#Favechildrenslit (Part 1) The List



When I posted the original tweet,


I didn’t expect the outpouring of love for Children’s literature that happened.  It was purely posted with the desire to be nosey and to find out some twitter friends favourite books. There wasn’t any rhyme or reason to it. What surprised me more were the discussions that went alongside the choices, people’s reasons why they chose books. Many were intensely personal, including mine (I blogged about this previously here Books Glorious Books). They weren’t just books they were cherished memories of people, places and times.

The books themselves however had one thing in common, the simple fact that the person who recommended them, loved them, nothing more, nothing less. For many they were the key part in the journey to being a reader.

This isn’t a canon of must read classics (though many are) Instead it’s a collection of loved reads and that for me at least makes it even more important.  We have to make sure children have the opportunity to find books they will love. This list should be wildly different in 20 years time, if it isn’t I think we are doing something wrong.


This however is the bit people really want I think, the list of books. It has already made me start exploring  / revisiting and re-evaluating. The wider discussion about books is never-ending.

Sorry the list isn’t sorted (any suggestions for how to do that would be gratefully received)

I transferred all the tweets to word, this list so far is only a 1/3 of the way through that list so there will be more to follow. (356 pages left to go)

I have also taken picture books out of this and and will create a separate picture book list. #favepicturebooks

If a book has a numbered bracket next to it, that is because more than one person recommended it. Explore, discover and most importantly talk about them. There are old and new.  I’m pretty sure there is something for everyone to cherish.

“…Children’s literature gives them narratives on which to build their own…”

#favechildrenslit book list part 1

(Order is chronological based on when the appeared on the #hashtag)


Animal Farm by G Orwell (not strictly a children’s book but I was read it in Year 4)81ibaj1whyl-_sl1500_

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (9)


Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Varjak Paw by SF Said (3)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (2)

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling (7)

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (2)

Matilda by Roald Dahl (5)

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton (2)

The Magicians Nephew By C S Lewis

Journey to River Sea by Eva IbbotsonJourney_to_the_River_Sea_cover

Holes by Louis Sachar (5)

Skellig by David Almond (4)6394157._UY200_

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari Savvy by Ingrid Law

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Beauty and the Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

Dustbin Baby by Jaqueline Wilson

The Twits by Roald Dahl (2)

The Princess and the Captain by Anne Laure Bondoux

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Peter Pan by JM Barrie (2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (5)

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (2)

Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken (2)3909471041_f3974fa9f5_z

Ruby and the Smoke by Philip Pullman

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (3)index

Once by Morris Gleitzman (2)

Then by Morris Gleitzman

Now by Morris Gleitzman

After  by Morris Gleitzman

Nicobobinus by Terry Jones

Legions of the Eagle by Henry Treece

Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

The Uncommoners by Jennifer Bell

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Mr Galliano’s Circus by Enid Blyton

I am David by Anne Holm

Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle

Slog’s Dad by David Almondbook_cover

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Folk in the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

The Crowstarver by Dick King Smith

A Girl of Ink and Star by Karen Millwood Hargrave (2)

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Queens Nose by Dick King Smith

Vlad the Drac by Ann Jungman

The Whitby Wolves by Robin Jarvis

The Warlock of Whitby by Robin Jarvis

The Whitby Child by Robin Jarvis

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

First term at Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton

Five on Treasure Island by Enid Blyton (3)

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Mr Stink by David Walliams (2)index

Gangster Granny by David Walliams

The Imaginary by AF Harrold

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

Uncle by JP Martin

When Hitler Stole my Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (2)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (5)ClockworkbyPullman

The Minpins by Roald Dahl

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean

You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton (2)

Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomey (2)

Beetle Boy by MG Leonard (2)Beetle-Boy-website.jpg

Phoenix by SF Said

Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Flour Babies by Anne Fine

Northern Light by Philip Pullman (3)61OkkrW0CZL

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norion Juster

Gentleman Jim by Raymong Briggs

The Story Giant by Brian Patten

Just so stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (3)

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (2)

