World Book Day – 15 Nostalgic Childhood Reads

World Book Day – 15 Nostalgic Childhood Reads

For those of you that have been asleep for the last few years, World Book Day is an annual event celebrating the joy of reading.  It is a UNESCO recognised event designed to recognise and appreciate authors, illustrators, and books.  In most Primary Schools in the UK the day is marked with kids dressed as their favourite book characters.  It is also a time when every parent in the country is desperately searching on Amazon and e-bay for whatever costume is left.


Celebrating World Book Day

My son’s school is celebrating World Book Day in a few days time.  I think it is great and love to see them all marching in to school in their various costumes.  Last year H went so school as The Gruffalo – among the sea of Where’s Wally inspired costumes.  This year he has enjoyed a few different books.  We have been through the Hungry Caterpillar, The Dinosaur that Pooped (Christmas, the World, etc), The Tiger that Came to Tea, and absolutely anything by Julia Donaldson.  The final choice will be based on how easy it is to source the costume!

World Book Day didn’t exist when I was a child.  If it did I dread to think what I would have worn to school.  The interweb (as my Mum calls it) didn’t exist in those days.  Ceefax was the closest you got to it.   It no doubt would have involved a tea-towel and the rope-tie of a dressing gown.  I get my creative flair from my mother.


Stepping Back In Time

This time around it got me thinking about the books that shaped my life.  My very first memory is of saving up my pocket-money to buy the Beatrix Potter books.  The small hardback books looked really pretty on the bookcase and the illustrations were beautiful.  From there I moved on to the Magic Faraway Tree.  I loved these books as they really helped develop my imagination.  My sister has the nickname Moon Face so that made them even more amusing.  Then there was the Secret Seven.  I wanted to be a part of their gang.  I even tried to recreate it with the friends in my street but they weren’t as enthusiastic.  Nancy Drew then became the focus of my attention.  She was smart, sassy, fearless, and clever.  Everything I wanted to be.

15 Nostalgic Childhood Reads - Avid readers share their favourite books from their youth. I bet you some of these will bring back fond memories.

Bloggers Book Choice

After reviewing my own book choices I thought it would be interesting to go and find out what other books were popular among my fellow bloggers.  My questions were quite simply, what was your favourite book when you were a child, and why?  I got an overwhelming response.  The reasons why are also so varied and interesting.  I am sure there are some in here that will evoke memories from your childhood.  There were some in here I had totally forgotten about and on another day might have made it in to my Top 5.  How many of these will take you back in time?

Mine was The Vampires Assistant by Darren Shan, I cried when I was finished it, not because it was sad but because I didn’t want it to be finished. It was just so good!  Eileen – 2 Nerds and a Baby

The Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. I loved it because of the imaginary world and characters he created and I remember being obsessed with wanting my own daemon!  Lauren – Sophie’s Nursery

I loved Jacqueline Wilson books as a kid, especially Double Trouble which was about twin girls. It made me want to be a twin SO much (!!) but ironically as an adult, I’ve had twin girls so my wish kind of came true! Beth – Twinderelmo

Mine was a series of books called Anastasia Krupnik they were the first coming of age books that I’d read and connected to. Each book follows Anastasia through problems at school, a new baby in the family, moving home, a summer job, boys, embarrassing parents. General life woes of a girl of 10+ I may even get them for my daughter now she’s a tween.  Sherry – Kits And Vixen

I really liked the Malory towers boarding school books by Enid Blyton when my sister annoyed me I’d dream mum would announce I would be going there.  Becky – A Beautiful Space

I loved the Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy – full of adventure and cheekiness … I think I really liked them because they encouraged me to believe in magic.  Vikki – Family Travel with Ellie

I absolutely adored Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson. I discovered it following my parents split and it helped me understand way more about domestic violence, as I was pretty much in the exact same situation as the main character. I just thought it was amazing and vowed that I would name any future daughters Lola (however, of course, I have two sons).  Fern – Mumconventional

 Without a doubt, my favourite series of books as a child was the Worst Witch. I was a very shy and introverted child so loved the escapism that books offer. I’d often imagine what it would be like to live in a cold, cobbled witches boarding house and thought that having a kitten would make it all the better!  Alice – Living with a Jude

I loved ‘The Borrowers’. My Dad used to read it with me every night before bed, it was the first book I really remember enjoying. My parents were building their house at the time, things were always getting misplaced and it creaked half the night… I used to believe we had borrowers in our home as well!  Hayley –  Devon Mama

Mine was Pippi Longstocking. I was obsessed with those books and even made my mum put pipe cleaners in my hair to make my plaits stick out like hers did!  Laura – Five Little Doves

I really loved the My Friend Ficka (by Mary O’Hara) series of books. It was about a family living on a horse ranch in Wyoming. Just made me want to own a horse and have the freedom of the plains to ride her in! Staying on a ranch in Wyoming is still my dream holiday now!  Jenny – Kid Transit

I loved Apple Bough by Noel Streatfield as well as Ballet Shoes. In Apple Bough I loved the fact that they had 4 children and such close family/ sibling bond. I think it heavily influenced why I had 4 children!  Jemma – Thimble and Twig

My absolute favourite was The Naughtiest Girl in the school, by Enid Blyton. I think I enjoyed it because it gave me some insight into what a boarding school might be like, and as a ‘good girl’ it was a nice bit of ‘naughty’ escapism!  JuliePondering Parenthood

An Evening At Alfies by Shirley Hughes. I read it to my children now and I’ve such fond memories of my dad reading it to me. The repetition of some of the words “drip, drip, drip” etc, used to make me sleepy! We even named our daughter after Alfie’s sister Annie Rose.  Jennifer – Mighty Mama Bear

I was a Sweet Valley High girl – there were so many books that I could read to my heart’s content about a world so different from mine. I fell in love with their imaginary lives – and as I was a twin and identified so strongly with Elizabeth, the sensible twin! I wanted to be her when I grew up.  SaraKeep Up With the Jones Family


These are just a few of the ones I chose.  I hope you liked my choices and enjoyed the step back in time.  What were your favourites?




  1. February 26, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    Fantastic post celebrating World Book Day. My favourite book when I was a child was Black Beauty – my Nan gave it to me when I was young and I remember reading it and feeling so sorry for the horse. It has stuck with me all these years. 😊

    • Melanie
      February 28, 2018 / 6:42 am

      A classic. So surprised no one mentioned it! So many good ones to choose.

  2. February 26, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Some fantastic books here! I still love some of my old favourites! #FamilyFunLinky

  3. February 26, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Growing up in America, I am not familiar with most of your choices. Some of my favorites include Disney classics like Bambi and Lady and the Tramp. Charlotte’s Web ranks up there as well.

  4. February 26, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    There’s some really good ones on there. One that I look back on fondly is ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle MaGorian #Anythinggoes

    • Melanie
      February 28, 2018 / 6:44 am

      Oh yes that is such a beautiful story. Great choice.

  5. February 27, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Oh my gosh, yes Malory Towers brings back memories and Flowers in The Attic! Does anyone remember that one?

  6. February 27, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Some great ones here. I used to love Roald Dahl and any adventure/spy books, too! Secret Seven and Famous Five were popular, as were the Goosebumps range, when I got a bit older. #familyfunlinky

  7. March 2, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    So many great books here. I loved the Northern Lights books but I was sadly an adult already when they came out 😩. As a kid I loved the Worst Witch books.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  8. March 2, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    I do love the Nancy Drew books too they kept me guessing throughout. Sadly they’re no longer in print publication so I’ve found second hand copies. #FamilyFunLinky

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