It’s World Book Day 2017! The day when children and adults up and down the country celebrate their favourite books and dress up as their favourite characters. Here at Hurley HQ we thought we would join in with the fun and celebrate the books we loved as children, but also give you the opportunity to tell us your favourite childhood books! Leave us a comment below or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter, and some of our favourites will be in with the chance of winning a signed copy of Sarah Hurley’s Welcome To Spook Street!
When I was younger I used to love to read all kinds of books (and still do now), but there was one particular set of books that I would read and collect non stop. My weekend was not complete unless my mum had taken me to Waterstones to get the next instalment in the collection. My guilty reading pleasures were The Rainbow Fairies Book Series by Daisy Meadows! I absolutely loved these books, every book would feature a new and exciting fairy in an eventful story, and with a little help from her fairy friends it always had a very happy ending. There are now 21 series in The Rainbow Fairies collection, however my favourites have to be the Colour Collection. Daisy Meadows is still making the Rainbow Fairies Book Series and I would highly recommend the collection to all little boys and girls, there’s bundles of fun and adventures to be had!
I found it really difficult to pick a favourite (apart from Spook Street obviously!), I’ve always been a complete bookworm and have my nose in a book at every opportunity BUT the one that always sticks in my mind and that I reread often is The Ship That Flew by Hilda Lewis – all about a magical little ship that takes four children around the world and through time, it’s an amazing adventure book that I found in a dusty corner of our local library when I was little, it was so old and I borrowed it so often that in the end the librarian said I could have it for 10p! I still have it today though it was reprinted in 2013 so you can pick it up online or in your local bookshop. There was a spooky parallel for me when I was little between how Peter in the book finds the ship and how I found the book – destiny! and it definitely inspired my love of adventure.
Mine is a classic but a an absolute gem of a book, everyone ever has definitely read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, (if you haven’t you need to read it, like now!) whether you’ve read it to your kids or you read it as a kid it is one of those books that will never get old! It tells the story of a very hungry caterpillar who eats his way through a variety of goodies before emerging as a beautiful butterfly. The lovely illustrations that accompany this book make it a wonderful read for kids of all ages, not to mention the various editions of the book that include a finger puppet edition and a touch and feel education version.
The earliest memory of my favourite book would have to be The Story of Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. I absolutely loved the story of young and wild Tracey Beaker and her tales of growing up within a children’s home, also known as The Dumping Ground. Tracey is a fantasist who dreams up wonderfully glamorous stories particularly about her Mum returning for her. The story is beautifully illustrated by Nick Sharratt who creates picture perfect illustrations to accompany Wilson’s fantastic story. The things that 10-year-old Tracey goes through were directly relatable to some of my problems as a 10-year-old like squabbling with my friends in the school playground. I would highly recommend this one for your little ones, not forgetting the fantastic TV series they made on CBBC when I was younger.
I’m afraid mine is slightly older than all the rest but still just as good! My favourite book definitely was Jennings Follows A Clue by Anthony Buckeridge, this book follows Jennings and his trusty sidekick Darbishire as they try to solve mysteries together. This book had me laughing as a kid as I read some of their outrageous adventures, and even inspired some of my mischievous ways a kid. Definitely give a read no matter how old you are!
Now we would love to hear what your favourite reads were as a child, let us know by dropping us a comment below, sending us a tweet or by getting in touch via Facebook. We can’t wait to hear all of your fantastic reads, we’re even going to send an exclusive signed copy of Sarah Hurley’s Welcome to Spook Street to some of our favourites!