Thursday 7 March 2024

Books my girls and I have loved over the years!

I never thought I would say this but I miss celebrating World Book Day. When my girls were at school they used to dress up as someone from a book and it was always a fun day. Finding out it was World Book Day got me thinking about books my girls and I have loved over the years.

stack of books on brown wooden table

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a story about a small caterpillar who emerges from an egg and begins eating everything in sight. After six days of eating fruits, sweets, and “junk” food, he gets a stomach ache. On the seventh day, the caterpillar eats a “nice leaf” and feels much better.

I loved this as a child and my girls did too! It is one of those stories which hasn't aged and is still much loved now.

We're going on a bear hunt.
Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

I remember first discovering this book while on placement from college at a nursery, the kids went crazy for this book and I understand why as my girls loved it too! Ellie's class at school did a whole assembly about it when she was younger. I wrote a whole blog post about it years ago which includes the cutest video of Ellie reading it, along with all of the actions. hehehe

Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Filled with laugh out loud hilarious text and cartoons, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series follows Greg Heffley as he records the daily trials and triumphs of friendship, family life and middle school where undersized weaklings have to share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books

My girls both loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and read most of them until a few years ago. I have just looked and there is a still a new one released every year. We went on to watch the films and loved them too. I would say these were the books which made my girls love reading!

Each Peach Pear Plum.
Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character.

When I was little Each Peach Pear Plum was one of my favourite books. It used to be the one that my Grandad was probably sick of reading to me.

Anything by Roald Dahl.
I used to love all of Roald Dahl's books, I think even before I could read a whole one myself I would listen to the audio cassettes. It is hard to pick my favourite but it would have to be between Matilda, George's Marvellous Medicine and Boy. At school for a whole term we did a project about The Witches. The term ended with us watching the film which was brilliant. I'll never forget the gasps when the Grand high witch removes her mask for the first time. Scary stuff when you're only about 11 years old.

Becky loved Charlie and the Chocolate factory. She read the book before seeing the movies and she prefers the Gene Wilder one rather than the Johnny Depp one. Ellie did read and did about The BFG at school but her favourite was Matilda. She loved it when the newest Matilda film was released as she loves all the songs too.

I can't write this blog post and not mention the Harry Potter book series. This is the only series of books which I have made sure to get the next instalment as soon as it's released.

What are your favourite books which you and your children both loved?


  1. I was a huge fan of Enid Blyton and loved the Famous Five and the boarding school stories at Malory Towers and St. Clare's. I was thrilled that my daughter loved them too!

  2. Thisiswhereitisat7 March 2024 at 14:02

    Awesome list and we also love Ronald Dhal X

  3. The only one from this list I don't know is Each Peach Pear Plum but at least one of my boys loved all the rest you've mentioned.

  4. It sounds like great fun - dressing like your favorite character. I recognized most of the books mentioned.