His love of books helped to create my love of books and now I want my children to feel the same. I want them to experience the way stories make me feel. The excitement at an unknown tale that has thrilled others. The friendship and love you feel towards the characters by the end of the book. The contentment at a happy ending. Ahh, there is nothing like a book to transport you to another time, another place or even another world.
Lately I have being spending a lot more time attempting to guide my children's reading.They have been intrigued by the books that I used to read, which has resulted in a nostalgic journey back in time. So for today's post I wanted to share with you five books that played a huge part of my childhood which I hope to encourage my children to read.
1) Dear Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
I must have read this book a dozen times whilst growing up, but I never actually owned my own copy until last year when my husband bought it for me. It is an epistolary novel and follows the story of Jerusha Abbot, an orphaned girl who is given a new life by a mysterious benefactor. In return for paying for her education, she is entitled to write to him once a month. She has no idea who he is or even what his name is and refers only to him as Daddy Long Legs.
I recently reread this book and found it still appealed to my inner child. I love Jerusha's enthusiasm for life and her passion for equality. The story still charms me after all these years and will be one that I will continue to reread through out my life.
2) The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
If you have never read this book, I fear as an adult it may be too late. This book was so enchanting to me as a child, that I often dreamed of living at Moonacre. The magic that resonated off every page, filled my dreamworld during a time of unhappiness within my family due to bereavement. However, when I returned to it as an adult, something had been lost and I found it no longer seemed as believable as it had then. I almost wished I had left it as a memory rather than returning to read it. Though this does not marr my childhood love for it.
I recently watched the new film attached to the book called 'The Secrets of Moonacre' and was unhappy to find that it had been changed so drastically. I wish they had filmed it the same way it was written.
3) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
As far as I was concerned, I was Anne! I was very similar in nature to her and she was my idol whilst growing up. I even had the long red hair, that caused everyone to call me names like 'Carrots'. For anyone who does not know, Anne of Green Gables follows the story of Anne, an orphan, who goes to live with an elderly brother and sister and changes their lives for ever.
Anne is clumsy and struggles with her looks, yet she is loving and full of passion for life. Her love of literature is infectious and you find yourself loving her instantly.
I can highly recommend the Canadian TV adaptation of Anne Of Green Gables,which was filmed in 1985 and starred the delightful Megan Follows. To this date, it is still one of my most watched films.
4) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
When I try to determine why I love this book so much, it always comes back to one point. That Jo, one of the sisters wanted to be a writer. I loved her need and passion to write. Within the book, I relished the part where the four sisters created their own newspaper. It led me to create my own too, which I distributed weekly amongst my family members. I can still see their eyes rolling as they had to read them week in, week out.
5) Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
This was a book that my whole class read together when I first started secondary school. I didn't really enjoy my first year in that school and English lessons became my saving grace. I loved it when we all sat and read passages from the book together.
Harriet spied upon her neighbours and kept notes on them, just like a reporter. I found it appealed to my inner writer who had developed early into part of my personality. I could see myself in Harriet's personality.
These were not the only five books that held a special place in my heart as I child, but they are probably the most important and the most loved ones.
What books did you love as a child?