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

 Anne

And

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 Princess

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

 Wind

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,

 

 Battersea

or When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

 

 Pink

or Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

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.

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