Top Five Friday: Children’s Books

So, I’ve been debating for a while whether to start a weekly segment on this blog and after thinking about what to do I finally came up with the idea of ‘Top Five Friday’. Every Friday I will count down my top five book related things. It could be Top Five Book Couples or Top Five Male Authors etc. For my first Top Five Friday I decided to share my top five children’s books. My love of reading began when I was a child so I thought I would share the books that I loved and still do love to this day.

5) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

A book about a chocolate factory! What child wouldn’t love that!? I read this book countless amount of times when I was younger and I just couldn’t get enough of it. I loved reading about Charlie’s adventure at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and I remember always wanting a bar of chocolate whilst reading it. This book made me laugh a lot, especially when the other children got their comeuppance. It’s a pure work of genius and I’m sure it will live on forever.

4) The Stray by Dick King-Smith

Most people will know Dick King-Smith as the creator of Babe the Sheep-Pig. However, the book I will remember him for is The Stray, one of his more unknown pieces of work. I never owned this book personally, but I remember borrowing it from the library time and time again. I think I found the idea of an elderly lady leaving her nursing home to go on an adventure quite comical. I haven’t read it since I was younger, but I think I will need to track it down and relive it.

3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I first read Harry Potter when I around eight years old and although I was young I will never regret the decision as it introduced me to one of my now all time favourite series. I remember being wowed as I read about Harry and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I was hooked on the book and I remember wanting my Hogwarts letter so I could go and learn magic. Harry Potter was a big part of my growing up and I owe it all to this book that kick started it all.

2) Matilda by Roald Dahl

Yes, another book by Roald Dahl makes this list, but hey he was an amazing storyteller! I absolutely adored Matilda and I think my copy got so battered as I read it so much. I think I loved it as it was about a young girl who loved to read, and as I was at the age where I’d just discovered reading I felt like I could relate. I enjoyed reading about Matlida’s life and I wanted her powers so much that I kept trying to move things with my eyes in real life. Sadly it didn’t work! Her relationship with Miss Honey was so heartwarming and I was so happy that she got her happy ending. This is a book that every child needs to read at least once.

1) The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

The Story of Tracy Beaker is honestly my favourite Children’s book of all time! I was so hooked on it as a child and read it constantly. I thought and still think that it was a work of genius. Tracy is such a strong character. She’s witty, she’s funny, she’s tough and she’s not afraid to follow her dreams. Her different stories had me laughing for ages and sometimes I felt like I actually wanted to be in The Dumping Ground with her. This book will always stay with me and I hope to show my future children it (when I have them).

What are your favourite children’s books? Let me know and stay tuned for my next Top Five Friday next week!



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