect for my age group at the time of the release. The emotional rollercoaster of a story was a real page turner for me and while I was quite the introvert at this age, I felt like I was living my rebellious teenage life through the eyes of Ronnie. This book is something that has stuck by me for years as the heart wrenching storyline that begins midway through the novel ended up mirroring a real life incident for me. When I was stuck in despair and grief, I felt as though I could look back to how the main character dealt with such a similar situation to mine and gave me great comfort. I fell in love with the relationship of Ronnie and Will, a fictional couple I still highly admire to this day. I’d choose to read this book again in a heartbeat.
Miles To Go – Miley Cyrus
This was my first autobiography and was something I loved so dearly. Learning about the person you idolise is such an exciting and thrilling experience and it was highly intriguing to read my first autobiography. There were nuggets of wisdom that Miley gave to her fans from a child actor’s point of view and quotes that I have lived by for years later. Though Miley has definitely changed character since the release of the book written in her mid teens, I still adore the personality of Cyrus as a teenager and feel as though she had so much to offer to her fans and told life lessons that people from all backgrounds could learn from. Though my love for Miley has faded, this book still has a lot of importance to me and definitely impacted the person I was when I was her age.
Please, Mrs Butler – Allan Ahlberg
This book is probably the one I have most memories of. In year 4, my teacher – Miss Moses – would read us a poem from this book every day. We’d always have favourites that would be in high demand for her to read. She had such a personality which she put into when reading these poems which brought them to life. Year 4 was probably my favourite year in primary school and this book played such a big part of it. When Miss Moses sadly passed away a few years ago, I was devastated. So, in her memory, I decided to buy this book and read it for myself. Her voice and impressions played through my mind as if it were only yesterday as I read page by page. It was so entertaining to have this book growing up and made school that little bit more interesting. It was a real treat to get to listen to these poems and practically know each of them off by heart. It was the beginning of discovering a love for poetry.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about my favourite children’s books. What were your favourites when growing up? Have you read any of these before?
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