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Teachers' Favourite Books

Mrs Morrow: I was a real bookworm as a child and read lots of books many many times over. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton were particular favourites but my absolute favourite book was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. 

Mrs Thompson: I always loved reading and Enid Blyton was a real favourite.

Here I am reading one of the Famous Five series, aged about 8. 

Picture 1

Mrs Martin: I also loved Enid Blyton but my absolute favourite was Noel Streatfield.   My mum used to have to take my book away to stop me from reading when I should have been asleep.  I liked 'White Boots' the best because I used to ice skate but I also enjoyed Ballet Shoes, The Circus Comes to Town, Apple Bough, Gemma and Sisters, Sunday's Child and as many others as I could get my hands on.  

 

Miss Willars:  My favourite book as a child was the Harry Potter series. The Philosopher's Stone was first published when I was 10 years old, and so began my journey of magical discovery. I eagerly waited by the post box on my 11th birthday for an owl delivering news of my place at Hogwarts. I am still waiting now!

Picture 1 Baby Willars - an early reader!
Mrs Pope: I loved Enid Blyton too - I was complete Famous Five addict. The style may be a little dated now but they are still brilliant stories. 
Mrs Hill:  When I was 10, I had my tonsils out and my best friend gave me a copy of 'What Katy Did' by Susan Coolidge to read while I was off school. I loved the book not just for the great story, but because it was a beautiful blue hard back with  gold lettering on the cover and fantastic illustrations inside. Jacqueline Wilson has recently written a more up-to-date and realistic version of this story called  just 'Katy' which my 9 year old daughter really enjoyed.  

Mrs Moss:  The first book I remember was a book of fairy stories that I read with my Mum at bedtime; I would often choose the longest one possible! So my Mum bought a book called 365 Stories for Bedtime - one for every day of the year- so that there would be no arguments (Mums can be sneaky like that!). 

When I was in year 1, my teacher read to us, 'The owl who was afraid of the dark'  and it was one of my favourites to read to my own children many years later. 

Reading on my own I started with the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton  and I loved the idea of visiting new strange lands. When I was around nine I became obsessed with comics, particularly The Beano and even joined the fan club (I wonder where my badges ended up?). I also started reading Enid Blyton's Famous Five series - 'with lashings of ginger beer'.

My next obsession was Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome: I remember reading 3 of the series, during a summer holiday to Boscastle in Cornwall, in quick succession.  I  was fascinated by the thought of treasure maps and going exploring without an adult (don't try it, or you'll get into trouble!). Another book that made a lasting impression was Watership Down  by Richard Adams; I think it was the first book that made me cry- a good author will make you believe in the characters so much they seem very real!

And now I'm all grown up and only read really serious, boring adult books.

 

NO! I read lots and lots of children's book ( as well as ones written for adults). I love  all the Harry Potter books; The Hunger Games; The Book Thief; Wonder;  Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy; anything by Terry Pratchett. or Neil Gaiman, or Iva Ibbotson and so many more.....

So if you've read a good book, I'm always open to new ideas for my next bedtime reading choice - please come and tell me!