10 Favourite Children’s Books Then & Now

Today is World Book Day! It’s a day for celebrating authors, for celebrating illustrators, celebrating books and, of course, for celebrating reading. World Book Day takes place in 100 countries all over the world and is one of the best ideas for a ‘World Day’ I can think of, right up there with Pancake Day and Nutella Day :D

I love reading, I have ever since I was a little girl and, although I don’t read as much as I would like to these days, it will always be something I’m passionate about. The joy of reading is something I can’t wait to share with my children; I’ll read them the classics I loved until they’re old enough to read themselves, and I’ll definitely be buying too many beautiful children’s books simply because I’ve fallen in love with the illustration style (I already do that now without the children!)

To mark this occasion I thought it’d be nice to reminisce and share ten of my favourite authors and/or book series I loved as a child, as well as ten of the illustrators who would make me buy a book now without even needing to read it!

Ten favourites from my childhood

1. Ladybird Well Loved Tales
All the classics, illustrated beautifully. I remember loving the end pages just as much as the books!

Ladybird Well Loved Tales

2. Topsy & Tim
You can still buy books on the adventures of Topsy & Tim. However, it seems they’ve changed illustrators a few times and the old illustration style was by far my favourite.


3. Janet and Allan Ahlberg
This husband and wife team worked together for 20 years, creating amazing children’s books, until Janet (the illustrator of the two) sadly passed away in 1994. Allan has since continued his work with other illustrators and their daughter Jessica seems to have inherited her mum’s skills as she’s even illustrated a couple, such as this version of the classic Goldilocks. Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman series (the first book had sold over 6 million copies by 2006!) were my favourites.

4. Roald Dahl
I believe every childhood needs some Roald Dahl in there somewhere! Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, The BFG, The Enormous Crocodile, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Revolting Rhymes are what spring to mind first… but there’s loads… and they’re all awesome.

5. Trumpets by Peter Cross
Me and my brother loved the Trumpets books when we were younger! The illustrations are incredible…

Trumpets Peter Cross

6. Fungus the Bogeyman Plop-up Book by Raymond Briggs
Perhaps more famous for The Snowman and Father Christmas, however Fungus the Bogeyman was my favourite.

Fungus The Bogeyman

7. Enid Blyton
If I had to pick just one author from my childhood I’d have to go with Enid Blyton. I must have read so many of her books! I especially loved the adventures of the Faraway Tree, The Secret Series and the Mystery Series.

Enid Blyton

Via Miss Beatrix

8. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
That magical wardrobe started it all. I adored the BBC series too.

9. Where’s Wally?
Or Where’s Waldo? for our foreign friends. Not a lot of reading in this one but a bloomin’ good series of books. Those illustrations must have taken hours! It’s become a bit of a craze too with World Records being set for the most people dressed as Wally in one place, and a real life Where’s Waldo? hunt in Chicago!

10. Point Horror
Perhaps a strange one for children but at 10 I had a school desk full of Point Horror books, so I had to include them!

Point Horror

Ten of my favourite children’s illustrators

And what do I love now? Mostly this list is illustrators work that I love, although there are a couple of exceptions with some also being authors such as Oliver Jeffers. Even though Dick Bruna was certainly producing work during my childhood I only fell in love with his work at a later age so that’s why he appears here. OK, so in no particular order (with the exception of Oliver being first because he is my ultimate favourite) here we go…

1. Oliver Jeffers

2. Dick Bruna

3. Otto Seibold

4. Isabel Minhós Martins

5. Laura Ljungkvist

6. Olivier Latyk

7. Delphine Durand

8. Cristian Turdera

9. Marc Boutavant

10. Jon Klassen

World Book Day Children's Authors Illustrators

I hope you’ve discovered some new authors, or illustrators with this round-up, or simply enjoyed reminiscing about your own childhood favourites. I certainly did :)

To find out more information on World Book Day just click this link. And remember to snuggle up with your children and a good book later to celebrate :)

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