My Fave Kiddie Reads

As mentioned before, my mom has largely been fuel to the fire of my passion for reading. She loves finding books that I will enjoy, and most often she is right.

She was one of the people who contributed to me learning to read at such a young age; by teaching me to read the names of Snow White’s seven dwarfs (among others).

Thus, as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, here is my Top Ten Childhood Faves:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

Quite possibly the first book I remember taking out from the library (I assume age 6) and Dahl was possibly my first ever favourite author. The vivid imagery fueled my imagination and I quickly devoured his other books.

The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Adventure and survival definitely appealed to me. I devoured this book and its successors.

Animorphs Series by K.A. Applegate

These books scared me to death (they were likely the first books I read about aliens) and yet I could not put them down. I think the most annoying part was that my library did not have all of the books for some reason, so I never got to read some important parts in the series.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I think this may be the only classic I have ever read. My aunt brought it to me from the states and I recall enjoying it very much, despite the vocabulary being a little different to what I was used to.

Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal

I always loved the idea of twins – in fact, when I was about four years old I asked my dad in front of many of his friends why he didn’t plant two seeds in mum’s tummy so that I could be part of a twin. I loved the trouble the twins got themselves into.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I was one of the first kids at my primary school (if not the first) who got hooked on Harry Potter. I enjoyed the escape that these books offered. I read the first four in Afrikaans though.

Malory Towers Series by Enid Blyton

Blyton’s books were entertaining in general, but the mischief at an all-girls’ boarding school appealed to me most.

A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata

Perhaps one of the first books to inspire me – perhaps because my father, practically blind, also inspires me so much.

MEL by Liz Berry

I enjoyed A Patch of Blue because of my dad, and MEL because of my mom, a social worker. Again inspiring.

I am David by Anne Holm

History fascinated me for as long as I can remember. For some reason I enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed Anne Frank. It made me sad, but I read it over and over again. That might be telling.


  1. I loved the Sweet Valley Twins! I was fascinated with the notion of having a twin, as well (or any sibling for that matter). Thus, I also had a strange love for the Bobsey Twins. Great list, I loved almost all of these (though I didn’t discover Harry Potter until University).

      1. They are an old series. My parents read them too. They had a stash of them at the local library. Two sets of twins solving mysteries and going on adventures.

  2. Ahh, the Animorphs series! I was always reluctant to get into them because the covers were really freaky. When I finally caved, I really liked them!

  3. Enjoyed reading your list. I cut my teeth on The Bobbsey Twins, moved on up to Nancy Drew, then hit the adult books and The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone, and authors like Bradbury, Assimov, “Doc” Smith and more. I’ve always been an eclectic reader so I was also reading Daphne du Maurier and many others including a lot of classics.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s