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Mercedes Ice by Philip Ridley

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl (2)

The Secret of Terror Castle by Alfred Hitchcock

The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

The boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler

The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Witches by Roald Dahl (2)TheWitches

Please Mrs Butler by Alan Ahlberg

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (2)

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh

Roof Toppers by Katherine Rundell

The Hounds of Morrigan by Pat O’Shea

All Mallory Towers books by Enid Blyton

All Magic Faraway tree books by Enid Blyton (2)

Five Children and It by E Nesbit

Chalet School Books by Elinor M Brent-Dyer

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (2)ArthurRansome_SwallowAndAmazons

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jackie Woodson

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (4)

Watership Down by Richard Adams (2)4375801793

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy by Penelope Lively

Howls Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones

Sideways stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DeTerrlizzi

The Little Grey Men by BB (DJ Watkins Pitchford)

The Children of Green Knowe by LM Boston (2)

The High Deeds of Finn MacCool by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (2)

BFG by Roald Dahl

Jules Verne (absolutely anything and everything)Old_Jules_Verne_Books

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Pea’s book of Holidays Susie Day

Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

How not to be Weird by Dawn McNiff

Light beyond the Forest by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Devil in the Fog by Leon Garfield (And many more)

The Giraffe Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (3)

Once and Future King by TH White

Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz

Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (2)Wolves of WC 001

Lemony Snickett series by Lemony Snickett

Goosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

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The Diamond Brothers books by Anthony Horowitz

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

Fairytales by Hans Christian Anderson

The Runaways by Ruth Thomas

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK RowlingHungrycitychronicles

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Traction Cities Quadrology by Philip Reeve (2)












Books, glorious books.(#favechildrenslit)


Just wanted to quickly put some words down about yesterdays outpouring of love for children’s books. I am not a great writer so if bits come across as a bit clichéd or hackneyed, sorry.

This wasn’t a list, this wasn’t a set of texts you’re told you  must read. It was people just saying this is a book I love, nothing more nothing less, just I love this book! It felt entirely personal, each persons entry was about them. I didn’t expect that and to be fair that is what for me made it quite moving.

What I hadn’t really thought about when I posted the first tweet, was that my books had stories. Some of the  books I chose weren’t just books, they were  people, places and times. That didn’t really hit me till @SFsaid posted this,


My Dad wasn’t/ isn’t a reader I have shared two books (well 7 because the 2nd one is 6 books) in common with him my entire life. Watership down  and bizarrely the entire ‘Chronicles of Thomas Covenent’ by Stephen Donaldson. I read both because he had read them. Watership down was and still is the only time I’ve talked to my Dad about books. Therefore it’s important to me.

The next was when someone chose  this…


I will be forever indebted to Andy Stanton. I love this book it’s fab and funny, but I mainly love it because it was the book that stopped reading being a battle, it was the book where, my now 16 year old son, genuinely fell in love with reading. It was laughter, joy and moments that I will forever cherish.

I went back to look at my own choices and everyone in someway was a memory. So for me yesterday was about memories. I didn’t really think explicitly about books in that way till  yesterday. Not in the same way I do with music anyway, I will never be able to listen to ‘Last Goodbye’ by Jeff Buckley without inwardly cringing at it, after singing it at my now wife after an argument. But looking at many of the special books to me, they are special because they are more than the book. ‘Animal farm’ is Mr Williams class in year 4, crying when Boxer was taken away and hating Gary Mountjoy for laughing. ‘Weirdstone of Brisingamen’ is reading by torchlight at my Nan and Grandads. ‘Trainspotting’ is midge bitten in a tent in Glenelg, the first holiday with my wife. ‘Notes from a small Island’ is touring Canada for 6 weeks. ‘Counting Sheep’ is both my boys.

Think what I found out is that books are important. We need to help children find their books, their memories. This set of books should be wildly different in 20 or 30 years time, if it isn’t I really think we may have done something wrong. as @nickswarb tweeted

‘Much prefer #favechildrenslit to imposing a canon of “must reads.”‘

Don’t just read a book, create some memories.