We all have those books which stick with us for life. First novels or short stories, myths even folktales can ignite our love for storytelling, reading and writing or kick-start our oldest memories of happy endings and fairytales- especially as a child.
As we grow older, nostalgia kicks in and we find ourselves with an urge to relive particular stories that we associate with particular times in our past.
So I’m going to share some of my personal favorites with you!
First up is Superfudge by Judy Blume which I first purchased at my year 4 book fair. I still have a copy of this bent and cracked bright orange book but it is still a riveting story, vivid in my memory.
The story is about Fudge – an erratic, impossible and annoying little brother to Peter. Life is tough for Peter, competing with his irritating little brother, so when Peter finds out his mother is pregnant; his whole life is turned upside down. Life gets worse when the family move from Manhattan to Princeton, New Jersey while Dad writes a book and rents a friend’s house for the year.
The book is filled with great characters like the family bird Uncle Feather and of course baby Tootsie. It also includes some great memorable chapters like when Peter drinks too much Island punch at work and argues over the bathroom with Fudge. Also take caution when reading this to any children who still believe in Santa Claus. You have been warned!
Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley was a book often read at carpet-time in primary school. My classmates and I were utterly engrossed with Ridley’s intrinsic use of detail. His description of Lizard Street which had been invaded by the Krindlekrax dragon was absolutely alluring.
It’s such a fantastic read for both genders, which is truly a rarity!
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson was one of my most treasured books as a young girl. The story revolves around Andy who lives in a quaint cottage in Mulberry Close with her loving parents.
Once they divorce, the decision on where to live is not an easy one to make. Both her parents remarry and it takes a toll on Andy who creates an imaginary friend called Radish who keeps her company, especially when her step siblings are mean to her. Will Andy ever recover from all these changes in her life?
Lastly, the Biff, Chip and Kipper books are great when learning phonics and simply early years reading, especially from ages 4-6., which are crucial to the development of a child’s reading abilities.
These books are very simple and well illustrated, colourful and interesting. My earliest memories of getting excited to read included these books! They truly spark a child’s imagination and are also now available in an audio book version.
Remember, “To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” – AC Grayling
Idman- Impact Teachers Recruitment Consultant