Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Building A Library

Now, I know that DS is still a toddler and, therefore, his choice of 'reading' material is influenced heavily by the quality of the accompanying illustrations (The Gruffalo & Harry & The Bucketful Of Dinosaurs, anyone?), but I'm quietly building up a collection for him. Books that I loved as a child, along with some children's books I've discovered over the last few years. I'm trying hard not to be gender specific, but I'm not holding out much hope for Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers series! I gave my nephew the complete set (yep, all 21 of them!) of Enid Blyton's Famous Five a number of years ago; I wonder if he'd loan it back to his cousin at some point?
What would you add to this shelf?

10 comments:

Cathy G said...

My eldest DS is 5 and we are reading Charlotte's web at the moment. I would add some Roald Dahl, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Tolkein, Philip Pullman and Gulliver's Travels. My DS would add the Astrosaurs Academy books, which he really loved...

Liz said...

I've saved you The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog series by Jeremy Strong along with My Bother's Famous Bottom!!!

Liz said...

Oh you need to add The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series too :0)

Lizzie said...

My DS and I both loved the Cressida Cowell series - "How to Train Your Dragon" etc. They are hilariously funny and quite exciting. We also loved "The World According to Humphrey" series by Betty G. Birney and the "Frank" series by Livi Micheal (about another very adventurous hamster, called Frank, whose mantra is "Courage")
I'd also add "Stig of the Dump", "The Red Pony" by John Steinbeck, "The Children of Green Knowe" by Lucy Boston, "Huckleberry Finn", "The Secret Garden", Enid Blyton's "Adventure" series (you know, "The Castle/Ship/Island of Adventure" etc), "Pure Dead Magic" etc by Debi Gliori (so funny!), "Watership Down", "How to Write Really Badly" by Anne Fine, "Artemis Fowl" by Eion Colfer, with some Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan for good measure. There are just soooooo many wonderful books available for children of all ages... it can be really hard to choose. That lot should provide some choices for ages 5-15 really!

Wrightboysmum said...

I'm wondering about getting DS1 Swallows and Amazons to try as I loved them when I was a kid. Not usre they have aged well. I would add Ursula Le Guin and Alan Garner to that list.

Amy said...

The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. They were my favourites along with many you have here.

Sian said...

Well, I love all your choices so far. I might add some "Teddy Robinson" and some "Little House on the Prairie" - and a couple of weeks ago I helped out Alicia Paulson when she was compiling a list of children's classics for her blog. It's at http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2010/07/welcome-to-the-summerreading-booklist.html

Is Private Peaceful as sad as it sounds? I've never tried it. But I did sit beside Michael Morpurgo at a lunch once and he really is a lovely man.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

we're working our way through the Boxcar Children series right now & soon will start David Eddings Belgariad series.

Barbara said...

I agree with the others, Susan Cooper and Alan Garner are a must, also Peter Dickinson. What about the Moomin books? They're wonderful. I loved the Anne of Green Gables books too. xx

libby said...

I kept all my Famous Five books but sadly neither of my girls got into them :-(. And my Charlotte's Web - same on you had fell apart :-). I've also got the same Nania series - but no-one has looked at those either :-(.
My dd11 was not much a reader but has loved the Wimpy kids books and the Horrible Histories (she picked up a stack when we in the UK a few weeks back).

Libby