Books I Grew With

A fellow Tweeter asked if we could recall books we’d reading while a child. I said I’d name a few. Suddenly the horde of titles came in such a dam-busting flood, so I’ve taken my time to sort them… so, here they are, by author/publisher, as appropriate.

  • Comics:
    • Play-hour
    • Jack and Jill
  • Little Golden Books:
    • Suzie’s New Stove – The Little Chef’s Cookbook, The Poky Little Puppy, The Little Book, Hansel and Gretel, Heidi, Bambi, The Three Bears, The Three Little Kittens, Tootle, The Sweet Potato Vine, Scuffy the Tugboat, The Shy Little Kitten, The New Baby, The Twins, Duck and His Friends
  • Enid Blyton:
    • series: Noddy books, The Secret Seven, The Famous Five
    • The Magic Far-Away Tree
  • Laura Lee Hope: the Bobbsey Twins series
  • Cole’s Funny Picture Book 1, and also 2
  • Paul White: The Jungle Doctor series
  • L E Richards: Elizabeth Fry, The Angel of the Prisons
  • Alan Burgess: The Small Woman
  • Eric Williams:
    • The Wooden Horse
    • The Tunnel
  • Ian Serraillier:
    • The Enchanted Island (retelling twelve of Shakespeare’s works)
    • The Silver Sword

At this stage I left senior primary, and began secondary school.

  • Comic Book series:
    • Modesty Blaise – various graphic writers
  • Paul Brickhill:
    • Reach For The Sky (the Story of Douglas Bader)
    • The Great Escape
  • Jan de Hartog : The Inspector
  • Nevil Shute: A Town Like Alice
  • Audie Murphy: To Hell and Back
  • An autobiography of Pres. Dwight D Eisenhower
  • M E Clifton James: I was Monty’s Double
  • Magazine series: Purnell’s History of the Second World War
  • Meindert De Jong:
    • House of Sixty Fathers
    • Along Came a Dog
    • The Wheel on the School
  • Dorothy Wall: The Adventures of Blinky Bill
  • Asa E Carter: The Education of Little Tree (abridged and full versions)
  • Sid Fleischman: McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm
  • Fynn: Mister God, This Is Anna
  • Thomas McCall-Smith: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, series
  • Thomas Cahill:
    • Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilisation, The Gift of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Seas, Mysteries of the Middle Ages
    • A Saint on Death Row



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