This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is ‘Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child’! I haven’t done a TTT in quite a while, but this prompt just sounded really exciting.
I read some incredible books as a child, and I’m grateful that I have a mum who recognises the importance of, and also loves, reading! I read (and reread) Malory Towers, Peter Pan, obscure adventure books, and Horrid Henry, amongst others! But there are still some I wish I could go back and read when I was little.
- Narnia! The first is the Chronicles of Narnia, which I want to read now, as an adult, but I’m not sure they’ll have the same whimsical feeling. I don’t know why I didn’t read them, because I loved the films.
- His Dark Materials. This is another one that I’m nervous will have lost the spark it might’ve had in childhood.
- The Wizard of Oz. I love the Wizard of Oz, but I’ve never read the original books!
- Dr Seuss books. I think I’ve only read the occasional Dr Seuss book; I had lots of other picture books to keep my occupied. But I would really like to know what everyone raves about.
- Little Women. This is one that I finished this year, but I think I would’ve really loved it as a child, and I would’ve loved to have grown up with the March sisters! Well, truth be told, I still feel like a kid, so I technically am still growing up with the March sisters…
- Mary Poppins. I basically grew up on this film, but I still haven’t read the original PL Travers’ books. I’d like to.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve read book 1 of this series, but not the rest. I think I would’ve loved this as a kid, but no longer, really, nowadays.
- Heidi. I still haven’t read this one! I got a copy when I visited Austria last year, so I am going to read it.
- Paddington Bear. My mum loves Paddington, but I found the films quite cringey (though adorable). Maybe the books would be better!
- Anne of Green Gables. I’ve never read this, and I think it’s more of an American children’s book than an English one, though I had heard of it when I was younger.
So those are some of the children’s books on my list – what’s on yours?