Best Children's Books
Frances Hodgson, The Secret Garden
Loved this book. The main character Mary was born in India and then moved to Yorkshire after the death of her parents (maybe I felt some extra connection with the story as my own mother was born in India and then grew up in Yorkshire). I remember my Yorkshire grandmother reading it to me and rereading myself a few times. The Secret Garden seemed to be full of magic.
Roald Dahl, Danny, the Champion of the World
Padraic Colum, The King of Ireland's Son
The Story of King Arthur and Other Celtic Heroes
The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths
Brothers Grim, The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Astrid Lindgren, Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Cynthia Voigt, Tillerman Cycle
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (Series)
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin
JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit
Enjoyed it as a kid though am a bit over it (ditto with the Narnia books).
Anne Holm, I am David
Esther Hautzig, The Endless Steppe
Phillipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden
E. Nesbit, The Story of the Treasure Seekers
CS Lewis, The Chronicle of Narnia
Alan Wagstaff, Trinanoch
A life-changing journey begins when twins, Katherine and Thomas Rayner, fall through coloured light pouring from a church window into a different reality - Trinanoch. They have been called by the dwarfish q'Boldi and soon learn that a powerful enemy has set his sights on ruling the everyday world of the twins. Though they must help to thwart the enemy's plans, no one can explain what they must do or how to begin. And, in the end, what if the enemy seems to have the power to save their world? Did they choose the right side?
(OK, this is by my Dad and I have fond memories of him reading it to us when we were kids)
Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
Tamora Pierce, The Song of the Lioness
Don't know if this book holds up but I enjoyed reading a book with a strong female heroin when I was about 12.
Isabel Wyatt, The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book
I always remember the main character Sylvia. It felt special as seven year old to have a book specifically for me - not sure if it would hold up though (need to read it again - it's been a few years!).