Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books we wish we could have read as children


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that other bloggers are welcome to join in, to create Top Ten lists on varying topics. Broke and Bookish are having a break until the 15th August so we’ve come up with some of our own!  This week it’s TopTen books we wish we could have read as children.


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1 The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce

It starts with three picture books and now there’s 5 chapter books too! Yes, this are the books The Rise of The Guardians were based off of!
I’m using the first to help me learn to write right handed and they’re just beautiful picture books.

2 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

I’ve recently purchased this book and it’s full of amazing women! I know of few of these women and I think that more people should be learning about them now. I’m also loving the reverse fairytales they’re using in their advertising, Cinderfella and Bropunzel haha.

3 The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Well Dr. Seuss books collectively. My Dr. Seuss experiences are from the films and from those I think they have very important messages. I may have been read them when I was younger, it’s true – I have a terrible memory. But nothing about them is familiar.

4 The Magicians House Quartet by William Corlett

I loved the TV show! But I just couldn’t get into the books. I was a teenager when I tried to read them and I can’t remember why I had trouble. Perhaps I was between young enough to enjoy it and old enough to appreciate it. I got rid of these books and I’m sad about that, I’d love to give them another try. Maybe I’ll see if they’re available as audiobooks.

5 The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree) by Enid Blyton

I think I tried this one too, but I was too old by then, it just didn’t hold my interest, I think it’s a younger book than her others and it was after those that I tried to read it. I used to love the Famous Five – far more than the Secret Seven – too many names to hold on to! But I had one audio tape of each I listened too the most. Actually I remember several Famous Five ones, thinking about it – but the one I remember most was about a farm! And I remember some of the Secret Seven hiding in the back seat of a car! I may want to re-visit these one day.


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6 The Kissing Hand

by Audrey Penn

This book was published in 1993 so I was too old for it when it was released but with the arrival of my little one, The Kissing Hand has joined the collection of books I’ve bought for her. It’s a wonderful heartwarming story and I wish I’d had this reassuring story when I was first starting school. I can’t wait to read it with my girl.

7 The Day The Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt

This is another book published way after my childhood, 2013. I bought it recently and read it as soon as it arrived. While it was hilarious I’m not entirely sure how much of the sarcasm a child will get, but its quirky and the illustrations are good so I’m sure it will still be appealing. I loved the message that you should think creatively and outside of the box.

8 Alanna : The First Adventure

by Tamora Pierce

As one of Paein’s favourite authors it’s no surprise that Paein was the one that introduced me to this book. It’s a wonderful story and the writing is perfect for younger readers. I still enjoyed it as an adult but I wish I had read it when I was younger.

9 The World of David Walliams

by David Walliams

I bought these for a friends kids and was told that he absolutely loved them. I’ve not read them myself but I like how David Walliams encourages self pride and individuality.

10 Inkheart

 by Cornelia Funke

Now this is a book I read as an adult and openly admit that if I had read it as a teenager I would have absolutely loved it. But sadly I didn’t. I will be actively encouraging my little ones to read it earlier in their lives because it is a wonderful story, it was just that I’ve read so many others that it was rather predictable (plus I’d seen the film).

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One comment on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books we wish we could have read as children

  1. Annemieke

    Oh Inkheart. I have seen the movie too but not read the book. I think I would have liked that as a kid as well.

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