My Favourite Children’s Novels

I think the reason I love to write children’s stories is partly because of the sheer wonder I felt discovering books as a child.  Opening a book cover seemed to be opening a door into another world.  Anything was possible and every page was a new adventure, a new discovery.  I thrived on this concept as I read, my imagination growing with every twist and turn.

I think the best stories stay with you forever and if you’re like me – a forever child at heart and soul – you never stop believing in magic.

For World Book Day, I thought I’d mention five of my favourite books of all time, which just happen to be children’s books.

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton


This book and the following Faraway Tree books must be the most fun and imaginative books I’ve ever read. I can still picture Moon Face, Silky and all the wondrous lands at the top of the tree the children would find themselves exploring.   I love stories which take place in an ordinary setting where, just around the corner the characters can be transported to somewhere extraordinary.   It used to make me believe it could happen to me.  It still does.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis


I think I’ve probably read this book more than any other.   Everything about it makes me wide eyed with wonder.  I think the chronicles of Narnia deeply inspired me as a child and never really left me.  I’m certain its responsible for my love of strange, antique wardrobes.  And it’s a testament to a great book when you constantly make reference to it in everyday life, decades after you’ve read it.

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett


I still dream about owning a garden (and house!) like the one in this book.  My ideal garden is based on the thoughts conjured from this beautiful tale.  The mysterious, hidden away haven behind a big bolted door containing the most beautiful flowers, wildlife and secrets.  It’s the ultimate friendship book. I read this again recently and I know I’ll keep coming back to it again and again.  Truly timeless.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum


Here we are again, a child with a very ordinary life who gets transported to an very extraordinary world. (I bet you can now guess what my own novel is about…)  There’s no mistaking how uniquely thought out the Oz stories are.  Frank Baum is one of my favourite writers and still a constant inspiration. He paints such a vivid picture of all the characters, some which I find hilariously funny.  I’m currently reading all the Oz books to my daughter and they have elements of everything – magic, humour, creepiness.  I hope one day to visit the Emerald City.  What would you ask for?

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo


Kate Dicamillo is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.  This was the first book I discovered of hers and after reading I knew I’d found something truly special. The whole story tugs at your heart and soul and carries you along with Edward on his adventures, sometimes happy, sometimes sad.  Kate has an amazing talent for capturing the essence of a story and leaving a deep emotional impact.  I think it takes a special type of person to be able to write a story like this and proves that after all, we’re still that same little girl or boy inside.

Happy World Book Day! Never Stop reading and never stop dreaming.