I love reading, but as a child I LOVED reading. Which, in turn, meant I LOVED World Book Day, because who doesn't want £1 book token and the chance to dress up as you're favourite fictional character?
My best and most memorable World Book Day fancy dress was the year I opted for The Cat in the Hat. We spent weeks prior scouring local fancy dress shops (because online shopping wasn't a thing yet) for the perfect top hat and bowtie combo. When they day came I wore it with pride, quietly judging those who had come dressed as a superhero or Disney character or something else that wasn't strictly speaking a book character. You know the ones.
I read a lot of books throughout my childhood. In one Year Four class assembly, we all had to stand up at talk about our favourite hobby. I didn't think I had a favourite hobby because I wasn't part of a club, and I didn't play the violin and I didn't like sports. So I – very reluctantly because if I hate public speaking at the age of 23, I hated it even more at the age eight – stood up and spoke about going to the library. And at the time I felt really silly, because reading wasn't cool. Except now I feel even sillier because at the age eight I thought baby pink parachute trousers were cool, so what did I know? Reading is definitely cool.
Anyway. My point being, is that I read a lot. I read the obvious ones, the Harry Potters and Roald Dahls and the entirety of Jacqueline Wilson's pre-2004 back catalogue; and I read the classic ones, A Little Princess, and Charlotte's Web and so on. So today, I thought I'd discuss the ones that I still remember all these years on. Not necessarily my favourites, but ones that I recall really enjoying, and reading multiple times.
Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Alan Ahlbergh
If you don't know Janet and Alan Ahlbergh's Each Peach Pear Plum, where even were you. It rhymes and it encompasses a myriad of fairy tale characters who end up coming together to share plum pie in the sun (#spoliers). Also did I mention that it rhymes?!
There's a Wolf in my Pudding - David Henry Wilson
As well as reading this one, I also listened to it as an audiobook, on repeat, again and again and again. These stories are a humorous take on classic fairytales, if I remember correctly, often narrated by Red Riding Hood's Wolf.
David Henry Wilson also wrote the Jeremy James books, which I also loved, and also listened to constantly on audio book.
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
The film version of Angus Thongs and Full Frontal (was there really and need to change it to perfect?) Snogging, has nothing on (the sadly late) Louise Rennison's 10-book-series. I'm not sure I'll ever get over the fact that film Jas didn't have a fringe, but it's ok because book Jas will always be fringey.
Special mentions go out to The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson, Flour Babies by Anne Fine, The Sheep Gave a Leap by Hilda Offen, and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.