Are you sitting comfortably, Qwerkiteers? Then we shall begin! Once upon a time…
The 2nd March 2017 will see the 20th year of World Book Day. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage kids of all ages to explore the joys of reading by providing them with books of their own (a worthy cause if ever there was one!).
This got us to reminiscing about our favourite books from when we were little, and we thought we’d share them with you, and why they meant so much to us!
John’s Favourite: The Wind In The Willows
This is my favourite book of all time. I read it every Christmas because it's cosy and exciting.
I particularly like doing the voices!
Tracey's Favourite: Kipper's Book Of Weather
The first book I bought for my children was Kipper's Book Of Weather, now enjoyed by Biscuit!
My own favourite as a child was Black Beauty, which I read at least 20 times!
Jane’s Favourite: Peepo!
My favourite children's book is Peepo! by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. My two granddaughters love it as much as my children did when I read it to them over 30 years ago. Written in rhyme, with fantastic illustrations, both children and adults will enjoy reading it equally! It is a perfect book for young children – they love the repetition and anticipation and it helps them extend their vocabulary.
Chloe’s Favourite: The Twits
The Twits is one of my favourite childhood books as it is responsible for one of my favourite quotes:
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
The book is also slightly gruesome, and what child doesn't love that!
Amelia’s Favourite: Little Rabbit Foo Foo
"He's wild, he's wicked, he's…" the cheeky rabbit who used to make me giggle endlessly. Little Rabbit Foo Foo was one of my favourite childhood books.
When I was younger I used to read the book to my Mum and run around the lounge acting out the scenes.
It is a simple but fun book full of wonderful illustrations, and was perfect in making me behave well (I thought if I behaved badly I would turn into a 'goonie' too!).
Ben’s Favourite: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
The one book that currently stands out for me is 'Dogs Don't Do Ballet'. It's an amusing story about a strange looking little dog that doesn't think it's a dog and wants to be accepted as a ballerina. The brilliant illustrations help bring the characters to life and the story reminds us it's OK to be creative and different from others despite the knock backs.
Maybe because it's the third time around reading it with my youngest I practically know the story off by heart and I have mastered the voices and accents when reading out loud! Sometimes I really go for it; you would think I was auditioning for BBC Jackanory! (Showing my age now). Good-night children!
Laura-Anne’s Favourite: Charlotte’s Web
This book is a true classic, though perhaps a strange choice for me as I was petrified of spiders when I was little! I just loved the way the story unfolded, and the edition I have is full of gorgeous black and white illustrations. It's such a positive story that teaches us that things don't have to be pretty in order to be wonderful.
My dad used to read this to me before bed when I was really little, so it will always have a special place on my bookshelf!
What was your favourite book when you were knee high to a grasshopper?