Thursday Discussion – Childhood Favourites

Hi all!

Thursday Discussions was created by Ally from Ally Writes Things Blog and is a fortnightly meme that suggests a topic to discuss. I’ve seen a few of these posts in the past but have not tried to do one myself yet (until now!). This week’s topic is: Favourite Childhood Books.

I was such a little book nerd as a child. My mother often tells me stories of how I would ‘read’ to her (before I could actually read the words) by making up stories from the images in my picture books. I was a bossy pants, so my word was law haha. There was no convincing me otherwise when I had decided a story went a certain way (despite multiple attempts on my parents’ behalf to inform me of what the story was actually about).

1) Picture books

I remember a few pictures books that I adored when I was younger, mostly from memory. Sadly, we moved around a lot so I don’t have copies of them today but I read them so many times I don’t think I’ll ever forget them. These two come to mind as my go-to favs:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Honestly, if you were brought up in New Zealand or Aussie (I’m not sure how popular it is anywhere else) there is absolutely no way that you haven’t seen, read or heard this story. It’s a classic children’s fav and will never go out of style! I loved reading this as the book had these cute little cut outs where you could play with the sock puppet caterpillar. I was endlessly entertained with this as a child!

The Rainbow Fish

This was the coolest book ever. Hands down. No argument. When we would have reading time during early primary school, I remember this book being the most popular. Kids would literally run to get this thing before anyone else (unless you were a non-fiction nerd and wanted to read Ripley’s Believe it or Not).

I adored this book because of the sparkles, if I’m being honest. Such is my infatuation with all things glittery (Edward Cullen included!). I would always go for this book when given the chance. It’s such a simple story of a fish saving the day, but hey… everyone likes Nemo right? You really can’t go wrong with that premise!

2) Short Novels

Cathy Cassidy – I adored these books (over pretty much any others). She was such an exciting writer. Everything was very fast paced and tropey – practically my dream book haha. My favourite was Dizzy because the MC’s name was Storm. Fun fact – my real name is Storm (Jen is a middle name) so it was always an extra layer of excitement for me. I thought it was the greatest thing ever to finally have someone else with my name! Do you enjoy characters with the same name as you?

Meg Cabot – She is a golden gem who should always be praised for her gloriousness! Seriously, I still read all of her books. The Princess Diaries is great but I also adored the Mediator series (she could see ghosts!) and Jinx. Every single one of her books is a gem to me and I’ll always read and treasure them!

Francine Pascal – I went through a phase of these books. You know the type? Where you start a series and don’t want to read anything else?? The stories were short, intriguing and so much fun! I loved the gossip (I still do!).

Jacqueline Wilson – My Sister Jodie was my favourite book by Wilson. I think I mainly read her books because of the covers – they’re so eye catching and appealing! They always seemed to have such creative, likeable characters as well that I could relate to. I loved her stories!


22 thoughts on “Thursday Discussion – Childhood Favourites

  1. oh my YES TO ALL OF THESE!! I loved The Hungry Caterpillar (it later became my rothers absolute favourite!) And Rainbow Fish was one I would pour over constantly- I just adored it! I loved MEg Cabot (especially the Mediator series too- I re-read them so many times) and JAcquelin Wilson was the peak of writing to me as a child/teen I had so many of her books!
    I use to read some Cassidy with friends etc.. but never actuall read anything by Francine Pascal though!
    Awesome post, really fun and definitely took me back to my own childhood since we had a lot of the same and super similar reads! πŸ₯°πŸ˜β€πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’œ

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    • Aww I love that we had such similar childhood favs! I wasn’t sure if anybody else would recognise Rainbow Fish. It was a definite fav from my picture book phase though!! I ADORE the mediator series. I mean it progressed as I grew up and was so great. The final book gets a bit more adulty while I was in my teens so it was great πŸ˜€ Glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane! Jen

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      • It was such a great pictuure book! I LOVED it soo much! Ah yes I totally agree about the Mediator series, I like it evolved a little with its audience! It is a great series! I did indeed!! πŸ₯°πŸ’œπŸ˜Š

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  2. Ah, posts like this definitely take me down memory lane! I love remembering books that I used to adore when I was a child. I loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar too 😍 I love seeing it’s a classic that’s read in so many different places. I’d defo buy it for my kid too (if I ever had one) LOL great post, Jen! πŸ’š

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    • It’s def a classic! I wasn’t sure how many people read it overseas… it seems like quite a few! I love that there are so many editions of it as well ❀


    omg i gasped when i saw that
    and I got even more excited when i saw you included sweet valley
    staples of my childhood 😭😭😭


  4. So cute. I can imagine you reading these books though I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have no childhood favorites that are childrens books. My parents were not readers and therefore didn’t even read anything to us kids before sleep. But still, I became a real reader when I was 8, and I started with long novels right away only because it was the only book available in the house. I started with a crime thriller book by john grisham. I swear, it’s not a book for a kid. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  5. So much nostalgia on this list!! I loved the very hungry caterpillar and the rainbow fish too. Another big favorite in our house was Berenstein bears and magic school bus.

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    • I’m so glad you liked them too! I wasn’t sure if anyone else would know Rainbow Fish 🐠 πŸ’™ I also enjoyed The Magic School Bus! I should have added that to my list haha. Thanks for sharing!! Jen

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    • Aww you also loved Rainbow Fish, Becky? You’ve just gone up a level of awesomeness!! I loved that book so much πŸ˜€ Glad to hear you also loved Wilson’s books! They were delightfully fun! Jen

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