Saturday, 14 October 2017

Five Novels I Can't Wait For My Kids To Read

I love books. Specifically, I love children's books. And while picture books and early chapter books are fab, I'm really looking forward to when my children are old enough to discover some longer novels. Here are five that I adore, and really look forward to seeing how my children enjoy them:


'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton

I think all children are intrigued by the idea of tiny people. Eleanor has a huge fascination with fairies, as did I. I also loved reading Norton's novel about tiny people living in our houses, 'borrowing' items for their own little homes. Well, it explains why so much stuff goes missing, doesn't it?!

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

OK, this isn't just one book, it's a whole set. But, like most children born in the 80's, I grew up on Narnia and loved the novels. The magical world Lewis created is so powerful and fascinating, and I love that it's Lucy who leads the way to Narnia.

'Swallows and Amazons' by Arthur Ransome

I didn't actually read this as a child, but discovered it when I studied Children's Literature with the Open University a few years ago. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but really did. It's such an evocation of a more innocent time when children were free to roam - although hopefully my two won't get any ideas about being allowed to camp on an island alone!

'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Philippa Pearce

Another one I discovered through my Children's Literature course, I found this story of a time travelling boy - or is it the girl who's travelling? - so fascinating and poignant. It really evokes that other-worldly feeling of being awake late at night as a child.

'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen

No, this isn't a children's novel. But eventually (though I don't like to admit it) my children will be reading 'grown up' books, and as this one is one of my very favourites I hope they read it too! I can't wait to find out what they make of it, and see them form their own opinions of this and so many other novels.

What books are you looking forward to your children discovering? Or if you have older children, which ones have they loved the most?

Linking up with Day 14 of #Blogtober17 - Novels and #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.

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17 comments:

  1. Ohh! I love all of these. My girls have read a few and loved them too. The Borrowers has to be my favourite x

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    1. I really need to get a copy of 'The Borrowers', I absolutely adored it as a child and I think my daughter would too! It must be lovely seeing your children enjoy the same books you did as a child.

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  2. Do you know I've only read one of these so maybe I need to read them too! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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  3. I can't wait to read The Chronicles of Narnia with BookBairn. But also Matilda (and all Roald Dahl) as well as Charlotte's Web (which meant so much to me that I wrote a tribute post to it yesterday) and the Little Princess. So many books to share! #readwithme

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    1. I really enjoyed Matilda too although it had me believing I too was some kind of child prodigy. (Turns out I wasn't!) I've never read 'Charlotte's Web' or 'The Little Princess', I need to find those!

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  4. What a great collection. Would you believe I've never read Pride and Prejudice? I really ought to catch up on classics. I read all the other books as a child myself though, but my kids have read none of them! My daughter loves Jacqueline Wilson and my boys both loved Harry Potter (which I was very pleased about!) before moving on to things like Stormbreaker before giving up reading altogether. I do hope they go back to it one day!
    Popping over from Read With Me.

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    1. Oh let's hope so. Reading is such a joy. And yes, you really should read 'Pride and Prejudice', it's brilliant and not too heavy-going for a classic!

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  5. Of these I've only read the Narnia books - I loved the TV adaptation of The Borrowers that was on when I was younger though. I can't wait for my boys to be old enough to read the Harry Potter books (and lots of Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl) #Blogtober

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    1. I think I saw the same TV adaptation, can't remember whether I discovered the book before or after. My eldest is starting to get into Enid Blyton now, Roald Dahl is still all a bit scary for her though, she's quite sensitive.

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  6. I remember the first 4 fondly from my childhood. But I've never actually read Pride and Prejudice. Watched it of course #readwithme

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    1. Ah yes, in my head Mr Darcy IS Colin Firth because I watched the TV adaptation first!

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  7. YES!! plus Goodnight Mister Tom and Charlotte's Webb and Ballet Shoes for Anna and Mallory Towers, to be fair the list is endless lol! #readwithme

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    1. The only one of those I've read is Goodnight Mister Tom, I need to get reading some more!!

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  8. I can't wait to start reading Harry Potter with my children, I think my 5yo is nearly ready for the first one! #readwithme

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    1. *whispers* I'm actually not a Potter fan ... my husband is though, so no doubt our kids will read them eventually!

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