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Top 5 Childhood Reads – World Book Day

It’s World Book Day today, and to celebrate I’ve collaborated with 17 UKYA book bloggers to discuss our favourite childhood reads.

World Book Day is a registered charity celebrating and encouraging young readers. I always looked forward to World Book day at my school and receiving the free book token. I always had trouble choosing that one perfect book to spend it on.

To help some younger readers with their Book token spending, myself and 17 other UKYA book bloggers have all decided to share our Top 5 Childhood Reads for World Book Day. So let’s start this blog-hop of worthy recommendations.

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Everyone should recognise A Series of Unfortunate Events by now, there’s a movie, there’s a TV show. But have you read the books? This series reads unlike anything else I’ve read before and that’s what truly captured my attention in primary school.

Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. In the first book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

Darren Shan series by Darren Shan

The Saga of Darren Shan was one of the first book series I got completely obsessed with. I had to have the next inthe series almost immediately. my mum got so annoyed with me spending all my birthday and christmas money on these books she put me on my first book buying ban and marched me to my local library.

Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque Du Freak. Now Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves and strange creatures the likes of which he’s never imagined, and his life will be changed forever!

Unseen by Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings books are collections of brilliant short stories for weird kids. I was introduced to Unseen by one of my primary school teachers, I’m sure he knew I was going to be a weird kid before I did.

A boy who is able to grow new fingers, but not always in the right places; the dead dog that isn’t quite what it seems; the last request of a grandfather; a man-eating ghost; a parrot that teaches unpleasant lessons and much more.

The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan

On the lookout for more magical books in between Harry Potter releases, I found The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. I am so glad I found them, I literally reread these every year. I love them so much, and there’s not nearly enough hype for them.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson

When I was younger my mum & nan took me to the library almost every week. One of the books I picked up was from Jacqueline Wilson’s Girls series, I loved it. I found them just on the cusp of entering my teens and they were the perfect introduction to the hard hitting truths of being a teen girl. My favourite from the series was Girls under Pressure which tackled issues of body dysmorphia and anorexia which really hit home with me at the time.

Magda is tall and glamorous, Nadine is willowy and ‘gothic’ and Ellie, well, Ellie is just plain normal. The three girls have been best friends ‘forever’ but now Ellie is convinced she’s fat. They all long to change their looks and they’re all under pressure!

Hop along to Lauren from Nothernplunder and Faye from Day Dreamers Thoughts blogs to discover their favourite childhood books to continue with the World Book Day Blog-hop.

What were your favorite reads from childhood? Or if your lucky enough to get a book token, what are you going to spend it on?

Thank you so much to Charlotte over at the Wonderfully Bookish blog for creating these brilliant graphics.

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