Top Ten Books from my Childhood



This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from the Broke and the Bookish is:

Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

I grew up in Singapore, which was a former British settlement, and we are still influenced by British culture quite a bit. So as a kid I read a lot of Enid Blyton.


The Wishing Chair

The Children of Willow Farm

Such magical stories! It’s not easy to find these Enid Blyton titles in the libraries here (although there are plenty of Secret Seven and Famous Five books), so I’m going to have to try to find them elsewhere! Book Depository perhaps.


Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild

I just bought myself the sweetest copy from Book Outlet the other day. And am so pleased with it! I can’t wait to read it again!



Charlotte’s Web – EB White 

I bought a copy from an independent bookstore in Palo Alto last year, intending to read it out loud to Wee Reader but I haven’t yet managed to do it. Part of me hesitates because it’s so sad!!


Just as Long as We’re Together – Judy Blume

It’s hard to pick a favourite Judy Blume book. I loved Deenie and Tiger Eyes and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. But this was probably one of the Judy Blume books I reread the most.


The Story about Ping – Marjorie Flack, Kurt Wiese (Illustrator)

Thanks to the frustration magic of having children, I’ve been able to revisit some of my childhood favourites already. Like this story about a little yellow duck who lives on the Yangtze River. I remember that we had our own copy as a kid and I rather adored it.


Popcorn – Frank Asch

I picked up our very own copy at the library book sale last year. I was so very pleased as I was rather fond of this book as a kid.


The BFG – Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

I tried to read this to Wee Reader a year or so ago – which was a bit of a mistake as it begins with a dark night and a creature creeping around! I’m going to try again this year.


A Little Princess – France’s Hodgson Burnett

Oh poor little Sara Crewe. I can’t remember when I first read this but I was quite devoted to Sara Crewe. I’m not sure why, as thinking about it now I realize how sad the story is. An orphan. A horrible woman runs the school and treats her like crap when the news breaks. It looks like I’m going to have to reread this with my 30something eyes.


Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery

How my sister and I adored Anne – the book and the TV series! She’s so much fun to read. Ok I really want to go read this now…


  1. Hmm…I will have to look for the BFG. David loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel. I know we have so many other Dahl books to read, though!


  2. Oh, I’ve just been through a phase where I’ve read The Story About Ping pretty much every night. It’s one of those children’s books that don’t get old, no matter how many times you’ve got to read it.


  3. One of the best things about having children is getting the chance to revisit your own childhood books! Several of my favorites are here, but I’m still disappointed none of my girls loved Harriet the Spy like I did.


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