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. 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.

Sadly my copy of The Hobbit got damaged after washer fluid spilt on it in the boot of car. But I’m hoping to replace my copy with this Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit set.

Winnie the Pooh

As I said in my previous post I’ve learnt that you’re 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 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.

Winnie the Pooh

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˜‰ 🍰

The Very Hungry Caterpillar books

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake

The Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcakes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcakes

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


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  • Molly

    October 1, 2018 at 23:19

    I absolutely loved the Roald Dahl books when i was a kid. The witches had to be my favourite i think, but Matilda is definitely up there. Roald Dahl also wrote a biography, but a very kid friendly one, which i also really really loved and found so interesting/funny as a kid! He definitely had such a interesting life and would recommend the read! Great post and very nostalgic!

    1. Kim

      October 2, 2018 at 19:54

      Thanks for your comment Molly. I enjoyed The Witches especially the movie adaptation – the main witch was very freaksome. I haven’t read his autobiography yet but I do own it. x

  • Jenny

    September 21, 2018 at 17:46

    I LOVED Roald Dahl as a child. That was definitely my favourite!

    1. Kim

      September 22, 2018 at 07:20

      Thanks for your comment Jenny. You can never go wrong with a Roald Dahl book.

  • Louise

    September 16, 2018 at 08:53

    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.

    1. Kim

      September 17, 2018 at 18:07

      I haven’t heard of those ones! I’m very glad my mum read to me or let me try to read to her, it definitely fuelled my love of reading.

  • KB Gamblin

    September 15, 2018 at 22:08

    I love Winnie the Pooh! I grew up in a Winnie the Pooh themed bedroom πŸ™‚ Another one of my fav childhood books was The Little Prince! I feel like it’s a “must read” for everyone!
    KB | http://www.herlifeinruins.com

    1. Kim

      September 17, 2018 at 07:08

      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.

  • Bexa

    September 15, 2018 at 12:29

    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

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Kim

      September 17, 2018 at 07:00

      I remember the Famous Five! There’s so many good children’s books out there. My sister really out did herself on the cake and the cupcakes – it was a nice surprise. x

  • Deborah Kos

    September 14, 2018 at 23:10

    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!

    1. Kim

      September 15, 2018 at 09:17

      I remember Charlotte’s Web! Thank you for sharing, I cried at the end of that one too.

  • What Corinne Did

    September 14, 2018 at 19:15

    The only book of your list I read is The Hobbit and I was quite a grown up then. I can’t remember my fav childhood book… They were all in french also ahah

    1. Kim

      September 15, 2018 at 09:16

      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.

  • Elizabeth

    September 14, 2018 at 19:12

    Roald Dahl is a favorite in our house too. Our boys also LOVE the Penderwicks and The Mysterious Benedict Society.

    1. Kim

      September 15, 2018 at 09:15

      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.

  • Jemina

    September 14, 2018 at 19:11

    The Hungry Caterpillar was probably my first favourite book!! It’s such a classic

    Jemina || http://www.jeminamarina.co.uk

    1. Kim

      September 15, 2018 at 09:14

      It definitely is a classic and, if I ever decide to have children, will be one of the first books I read to them.

  • Merkitty

    September 14, 2018 at 15:27

    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.

    1. Kim

      September 14, 2018 at 17:43

      Mr Men! I loved Mr Bump when I was little and my Great Aunt had a Mr Bump cup for me at her house.

  • Lauren

    September 13, 2018 at 20:04

    Aww the hungry caterpillar, myself and all my siblings loved that book! Growing up I loved jacqueline Wilson books! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kim

      September 14, 2018 at 12:48

      Oh yeah! I remember the Jacqueline Wilson books! Good choice. πŸ™‚

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