Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Books in X Genre (Children’s Books)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in X Genre

I normally go with young adult for these kinds of lists but I wanted to do something different. So the genre I’m choosing is Children’s Books. This is a list of the ten books that I read over and over (and over again!) when I was a child. 

Green Eggs and Ham The Eleventh Hour The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Madeline The Paperbag Princess (Story Corner S.)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss – I memorized this book and recited it all the time. Part of the appeal may have been annoying my older brothers but this book was always a fun one for me.

The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base – If you’ve ever seen a Graeme Base book then I think you can understand why this book is on my list. The Eleventh Hour and Animalia have the most gorgeous illustrations. The story is entertaining too.

The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter – The magical world of Peter Rabbit was always a favourite of mine. Great pictures and a funny story about animals and their secret lives. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle was always the one I wanted my mum to read to me the most. 

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline”   

I think that’s all I need to say about Madeline…. 

The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch – This book always made me a little sad… but I read it over and over anyway. I think it’s one of the first stories I remember reading with a kick-arse heroine. And plus – I think I would have preferred wearing a paperbag rather than a fancy dress any day! 



A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) Charlotte's Web Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) The BFG 1153709

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond – He’s from deepest, darkest Peru! And he wears wellingtons. Enough said. 

Charlotte’s Web by EB White – The ending might be a little devastating but I love this book and love the friendship. 

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montomery – I adored Anne. And her relationships with all the people she comes in contact with. Diana the best friend, Gilbert the boy who calls her Carrots and puts her pigtails in inkwells, her foster parents the Cuthberts and even Mrs Rachel Linde. I read the first few books over and over and would read them again now because they are lovely. 

Anything by Roald Dahl. Matilda, The BFG and the Witches – these were staples of my childhood. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was amazing too.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd – I have a niece who is almost two and she loves being read to. I’ve read her so many books but my favourite ones to read to her are the Hairy Maclary ones. They are fun to read with great pictures and a fantastic rhythm. 

There you have it. Ten of my favourite children’s books. Some you may have heard of, others maybe not. But they are all books I enjoyed and still enjoy as an adult. (Oh! And I just finished my list but anything by Enid Blyton goes on here too. From Noddy to the Faraway Tree to the Famous Five. My childhood was defined by her books and I can’t believe I forgot her!)

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  1. Another one! Gah, I thought I was being super creative when I listed my favorite children’s books, but you’re the fourth person I’ve seen tonight to do it (including myself). You get a big A+ though because Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, and Madeline. Oh my god, I loved Madeline so much. Awesome list! 🙂

    • That happens to me sometimes. I think I’m being so clever… only to find out there are many others who thought exactly the same thing as me 😛
      Another Madeline fan 😀 I admit… even though I’m 26 I still occationally watch the tv show…. I’ll use the excuse of babysitting and it being what my niece wants to watch… but I think she’d be happier with the Wiggles but I’m hogging the remote.

    • He’s pretty amazing. I read a biography about him – he had the most interesting life! Almost as crazy as the stories he wrote. He was a fighter pilot and when he worked at Cadbury – he sent boxes of chocolate to a school so they could tell him what they thoughts…. he’s like the original Willy Wonka 😛

    • I think that’s fantastic. Another book which nearly made the list for me was Little Women by LM Alcott. It’s one that my mum read as a girl and she gave me a copy when I turned 11. I loved it and the fact that mum had liked it as a girl too made it rather special. 🙂

    • I’ve not heard of it before but after googling it – the illustrations look gorgeous. It’s my niece’s birthday in two weeks. She might just be getting a gift I can enjoy reading to her!

  2. Ah, the memories!! I read these to my nephew now. 🙂 He adores Hairy McClary. 😉 And Charlotte’s Web was always so awesome. Green Eggs and Ham! Honestly, this was a fantastic walk down memory lane. 😉 My TTT!

    • You’re welcome! There are a few books lately that I’ve tracked down copies of because I remember loving them but not as appropriate as I thought. Like Babar. Not sure if you know him but I flipped thought the pages and the book showed his mother dead on one of the first pages. Decided to give that one a miss.

  3. I love that you chose to do children’s books for this week’s Top Ten! I love The Paper Bag Princess, Charlotte’s Web, and of course all of Dr. Seuss. One of my favorite books of his was I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today.

  4. Oh the memories! The BFG is still one of my absolute childhood favourites, I remember reading Madeleine and anything be Dr Seuss as well. Great list 🙂

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