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This week the UK bookseller Waterstones announced its shortlist for the ‘Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020’ with three categories; illustrated books, younger readers and older readers.
I thought this was particularly pertinent considering the topic of this weeks book hop question so did some research. By research I mean clicking on the link they gave in the email.
Now I’m not the intended audience for these books and as I don’t work with children or have any children of my own I’m way out of sync with what’s what in the current children’s book world.
Although I like the look of two in particular (see below) I have never heard of them before.. I would probably gift them to a child though just based on the cuteness of the first cover and the intriguing nature of the second.
The most recent children’s book I have heard of is The Gruffalo. Seriously, is there anyone who hasn’t?
What’s a lovely thought is that some of the children’s books recently published, currently being published or yet to be published will one day be a child’s favourite. Then, when that child grows up, it may be a story that they will carry forward with them into adulthood.
When I think of the children’s books that I read as a child that I find most memorable are Winnie the Witch, The Jolly Postman and anything by Dick King-Smith (a seriously underrated children’s author) or Roald Dahl.
I must have loved them as a child because I still love them now and remember them with such strong affection. I even have two of the books still.
If you were to ask me why I loved them I couldn’t tell you. Children don’t often question themselves as to why they like or dislike something. They either do or don’t. There’s something quite lovely about that level of acceptance.
Do I think that I’ve carried these stories through with me to adulthood? Have they impacted me in some way?
I have a fascination with witches, own a black cat, named a guinea pig I once had, ‘Wilbur,’ really enjoy fairy tales (and the more revolting the better) and I have a deep love of animals.
But it’s a tricky one to answer because I don’t know what came first. Is it that I loved those books so much it inspired me to love the subject matter or did I love subject matter so sought out those books?
I decided to ask the question to friends and family – what are the most memorable books they read as children, why are they memorable and did they think it had any impact on them as adults?
I’ve put together a slideshow of the answers as there was quite a few!
Some of them are books I’ve read, some are books I’ve heard of and some I had no clue existed.
It may (or may not) surprise you to know that the books chosen as someone’s most memorable were not necessarily published at the time they were a child but were published many (and in some cases many, many) years before.
Some stories truly are timeless.
The reasons why they are memorable differ, it could be as vague as my explanation above that ‘they just liked it’ and something about it appealed whether it was the story or the illustrations.
For some the reasons are more emotional. They remember a parent reading it to them or they could relate to the characters or events taking place.
As to whether the books made an impact on their lives? Again, we come down to chicken vs. egg here. There’s another animal lover in the midst whose most memorable children’s books involves animals.
I think my favourite anecdote is from a friend who is a parent. She remembers reading Five Minutes Peace as a child and finding it hilarious and now she now reads it to her two boys she finds it strangely relatable…
I guess with children’s books they all have the potential to come full circle!
This was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me and I think for some friends and family!
What are your most memorable books that you read as a child and why? If you read books to children what do you think will stick in their minds for years to come?