Books from my childhood│#Jobookchat

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I absolutely love reading books from my own childhood to the children.. If they actually let me choose a bedtime story to read, it nearly always ends up being one of the books that once belonged to me or one of my brothers. These are 5 of my favourites.

1) Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
Peace at Last is my all time favourite children’s book. I know I know, such a big statement, but I love it. It’s a nice story, it’s a really good one to read aloud (plenty of sound effects to make!), and the illustrations are beautiful. I pretty much know this story off by heart as I’ve read it so many times.

2) We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
As a child I was bought this book by my mum as a treat (not the copy pictured above, although we do own both the board book and the paperback) when I ended up in A&E after splitting my head open at school. Not the best of memories, but I clearly remember receiving this book as a get well soon gift. The story has an excellent rhythm to it, and we often recite it together when out for walks, or even on a beach.

3) The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Most people know this one, don’t they? When you think about it, it’s quite a weird story. I don’t know why Sophie and her mum are so relaxed about letting a tiger into their home, and I don’t enjoy answering questions about if it’s actually possible to drink all the water from the tap, but it is a definite favourite.   


4) Spot's First Picnic by Eric Hill
I think if you want to buy Spot’s First Picnic now it’s only available as part of a collection - although I’m sure you can hunt a second hand copy out somewhere. Apparently I used to repeatedly ask for this story as a toddler, and out of our Spot collection this is my daughters favourite too. I’ve read is to her so many times - I think they call that karma?

5) Burglar Bill by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
I guess burglars creeping around houses seems a bizarre topic for a children’s book, but I thought that this story was fantastic as a child and it is just as good as an adult. The illustrations are so great, and it is such a lighthearted story, with a lovely happy ending.

Do you read books from your childhood to your children? What’s the top of your childhood favourite’s list?

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