World Book Day 2019: Top 5 Childhood Reads

For World Book Day this year, I have partnered up with some fantastic UKYA bloggers, who you can see in the picture above, to bring you guys some fun posts about our favourite childhood reads. If you didn’t see Layla’s blog post about her favourite childhood reads, make sure you catch it over at her blog here.

I think World Book Day is a great initiative to encourage children to develop a love of reading early on in their lives. If you’re unsure of what World Book Day is, it is a day mostly celebrated in Primary schools across the UK where children are encouraged to read and dress up as their favourite book characters. Children are given a £1 book voucher which they can either use in exchange for a specially written World Book Day book, or they can use either towards a physical book or audio book of their choice.

World Book Day was always a fun day for me. One of the best things about it when I was younger was the dressing up as a character from a book. I remember one year I went as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz wearing my little red tap shoes and carrying a little, fluffy, toy dog. I dressed as other characters but that’s the one that stands out the most. My mum used to take us to Waterstones with our £1 voucher and we’d pick our World Book Day book.

To celebrate World Book Day this year, myself and the bloggers you see in the image above have come together to bring you our top 5 childhood reads. So without further ado, here are mine:

  1. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson – I don’t remember much about what this book involved, but I do remember that I really enjoyed this one and read it quite a few times. An honourable Jacqueline Wilson mention that I also loved but haven’t included is The Lottie Project.
  2. Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows – I read and collected the ‘fairy books’, as I called them, religiously. Not just the books in the series though, but also the special jumbo books. I don’t even know how many I read, but I really loved these books and would class them as a staple part of my childhood.
  3. Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy – Cathy Cassidy’s books were some of my absolute favourites when I was younger. I had every single book of hers and would read some of them over and over again, Scarlett being one of them. If I could put more than one of her books on this list, I totally would. To the left, you can see a picture of me with Cathy. I met her once at Hay Festival and again when she came to my local bookshop. I was 17 when this picture was taken, but had to meet her because I just loved her books! If I’m totally honest, she was my favourite author when I was younger.
  4. Candy Floss by Jacqueline Wilson – I used to love Candy Floss and back when I didn’t have that many books to read (couldn’t really buy them for myself as I wasn’t earning anything at the age of 9), this was definitely one of the books that I re-read over and over again.
  5. Felicity Wishes: Friendship and Fairy School by Emma Thomson – These books were some of my absolute favourites when I was younger. They also remind me of when my mum used to take me and my sister to the library to get these books out and how one year, we completed the Summer reading challenge and won a medal!

Honourable mentions:

  • Katie Morag
  • Milly Molly Mandy
  • Lettice the Dancing Rabbit
  • Goosebumps
  • Animal Ark
  • My Secret Unicorn
  • The Rainbow Fish

So those are my top 5 childhood reads, including some honourable mentions! Make sure you check out the rest of the blog posts by the fabulous bloggers I have partnered up with to celebrate World Book Day with!

Isabelle will be sharing her top 5 childhood reads next, so you make sure you look out for that! Her post can be found on her blog here.

Are you celebrating World Book Day? What are your favourite childhood reads?

22 thoughts on “World Book Day 2019: Top 5 Childhood Reads

    1. Definitely! I don’t remember a lot of what some of her books were about, but I do think they’ve encouraged empathy and understanding, regardless of whether we can remember what the books dealt with specifically!


  1. This is such a lovely idea- and what a trip down memory lane :O I was absolutely batty for the Rainbow Magic/ fairy books- and I’d forgotten they even existed until I saw this post! Now I feel all nostalgic 😂


  2. Omg this post has brought back so many memories. Jacqueline Wilson dominated my entire childhood, I remember re-reading Lola Rose so many times, but I can’t really remember what it was about either. My Sister Jodie and Candyfloss were a couple other of my favourites too! The Rainbow Magic series too oh my, I’m pretty sure I still have my ‘Evie The Mist Fairy’ book somewhere 😂 The Felicity Wishes book was another favourite, I was just obsessed with the illustrations more than anything! Loved this!

    Evie x |


  3. I never read them myself, but I remember my younger sister obsessively collecting the Fairy books, you couldn’t walk through my parents house without tripping over one.


  4. Lola Rose, Candyfloss, and Scarlett are all some of my favourites too! Lola Rose is my favourite of all of them and I could probably recite the whole plot (and probably remember some quotes from it too). Scarlett is also close – I remember a few years ago, just for fun, I started writing a screenplay adaptation of it (because that’s clearly what I did as a teenager in my spare time) and Cathy was thrilled that I was doing it!


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