Fave Childhood Reads | #WBDwithUKYA
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Today in the UK is World Book Day and to help celebrate this myself and a few other UKYA bloggers have grouped together to crate a Blog Hop. Keep reading to find out more information about World Book Day, my childhood fave reads, and who else you can blog hop too throughout the day.
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WBD is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Information taken from WBD website, and whilst this post is inspired by them it isn’t sponsored.
I wanted to really sit down and think outside the box for this answer. I’m sure there will be plenty of Harry Potters and Magic Faraway Trees which I too loved but here’s a chance for me to shout about some other childhood faves for me.
Ms Wiz series by Terence Blacker, illustrated by Tony Ross
Whilst creating the list I not only found out it was ridiculously hard to find decent cover images, but that this series is also unavailable to purchase these days which makes me rather sad.
Ms Wiz is an 18 book series that I loved to read from the library when I was much younger. She was probably my first introduction to a powerful, independent and witchy woman. I loved reading about her magical adventures and very much wanted to follow her anywhere.
I only read two books from the Edgar & Ellen series by Charles Ogden [amazon | wordery] but I adored these.
In fact I think I even have the Hardback copies in the house somewhere still because of this.
They were the perfect gothic fantasy reads for a child being told no black isn’t something she can wear every day.
The mischief Edgar & Ellen got up too (even in just the two books I read) was a nice change of pace and very humourous.
Next up is another series but I believe I only read the one book; Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald [amazon]. Ands it’s not even the first in a series?! Look at how care free of a reader I was.
I remember being obsessed with this book as my copy had shiny bits on the front and I was really into the idea of being able to predict the future.
Mood rings really were all the rage at the time I read this book and I was dying to have my own extra special powers one day too. I easily read this at least 5 times.
Angels Unlimited series by Annie Dalton | amazon + wordery
A bit of a change of pace here as this series is classed as YA on Goodreads but I would personally class it as Teen at the very oldest.
Anyway I read books 5 and 6 from this series before returning to read the first book. Never read any more than that as the library didn’t have them when I went in so I moved on.
Kind of sad I didn’t pursue the series further as it was really fun reading about Mel who was a strong, time-travelling angel defeating bad guys!
From what I remember returning to book 1 was really nice after the other two I read because it showed where she started and even from those books I could see good character development.
Last but not least I’m going to pick The Sleepover Club [amazon | wordery] which is written by a variety of authors and also had a spin-off series too (Frankie I love you). It’s also 59 books long? Wow.
I’ll be honest I devoured a lot of these books during Primary School from their library but I didn’t really track which ones. This cover really stands out to me as familiar though.
I was very much obsessed with these books and I think this had something to do with the fact the girls are all very different but still have a great friendship. Sometimes you just need to read something soft and sweet.
Okay I lied, I’m going to drop two honorary mentions to Jacqueline Wilson & The Spiderwick Chronicles.
As I mentioned at the start of this post it’s a blog hop with a post going live on the hour every hour today! Every person taking part will link to the blogger before and after them for easy navigation.
Now you’ve read my fave five make sure to stop by Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish who is next on the schedule! I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts.
As I’m first on this blog hop there is no one before for me to link up too, instead the full schedule is below:
#WBDwithUKYA blog hop
↠ Lauren @ Norther Plunder
↠ Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish
↠ Layla @ Readable Life
↠ Vicky @ What Vicky Read
↠ Isabelle @ Folded Paper Foxes
↠ Connie @ Connie Reads
↠ Neelam @ The Tsundoku Chronicles
↠ Beth @ Booksnest
↠ Olivia @ Stagey Bookish
↠ Lauren @ Fictiontea
↠ Shaye @ A Reading Brit
↠ Jaz @ Travels in Fiction
↠ Nikki @ Books and Lemonsquash
↠ Amy @ Little Booknerds in the Corner
↠ Ben @ Ben Reads
↠ Imi @ Imi Reviews Books
↠ Faye @ Day Dreamer Thoughts
↠ Stephanie @ Never Enough Novels
This whole blog hop was created with Beths UKYA blogger discord server as we decided we wanted to celebrate WBD! Special thanks to Charlotte for the banners, Steph for organising us into an idea and schedule, and of course to Beth for her initial message that inspired us all.
