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What books did you read when you were little?

I can vividly remember reading when I was little, and there used to be a mobile library that parked quite near our school every Tuesday and Friday, the highlights of my week!

Enid Blyton was probably my most favourite, I have read all her books. I can also remember I loved Milly Molly Mandy (and best friend Susan), ip of her house and in particular the map of her village that was drawn on the inside cover. I used to wish I lived there.

What books did you read when you were little?

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Expat Badger

childrens books

i was a huge Enid Blyton fan too - absolutely loved her books. I used to make up my own fairy stories in my head to help me get off to sleep, based on her books...

also like Beatrix Potter - loved the pictures.

and of course Roald Dahl too. i recall his illustrator (Michael Rosen?) came to our primary school...much excitement!!!

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Liz from Cumbria

Books when little

Another huge Enid Blyton fan here along with Beatrix Potter and I loved the Cherry Ames series of books(she was a nurse.) I also absolutely adored Heidi and any horsy book that was going. Another couple of my favourites were Robinson Crusoe and Tom Brown's School Days. I can't imagine going through life without reading, loved it way back then and still do.

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what books did you read when you were little?

How little is little? I'll assume very little...

For some reason Enid Blyton was banned in our house. Badly written or something....! Somewhat ironically 'The Far Away Tree' did pass the test however, and I have since discovered that other friends' parents banned this one book as subversive but allowed the others. Are parents still this weird about their kids' reading?

I loved The Borrowers, and Mrs Pepperpot. Milly Molly Mandy I remember from school, although it wasn't a favourite, but to be honest I would read anything and everything I could get my hands on.

When slightly older my favourite books were 'The Chronicles of Narnia'. Who didn't love those? Harry Potter is no match....

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Esther R

Book I read when I was little

I can remember loving The Faraway Tree so much so that when I read it to my son when he was little, I could almost remember it word for word. I also loved Alison Uttley's Little Grey Rabbit. Other favourites were Mary Bear books, Dr Dolittle, The Borrowers and Mary Poppins and I really loved Noel Streatfield.

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Elpe

What books did you read when you were little?

My earliest favourite was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I won it as a school prize when I was seven and have loved it ever since. Later I was fascinated by Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, also Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. And of course the Sue Barton series which follows Sue Barton through her nurse's training and her work life - wonderful! And most of the others already mentioned by others- great to reminisce!

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SonyaK

What books did you read when you were little?

ES
My mother banned Enid Blyton too, but my friend next-door had them all and I borrowed them and loved them. Much to my mother's annoyance!! Maybe that made them even better!
Also Beatrix Potter and The Borrowers.
When a bit older I remember Children of the New Forest, Swallows and Amazons (and other Arthur Ransome books), Little Women, and Mark Twain's books.
Also The Swish of the Curtain, whoever wrote that?
Must have been lots of others as I spent hours reading.

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what books did you read when you were little?

"ES
My mother banned Enid Blyton too...."

Poor old Enid, all those mothers out to get her.

My pal up the road was no good for Enid Blytons, but she did get 'The Beano' (another banned publication). I spent hours at hers ;)

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SonyaK

What books did you read when you were little?

"My pal up the road was no good for Enid Blytons, but she did get 'The Beano' (another banned publication). I spent hours at hers ;)"

Oh yes, 'Beano" was definitely banned, along with other 'trashy' comics. There was one 'good quality' one we were allowed - the Robin: Swift: Girl/Eagle series.

My parents had no problem with having 'Lady Chatterley's
Lover' in the bookcase, not long after it was allowed to be published in 1960!!

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Essex Girl

Childhood Books

I used to read anything involving horses especially the ones by Judith Berrisford. Always had the School Friend Annual for Christmas and loved that too.

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Essex Girl

and also....

all the Pullein Thompson sisters' books.

The Magic Faraway Tree

Oh I LOVED that book! I particularly remember, Moon Face, a really grumpy gnome they were all scared of, a woman who had all her washing hanging outside and chocolates they ate which exploded in their mouths!

Didn't they go down the inside of the tree (like a helter skelter) and land on a cushion?

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Esther R

The Magic Faraway Tree

They did slide down the inside of the Faraway Tree. And the woman with the washing was Dame Washalot. Different lands arrived at the top of the Faraway Tree. The land of sweets, and the land of toys with a wonderful doll called Petronell who could walk and talk like a real little girl. The land of spells with a witch who knitted out of green smoke. Enid Blyton might not have been considered a good writer but she appealed to children's imaginations. My friend who is a primary school teacher said she is now considered acceptable again!!!!!!

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sam from worthing

Childhood reading

I never read enid blyton - was never allowed to??????

i remember milly molly mandy too. my naughty little sister. I also had a huge bible story book, that held 365 stories from the bible, and i had to read one a night. I also had a huge book of hans christen anderson stories in. i also read the whole collection of beatrix potter - i can remember getting very excited going to library every friday and picking 2 books - i felt very grown up.

i remember more, what my brother read - as i read them to him, the hungry caterpillar, all the mr men book, all the thomas the tank books (and the bible stories that i had)

we also between us, owned a huge collection of lady bird books, i remember they came in different coloured spines - i think to denote whether they were story books, or factual, or animal related (i think) i really enjoyed learning about historical people through these books and the pictures too. my brother also had books that you "played" and you through a dice to determine which part of the story you read next, i think they were dungeons and dragons or something like that.

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Wendy

Books

When I was in Infant 2 (as it was called then) I read a book called 'It's Preposterous!, Yes, really! The teacher made me break 'preposterous' down into syllables so I could get my tongue round it. I've read The Wind in the Willows so many times, my favourite. The What Kay Did, etc. Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and the rest that followed. In fact I still have my collection of those. I remember having to read aloud to the class a couple of chapters of 'Alice in Wonderland'

Wendy

 
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