Top Ten Books I Read as a Kid
I am presently working on revisions and drafts for a current junior series under contract, the first draft of a new junior series, and also the first draft of a middle grade novel.
The thing is, first drafts are HAAAAAAAAAAARD!!!!!! I love re-writing once I have something to work with but that first part, looking at a blank page and having to fill it with something … that bit is the worst!
And so, in order to procrastinate and not have to face these annoying first drafts, here I am going to share my favourite children’s books I read when I was a kid. Enjoy.
- Taronga by Victor Kelleher. Let’s be honest, I read every book Victor Kelleher ever wrote and I was obsessed.
- Space Demons by Gillian Rubenstein. I also read pretty much everything she wrote. I think I have an obsessive personality.
- Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park. When I first visited Sydney, I was very excited to see The Rocks. I thought they were going to be actual rocks, like Uluru, only lots of them. I was very disappointed. The second time I visited Sydney, I’d read this book and visiting The Rocks was a lot more enjoyable as I pretended I was going back in time.
- The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall. My year 5 teacher recommended this book because it had been his favourite as a kid. I loved it and the sequel.
- People Will Hear You by Robin Klein. I also read so much Robin Klein and it’s difficult to pick just one, though I remember this one having a big impact on me.
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. I remember this book being very sad but also beautiful.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I so badly wanted to find my own secret place like the garden in this book. A magical wonderland … I guess there was this rubbish tip I went to that no one else went to due to the smell …
- Shatterbelt by Colin Thiele. Here’s a slightly interesting story for you: I had an amazing teacher who knew how much I loved books. Once, there were all these left over books from Book Club and she gave them to me. One of them was the sequel to this book and I spent a long time trying to locate this book before I could read that sequel. Luckily, it was worth it. (N.B we didn’t have the internet and I didn’t live anywhere near a bookshop, so locating the book was actually a huge quest, kind of like Bilbo Baggins’ quest in Lord of the Rings)
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I loved Super Fudge – I thought he was hilarious!
- Matilda by Roald Dahl. I was Roald Dahl obsessed through a lot of primary school. This was always my favourite because it was about someone who loved to read. I was pretty devastated the day he died
So there you have it …
And now, back to the writing, so that one day I might have a book on someone else’s Top Books I Read as a Kid list.