Favourite childhood books

Today is Roald Dahl day where we celebrate the life and work of this talented author. In tribute I thought I’d share my favourite childhood books with you and, of course there are a couple of Roald Dahl stories in here.

Roald Dahl day 2018 focuses on James and the Giant Peach which was his first children’s book. It’s a wonderful story and one of my favourite book to screen adaptations. My favourite character is Miss Spider.

My favourite childhood books


This was the first book I remember reading as a child and is the one that inspired my love of reading. I even borrowed Moby Dick from the public library because Matilda read it in the book – much to the librarians surprise! I fondly remember her asking my mum if I wouldn’t prefer something from the children’s section. πŸ˜…

Matilda was the first book I read but The BFG has to be my favourite Roald Dahl book. It’s packed full of humour, mild terror and a happy ending. I was very happy when they released the live action film in 2016 and was pleasantly surprised how good it was!

The Hobbit

This is the first book we had in group reading time when I was in Primary school. It’s a great story and I’ve reread it countless times – I remember my head teacher belittling me for reading ahead and for reading chapters at home! Oops.

Winnie the Pooh

As I said in my previous post I’ve learnt that your never too old for anything. Especially Disney. I’m aware Winnie the Pooh and friends didn’t start out life as Disney characters but they were when I read the series of books.

My gran had bought me a stunning collector’s edition from Waterstones, which I’ve read it it’s entirety. They’re fun, loving stories and always put a smile on my face.

My sister and the rest of “team bride” went to see the Christopher Robin movie which I can only describe as simply heart warming. I adored it.

My favourite character is Eeyore in case you’re wondering. πŸ˜‰

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Last but by no means least is the first book I remember being read as a childhood which was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I still own my copy and a copy in Polish as well. I was trying to learn the language and thought a children’s book about numbers and food would help lol. Which it did somewhat – I could successfully order a slice of cake. πŸ˜‰ 🍰

I was gifted The Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcake set for Christmas one year and bake fondly remember my sister baking me a themed cake and cupcakes for my 26th birthday.




What are your favourite childhood books? Have I mentioned any of your favourites above? Let me know in the comments. 😊

18 thoughts on “Favourite childhood books

  1. I loved Matilda and Winnie the Pooh. I loved George’s Marvellous Medicine too.. I adored all the Mr Men books too. I’m struggling to remember any other favourites right at this moment, but I’m sure there are loads.

    • You can never go wrong with Roald Dahl books and I love how they stand the test of time. I haven’t heard of the Penderwicks and The Mysterious Benedict Societ, but will give them a quick Google.

    • The Hobbit is a great book. It’s a shame you can’t remember any of your favourites but I’m sure your parents would. I read a couple of French language books in school when we had our French lessons.

  2. My favorite book was Charlotte’s Web when I was little. I remembering getting to the end of the story and I cried. I told my Mom I would never read another book again. And guess what? I love reading books!

  3. I loved Matilda and the BFG, Roald Dahl books were my favourite! I remember the Very Hungry Caterpillar book too, that’s gotta be the coolest birthday cake & cupcakes ever! I really loved reading The Secret Seven & Famous Five when I was growing up. Thank you for sharing Kim <3 xx

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    • Aw, I love that you had a Winnie the Pooh themed bedroom! Who was / is your favourite character? I’ve not heard of The Little Prince, I’ll see if I can find it.

  4. Hi Kimmi –
    Some real classics there. ☺️ I loved all these books.
    I loved Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bailey. Being read to as a child made me a book lover for life.
    Lovely post.

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