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World Book Day Celebration: The Books That Shaped My Childhood Years

Today, Thursday the 5th of March 2020, is World Book Day! This day holds so many memories for me. As a bookish person, today has always been a day where everyone celebrates one of my favourite things; books!

Every year whilst I attended both primary and high school I would dress up as a book character to celebrate this day. In return I would receive a £1 book token to purchase either a special WBD novella for free or to use as £1 off any other children’s books.

After leaving school I haven’t found a way of celebrating this day as an adult. On the occasion when WBD has fallen on a day when I have been teaching, I have dressed up accordingly but that is all. So I am very pleased to be writing this blog post dedicated to WBD!

To celebrate World Book Day a bunch of wonderful bloggers and I have each created a post reminiscing about our fondest childhood books. We’ve all been busy compiling lists of our favourite books that had an impact on our childhood in some way or another. Here are the bloggers taking part;

Now onto the books that shaped my childhood years:

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I couldn’t possibly not mention Harry Potter so I thought I’d put this very typical series first and then move on to some series’ and books that aren’t so familiar or popular!

Harry Potter is a series adored by children and adults who have grown up reading the books and watching the films, and I’m no different. This series most definitely paved the way for me to continue reading and loving fantasy books.

The Sleepover Club

The thing I remember most about this series of books is that they seemed endless. I think I read the books in both Welsh (my first language) and English from my local library, so no wonder I kept finding new ones to read if I was reading double the books!

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan when I was in primary school. Tracy Beaker was probably the first book I read but I quickly ticked off all the published novels I could get my hands on! A couple of other favourites of mine was Double Act and The Bed and Breakfast Star, I loved the adventures all of Jacqueline Wilson’s characters had. I recently read My Mum, Tracy Beaker and it was so lovely to revisit a character I connected with as a child after she’s grown up.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Considering my bedroom was decorated with Beatrix Potter wallpaper, one of my first toys was a Peter Rabbit teddy and I was given a beautiful set of Beatrix Potter’s books, I think I was destined to adore these stories! I’ve always loved the tales of these beautiful animals getting up to mischief.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

I picked these books up from the library during my early teenage years and quickly devoured them! Lyra seemed to be living the dream life, jumping between various worlds and discovering all sort of things. I was delighted when I found out the BBC were creating a tv series for one of my all time favourite trilogies. I’m hoping, now I’ve purchased my own set, to reread these books this year.

Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman

The Noughts and Crosses series probably had the biggest impact on my life out of all these books. The novels were probably the first books I read that dealt with issues such as race and oppression, something I wasn’t wholly familiar with from living in a very secluded and white area. This series scattered my very naive views of the world and established some challenging thoughts within my mind. A fifth book was published in this series last year which I’m very disappointed to say I have yet to read! But I did meet Malorie Blackman at YALC last year (with my pile of books) and it was one of the most amazing moments of my life.

Which books shaped your childhood? Did we read any of the same books?

The bloggers and I have been very organised and also created a chain system in which all our blog posts are linked! Now that you have read my post, I would recommend checking out Lauren @ FictionTea’s childhood reads. And in thirty minutes I would suggest heading over to Kate @ ReadingThroughInfinity’s to read her blog post.

Bookishly yours,


12 thoughts on “World Book Day Celebration: The Books That Shaped My Childhood Years

  1. Peter Rabbit filled up so much bedtime reading for me. Both my sister and I had full sets of these books and we loved them! Northern Lights is also a big series for me too. My grandmother bought me the first book when I was 10/11 as she’d heard Philip Pullman was a good author and I think it had to be one of the first books I couldn’t put down. It’s been a favourite of mine ever since and it’s one of the only childhood series I will probably re-read forever.

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