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Thoughts on World Book Day

Today I actually miss working in a school.  I’m not really in to the whole dressing up thing, but it is wonderful to see a school hall full of happy children in bright, mainly recognisable costumes.  And the best thing is that as a teacher you can concentrate on the pleasure of books for most of the day, which has to be a good thing.

On that thought which books can you remember giving you the most pleasure as a child or teenager?  It’s difficult for me to choose one but maybe two were my first loves;

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery



The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


I did like The Wind in the Willows and later Jane Eyre but maybe I appreciate them more rereading them as an adult.


Soon I moved on to The Eagle of the Ninth and other books by Rosemary Sutcliff and I devoured everything written by Geoffrey Trease.

Eagle                                     Trease

If I had been born later I might have chosen Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken,



or When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr



or Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson


I am sure most people will have a much less girly choice than me but next in my list would have been Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.


About lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

3 responses »

  1. Not girly choices at all – my son has read all of the above except Anne of Green Gables or The Little Princess. (Well, and he’s a bit young for Jane Eyre).

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  2. I was obsessed with A Little Princess. I think I must have read it about 100 times between the ages of 6-10!




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