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25 thoughts on “5 Fave Childhood Reads | #WBDwithUKYA”
YESSS Angels Unlimited!! I’ve included those in my post and I wasn’t sure if anyone else would even have heard of them! That makes me so happy. I love this selection of books and like you said, it’s good to see some different/unique ones!
OH MY GOD, I totally forgot about Angels Unlimited!! I had a reading log at school and I remember writing in it about Judy Bloom and Angels Unlimited and I copied the cartoons from the covers too!! I need to find that now…
Judy Bloom…. Am I an actual idiot hahaha, I mean Judy Moody, I was just was too excited clearly haha
Judy Moody YESSSSS!!! Excellent choice right there!
Ooh gutted about Ms Wiz!
I loved the Ms Wiz books too! She was definitely my answer to ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’!
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OMG OMG I AM A FAN OF JUDY MOODY. I’ve read maybe 5+ books from that series during my childhood. I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND I WANT TO REREAD THE SERIES BUT I DON’T HAVE COPIES OF THE BOOKS. I only borrowed them from our mini-library in school.
I also loved Magic Treehouse, Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, and Babysitter’s Club when I was a kid. They shaped me into the bookdragon I am now and I’m so grateful.
I haven’t read any of them but Edgar and Ellen sounds so cool? I loved this post and now thinking back what some of my childhood favs were … anything Cornelia Funke that’s for sure. I’ve read all of her books countless times. I also really loved the books about a witch named Lily (forgot the author and the title). I could say them word per word.
Oh my god, Judy Moody? How have I not heard of this, I feel like it would have been right up my alley.
Funny how things differ per country an per person. I can’t remember reading any translated children’s books back in the 90s, they mainly were from Dutch authors. As a result, I don’t know any of your childhood reads.
I haven’t read any of these, but I’m always looking for new books to read with my kids!
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬
These aren’t exactly childhood because I was already around 13 when I read them, but there’s this series of Portuguese books called “Triângulo Jota” that I LOVED. It was basically three teenagers solving mysteries, but it was slightly darker than usual. I remember that I used to get them on my school’s library and the librarians were always surprised because I read one a day 😅
I used to love reading Hank the Cowdog and the Babysitter’s Club, I completely forgot about Judy Moody! I am going to look at the library for it, I think my daughter would love Judy Moody.
oooooh I didn’t know WBD was also a charity, but that’s such an awesome mission! and omg I loved Judy Moody, I somehow managed to talk my mom into buying me a mood ring after reading this one, and I remember being super confused bc it used a different color key 😂 that’s the only one on your list I’ve read though, hm.
depending on what era of childhood we’re talking about, I’m still quite fond of Series of Unfortunate Events, The Little Prince, Babysitters Club, Little House …. and of course Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!
Oh my! I haven’t read ANY of the books on this list! :O
I’m so glad you enjoyed them though :)
I don’t think I’ve read any of the books of your list, I do remember always seeing Judy Moody books but never getting round to getting them from the library
Yay to Judy Moody! Such good books 💛
OMG what I never read or even heard of these books, except the sleepover club! I feel like I missed out now lol
Oh my gosh, I completely forgot about Judy Moody! I used to have a few of those books – I don’t think it was the first in the series either!
OMG Angels Unlimited!!! I definitely remember them.And the Mega sleepover club, I used to adore those books
I remember reading The Sleepover Club! I had no idea there were so many books in the series in the end though!
Oh my goodness THE SLEEPOVER CLUB. I totally forgot about that series and you completely threw me back to my childhood oh my goodness. Wow. I also read Judy Moody and Angels Unlimited when I was younger too.
YESSS i hd a avery lomg list and the more i though back on my reading the more i remembered!!
Oh! I remember the cover of Angels unlimited !! I’m not sure if I did read them or not though … i think I saw it when my bestfriend’s was reading it or something