World Book Day: Staff’s Favourite Childhood Reads!

29 February 2024

As part of the build-up to World Book Day, some of our members of staff have been sharing their favourite childhood reads!

Check them out below!

Mrs Ribenfors
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Why? “It transports the reader to another world!”

Mr Herring
Age 6-7: Paddington, Age 7-8: Winnie the Pooh, Age 8-now: The Hobbit

Mrs Pointon
The Twins of St Clare’s and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Miss Monnier
The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Mrs Oldrieve
The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
Why? “It combines history and adventure!”

Mrs Alsop
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Why? “It was the first Discworld novel I read and it opened up a lifelong love of the series, which is still my go-to comfort read now.”

Mr Reading
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Why? “It was the first time that I realised words could rhyme and that there was music in language!”

Mr Leonard
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Mr Ribenfors
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Miss Orford
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

Mrs Ball
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Why? “I loved it because it described the magic of being outside with such clarity, and brought the daffodils and robins alive to me. Mary Lennox’s character blossoms and shows such strength.”

Mrs Kaack
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mrs Court
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Miss Sullivan
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Why (The Hungry Caterpillar)? “I knew it off by heart but still loved to turn over each section and see the pictures of what he ate.”
Why (Ballet Shoes)? “It was my mum’s favourite book so she passed it on to me. It’s about three adopted sisters who all have very different loves and personalities.”

Miss Cullen
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
The Nancy Drew Detective Series

Mr Chanter
Harry the Poisonous Centipede by Lynne Reid Banks

Mr Marshall
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner