Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Top Ten Fave Children's Lit

I had plans to do a YALC cosplay top 10 today, but it would’ve involved being more comfortable asking people I don’t really know for pictures, and that’s really not me. Sorry!

HOWEVER #favechildrenslit is trending on Twitter, so what better day to share 10 of my childhood favourite books and series?

The Drina series by Jean Estoril – My most reread books ever, I completely adore this 11 book series about a girl brought up by her grandparents, fighting her grandmother’s disapproval to try and make it in the world of ballet. I love the characters here – Drina’s grandparents are two of the first REALLY well-rounded adult characters I remember reading about as a child. Also lots of gorgeous settings, including New York, Madeira and Edinburgh.

The Jennings series by Anthony Buckeridge – Favourites of my dad’s, who loved reading them to me when I was very young. Completely hilarious and the humour holds up really well even so many years after it was originally written. Set in a boarding school, they follow the misadventures of Jennings, an outgoing boy with the best of intentions but a tendency to mess things up, his best friend Darbishire – perpetually worried, but never quite able to back out of ideas however sure he is they’ll go wrong – and the rest of their classmates at Linbury Court.

The Abbey Series by Elsie J Oxenham – Okay these really HAVEN’T held up well in many ways, especially anything that involves working class characters. Having said that I still have a massive soft spot for this sprawling series (38 books in the main series, with various other ‘connectors’) about cousins Joy and Joan Shirley and the friends they make, with the series following them as they grow up from being teenagers until they are married with children of their own. Also Jen Robins was my first literary crush.

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

The Wolves of Wiloughby Chase series by Joan Aiken

The Chalet School series by Elinor M Brent Dyer

The William series by Richmal Crompton

The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

The Snow Spider trilogy by Jenny Nimmo

The Sadler’s Wells series by Lorna Hill     

Future Classics

While I wanted to use the post to share my own childhood favourites, it’s also great to celebrate the incredible MG books and series out there at the moment. So here are 10 that I think will be making these kind of lists in 30 years time!

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

The Dreamsnatcher series by Abi Elphinstone

The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson by Stephanie Burgis

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master

Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens