My Favourite Childhood Books

June 23, 2019
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Last week I posted my favourite childhood TV shows which then got me thinking about my favourite childhood books. I’ve always been a big reader and there are some books that really stood out to me as a child that I loved to read over and over. Some of these books hold a very special place in my heart, so much so I still read them occasionally today. I think there are a couple of obscure books on this list so I’d love to know if you’ve heard of/read them too!

Jaqueline Wilson

If you were a British kid that didn’t read anything by Jaqueline Wilson then you missed out! I adored her books and would happily still read them now. My favourites were Tracey Beaker, Double Act, The Suitcase Kid, Lola Rose, Dustbin Baby and The Bed and Breakfast Star.

Jacqueline Wilson Double Act

Mr Big

I feel like the only person who remembers these books but surely there are more of you out there! These were books we used to take home from school to read and I loved them. Mr Big Has A Party was my favourite as well as Mr Big Goes to the Park. Please let me know if you read these books too!

Mr Big Books

Mr Men and Little Miss

At one point I had the entire collection of Mr Men and Little Miss books, which is something I was very proud of. On the spines, if you’d collected them all it would spell out ‘My Mr Men Library’. I was obsessed with these books as a child and would spend so long reading them all in bed.

Mr Men Books


The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish had the most beautiful cover and every single kid would fight over it during wet play or reading time at school. Of course, we only had the one copy so you felt extremely privileged if it was your turn to hold and read the glorious Rainbow Fish book.

The Rainbow Fish

Horrible Histories

These books were so gruesome and funny and I loved them! They were really interesting and engaging to read with great illustrations. I can’t remember how many of them I read but I know it was a lot. The ones I remember the most were the Terrible Tudors and Awesome Egyptians.

Horrible Histories


Spike Milligan A Children’s Treasury of Milligan

If you’d managed to get your hands on A Children’s Treasury of Milligan then you were definitely one of the cool kids at my primary school. I remember begging my parents for this book! The poems and short stories in this book were funny, strange and kept me entertained for hours.

A Children's Treasury of Milligan

Dr Seuss 

Of course, I was also a Dr Seuss fan as a child, honestly who wasn’t? He wrote and illustrated such weird and wonderful books. I absolutely adored The Cat in the Hat (I also loved the film which had me laughing all the way through) and Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham

Roald Dahl 

I wasn’t a huge Roald Dahl fanatic, I’d never read classics such as Matilda or The BFG, even though I loved the film adaptations, but there were a couple that I read over and over. George’s Marvellous Medicine was definitely my favourite one, I found it so funny, and I also really enjoyed The Twits.

George's Marvellous Medicine

My Big Christmas Book

It should come as no surprise that there is a Christmas book on this list. I was obsessed with this book and looked forward to getting it out every December to read in bed at night. It was full of Christmas carols, stories, recipes and really pretty pictures. I still have this book now, held together by sellotape haha, and like to get it out every now and then around Christmas for a bit of nostalgia.

My Big Christmas Book

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Let me know what your favourite childhood books were in the comments! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog while you’re here. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: All images were found on Google Images and do not belong to me.


  • Courtney

    July 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Oh I love this! The only book I’ve actually heard of (and consequently grew up with, lol) is Green Eggs and Ham. I’m so surprised I don’t recognize the others, but I wonder if it’s because you’re in England?? Anyway what a fun post idea!

    1. Hollie

      July 1, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Oh really? That is kind of surprising actually, I thought more on this list would be pretty universal haha some of them are so iconic in the UK.

      1. Courtney

        July 2, 2019 at 3:41 pm

        I would have thought so too, and maybe they are and it’s just me lol!

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