Top 5 Books That Inspired You To Read As A Child

As a child, I remember hours of car journeys with my dad playing a certain game called Top 5 Favourite. It was more interesting than Eye Spy and more exciting as I really believed my dad had made it up. It’s only in the past few years that he has admitted that he stole the idea from Nick Hornby‘s High Fidelity. However, I still love to play this game on long car journeys.

Recently, someone asked me why I loved to read so much and how they could get there child to love reading. I thought about it and came up with my Top 5 Book That Inspired Me To Read As A Child.

1. The Famous Five – Enid Blyton

I desperately wanted to be part of this gang when I was younger! I especially liked George and secretly thought that I made a better Tom Boy than her. These books are timeless. Children will always have time for reading about smugglers, caves, caravans and treasure.

2. Roald Dahl

Ok, so it’s not one book, but an author. It is so difficult to choose one particular book when it comes to this great author. My particular favourites are George’s Marvellous Medicine for being so outrageously rude about grannies, James and The Giant Peach for creating such a lovable group of characters and of course The Minpins for bringing to life the most frightening creatures imaginable and scaring me out of my wits!

3.  The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S.Lewis

These books are filled with magic and imagination. The idea of walking through a wardrobe into a different world is so appealing, that it still excites me. These books should be read when young enough to miss all the religious references. I read them all in a week while ill off school when I was nine, I loved every minute!

4. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

A slightly more grown up fantasy book. Whereas Narnia was filled with obvious magic, the magic in His Dark Materials is much more subtle and even scientific. Also, religion is a lot more apparent in this series and not in a way I think C.S.Lewis would have appreciated. The main character, Lyra is a lot easier to relate to compared with innocent Lucy in Narnia. Lyra is a naughty, scruffy little girl who seems to find trouble wherever she goes. However she is brave and determined to get what she wants, even if it means danger to herself.

5. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Series – Joan Aiken

A brilliant series set in a fictional Britain in the 19th century. The first book is about two orphaned children who run away from their horrible, plotting governess ‘Miss Slighcarp’, who is after Sir Willoughby’s money. On their journey they meet many friends who help them on their way and then pop up in later books. The books are well worth reading as the characters are all so unique and the stories are so enjoyable and adventurous!

What books most inspired you to read as a child?

9 thoughts on “Top 5 Books That Inspired You To Read As A Child

  1. Dahl was definitely a fun one (although I think I enjoy his stuff more as an adult than I did as a kid), but I was absolutely in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. I read my copy of Little House on the Prairie until the cover fell off, and the entire series holds a very special place in my heart. I can imagine laying in bed with my daughter or son, reading the series together.


    • That’s another thing about children’s book – because they hold so many lovely memories, you always treasure them! I wish I could keep all the books I read as a child, even the really battered ones!


  2. Awwwwww. I agree with your Top 5 list! There was no Harry Potter when I was a kid, so I looooooved C.S Lewis and Roald Dahl. Not to mention Enid Blyton and E. Nesbit. Those books never grow old 🙂


  3. Like you, my favourite books that inspired me as a child were by Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and C S Lewis. My favourite book was George’s Marvellous Medicine which became very tatty and worn and which I treasure now. However I also blame Roald Dahl for my fear of beards after reading about Mr Twit’s 🙂 Love the site – I’ve just decided to get back into reading more by working my way through some of the classics (old and modern)…loving them 🙂


    • Yes, I’ve always had a bit of a thing about beards (and not in a good way!) Good luck with the reading! There’s so much out there it is impossible to know where to start!

      Thanks for the comment.


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