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Initial post: 19 Dec 2009 18:22:53 GMT
M. Harper says:
When I was young I spent most of my pocket money on books and haunted the second-hand bookshops, car boot sales etc. to get the best value for my money that I could! As a consequence, I read a lot of books that must have been published in the 50's, 60's, 70's etc.

I'm assuming that somewhere there are lists/books of children's literature from these times - top ten lists or authors? Can anyone help with where to look?

I remember books like Enid Blyton (of course!), The Borrowers, Wind in the Willows, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, C.S Lewis, Alice in Wonderland because they're not the sort you forget, but I know there are others I would love to re-discover.

Would appreciate any help!

Posted on 19 Dec 2009 20:39:04 GMT
Fee fee says:
Along with those you've mentioned, I remember reading Mrs Pepperpot and Fattypuffs and Thinifers. Also the Moomintrolls come to mind...x

Posted on 19 Dec 2009 20:40:11 GMT
M. Harper says:
Oh yes, Mrs Pepperpot! Thanks for reminding me about her!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2009 20:49:48 GMT
fantasticdeb says:
Lucy Mangan has been writing a column called 'Book Corner' in the Guardian's family section over the last year or so. If you get onto the Guardian website and search for her name you will find a page with all her articles on. You will have to troll through them for the book corner articles, but you may find she covered some of your old favourites and more! Good Luck

Posted on 19 Dec 2009 20:55:24 GMT
AnetteF says:
If you type 'Wordsworth's Children's Classics' into the Amazon search box, you'll find lots of books you'll remember.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2009 13:09:31 GMT
Don't forget the amazing Phantom Tollbooth!

Posted on 21 Dec 2009 19:55:48 GMT
LifeGoesOn says:
How about Nurse Matilda. I remember those books with great fondness.

Posted on 22 Dec 2009 08:46:11 GMT
M. Harper says:
Some excellent suggestions here and lovely memories too :)

I've also found Pamela Brown, Jean Estoril (I was the typical ballet-crazy little girl, even though I can't dance. At all!) and Dorita Fairlie Bruce (I adored school stories).

Posted on 22 Dec 2009 14:12:27 GMT
F. Pawley says:
Little Women,
Good Wive,
Jo's Boys - all by Louisa M.Allcott

What Katy Did
What Katy Did Next - Susan Coolridge


To name a few.

Posted on 22 Dec 2009 14:13:45 GMT
F. Pawley says:
Oh, forgot to mention 'Pippa Longstocking'.

If you like these you may like my own book 'Merlin's Crystal' which is a trilogy!

Posted on 22 Dec 2009 16:02:31 GMT
Jen Errik says:
I rebought Pamela Brown's 'Swish of the Curtain' last year: it was fun to read it again. Along similar lines, Streatfield's 'Gemma' books. And if you read school stories, did you read the Chalet School books? (Elinor Brent-Dyer.) Or - different kind of school books - the Molesworth books by Geoffrey Williams and Ronald Searle?
Other possible names - Elizabeth Goudge (I loved Henrietta's House), Elizabeth Enright (The Saturdays), Malcolm Saville (don't know why I read those except that they did frequently turn up in second hand bookshops), Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons), Hugh Walters (Passage to Pluto etc - I'd rebuy those if I could afford to.) Laura Ingalls Wilder - the little house books. Land of Green Ginger? (Noel Langley) or Clement Freud's Grimble books? (Still got both of those...)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2009 18:42:23 GMT
M. Harper says:
Thanks Jen!

A lot of these are new to me (plus a few favourites - I never read all of the Chalet books, but as many as I could find!).

And thanks to F. Pawley... Pippi Longstocking was a favourite, though I never read the Katy Did books. Getting quite a list....!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2009 23:55:55 GMT
LEP says:
Malcolm Saville's books.
What Katy did & What Katy did next
The Railway Children
Any of Nesbitt's books.
Carrie's War
The Narnia series by C S Lewis
Little Women

Some of those that you've already listed and some of mine pre-date 1950's, although they were familiar to us as children in the 50/60's etc.

Posted on 23 Dec 2009 16:18:16 GMT
AnetteF says:
*sigh* Pippi Longstocking... now that brings back memories :-) I read all the books and watched all the films and thought she was the coolest girl on the face of the earth... not only because she had more freckles than I saw looking back at me in the mirror!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2009 16:44:40 GMT
The Bobbsey Twins? Tom Swift? The Hardy Boys?

Posted on 23 Dec 2009 23:34:45 GMT
Andrew C says:
I would say anything by Elizabeth Enwright, (Gone Away Lake, The Four Story Mistake), great stories about nothing in particular.
Also most Arthur Ransome (The Swallows and Amazons stories)
And My Side of the Mountain by Jean George, from the 60's but still a great classic children's story.

Posted on 23 Dec 2009 23:37:19 GMT
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Posted on 24 Dec 2009 23:26:59 GMT
C. N. Posner says:
Here is a book published in 1996 which has been long out of print and vittually unobtainable, but has recently been reprinted:-

The Green Bronze Mirror by Lynne Ellison

Karen is playing on the beach when she finds an ancient mirror buried in the sand. She looks into it, and is transported back in time to the Roman empire. Finding herself a slave, she faces many hair-raising adventures in her struggle to return to her own time, meeting 1st-century Christians and hiding in the catacombs.

Posted on 26 Dec 2009 07:36:51 GMT
Maureen says:
I remember buying my little brother a Mary Mouse book - i think it was from Woolworth.s but am not sure . Possibly it had a section in it which mentioned that "Roundy "only knew the kitchen table not the tables they had to do at school The pictures were on every page i think .I would like to know if my memory is correct or not .The book was rectangular with the hinged part on the short length I loved the pictures Have not read anything for years but have recently read a book about a cat called Tips and i liked the pictures in that .Possibly pictures are important in reading for young and older persons

Posted on 26 Dec 2009 22:07:39 GMT
The Katy Did books were favourites of mine, also the Little House on the Prairie series.

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 18:40:38 GMT
John Jackson says:
The Famous Five was, is and will always be a "Classic" series. The interacting of the characters and old fashioned values they have is sadly lacking in today's, blow it up, kill in as many ways as you can, money is God society.
I would love to see a law whereby no electronic game could be sold to anyone with children without a current school report stating the child's reading age to ensure the child can read according to their age group.

Posted on 7 Jan 2010 12:15:24 GMT
J D says:
I used to love the Enid Blyton school stories and mystery and adventures series. i also loved Arthur Ransome, ( swallows and amazon series) Malcolm Saville, the Susan books by Jane Shaw,The Children of Green Knowe, John Masefield's Midnight Folk and Box of Delights, Pat Smythe 3 Jays ...I could keep writing, I was such a bookworm as a child and still would be if I had more time.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2010 13:47:25 GMT
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Evan S. Cent says:
Not sure if this is the sort of thing you mean, but one of my favourites was the Moomintroll books (by Tove Jannson): delightful stories about the adventures of a family of Moomins - strange, shy little creatures with big hearts and a sense of fun. The TV animations were very well done too, I thought.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2010 22:58:53 GMT
My favorites when I was growing up were Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster of Hed, Heir to Sea and Fire and Harpist in the Wind. I also Love her The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. Also Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series is fantastic. Read them all many, many times!

Posted on 8 Jan 2010 23:42:54 GMT
C. Morgan says:
As a child I loved the Willard Price books and the animal stories by Ernest Thompson Seton.
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