The week The Broke and The Bookish have given us the chance to rewind back to an old topic. I have decided to go for Childhood Favourites. The books I have picked are from when I was particularly little, most of them are ones read to me when I was under 5 but they are great books and ones I still have to read to my own children one day.
1. Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough
Yikes! Eddie’s in for the surprise of his life when he discovers that his teddy bear has grown much too big to cuddle! But there’s fun in store when Eddie meets up with a real bear who’s got just the opposite problem—his lost teddy bear has shrunk to a size that’s much too small for such an enormous bear to cuddle. Could it be a case of mistaken identity?
2. Funny Bones by Allan Ahlberg
This is the first book in the “Funnybones” series and introduces the skeletons – a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. They live in a dark dark cellar of a dark dark house on a dark dark hill and so the word repetition continues through this lighthearted story for early readers. The skeletons venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals that live in the zoo.
3. Winnie The Witch by Valerie Thomas
Winnie lived in her black house with her cat, Wilbur. He was black too. And that is how the trouble began. Everything in Winnies house is black – the carpet, the chairs, the bed and the sheets, the pictures on the walls, and even the bathtub! And of course her cat, Wilbur, is black too – all except for his bright-green eyes. Whenever poor Wilbur closes his eyes and tries to take a catnap, Winnie stumbles right over him. Or accidentally sits on top of him. Until one day, when Winnie gets a brilliant idea. What if Wilbur were a different color?
4. The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear
Edward Lear’s nonsense poem about two unlikely sweethearts–an elegant owl and a beautiful cat
5. Snake Supper by Alan Durant
Alternating whole and half pages provide plenty of surprises in a tale of Snake and his search through the forest for something good to eat, starting with a mouse and ending with his efforts to consume an elephant.
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
7. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared. Ready for some fun? Come along!
8. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.
9. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. All is uneventful until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, and run for home. The story is told by a brilliant, cumulative rhyming text and terrific pictures.
10. Garden Gang by Jayne Fisher
Jayne Fisher was the youngest person ever to write for Ladybird Books, Jayne based her ‘Garden Gang’ stories around a bunch of fruit and vegetable characters that became hugely popular with younger readers in the 1970’s. Jayne also illustrated her own books using felt-tipped pens.