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Our most memorable children’s books

We asked the GLAMOUR Team which books stood out in their memories of childhood reading, and why. Here’s what they had to say!


Pnina Fenster

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland— Wildly imaginative, hilarious, hallucinogenic and fun, fun, fun!

This month, Pnina read and reviewed Roof Toppers by Katherine Rundell.

Deputy Editor and Beauty Editor

Michelle Brownlee Smith

The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. And why? Because I loved the escapism of it. And it started a love affair with Enid Blyton books.

Managing Editor

Sarah Browning

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ignited my imagination and made me dream of discovering my own secret place in the great outdoors.

Fashion Director

Bronwyn Day

It has to be 101 Dalmations. All those adorable little puppies!

Fashion Assistant (CT)

Mandy Nash

Jemima Puddle-Duck was my favourite childhood book because of the beautiful water colour illustrations of Jemima in her pink and blue attire.

Assistant Editor (Beauty)

Gina Beretta

I had a few, but Run Spot, Run was definitely a top contender for “favourite”.  I think the 4-year-old me really loved the pop-up element of the book. And Spot of course. I desperately wanted a dog named Spot.

Art Director

Stefania Origgi

The Horrible Histories series. Because who wouldn’t love reading about the Rotten Romans, Groovy Greeks and Awesome Egyptians? Their illustrations entertained me for hours – the fact that it was based on REAL history was all the more fascinating.

Copy Editor

Karen Tennent

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss. When I was about 5, I would make my grandpa listen to me read  The Cat in the Hat  to him whenever he came over – he probably knows the words off by heart!

Junior Copy Editor

Lauren Voges

A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. How can you not love the stories based on A.A Milne’s own son and his soft toys? A set of more loveable characters has yet to be created.

Junior Designer

Gino Martini

The  Asterix and Obelisk  series was my favourite. The outfits were enough to make me want to read more and the short guy, Asterix, was as strong and cool as me.

Junior Features Writer

Nandi Ndlovu

I read a lot of Roald Dahl books, but The BFG was my favourite. I particularly enjoyed the friendship between the protagonist Sophie and the BFG, the world’s only friendly giant who collects good dreams and distributes them to children. And the adventure they embark on in preventing all the other evil giants from eating any more humans.

Features intern

Matty Maivha

As a child rhyming books were always a treat. Plus what a fun way you get a child to believe in taking risks, it might be better than it sounds.”

Promotions Executive

Emma Coyne

I loved the magical world of the Harry Potter series.  I also wanted to go to Hogwarts and have an owl!

Syndication Manager and Editorial Assistant

Micarla Lucas

Knickerless Nicola – I was four years old when Mum first read this book to me, it was my bedtime story for years and our “special” time, I wouldn’t even allow my little brother to listen in.

Director of Digital

Gillian Forbes

The Noddy books by Enid Blyton were my favourite – although I remember that one part, about Noddy going to the beach with Big Ears and getting his toe bitten by a crab, freaked me out completely.

Online Editor

Cayleigh Bright

I loved any story that featured an animal, but one book that I requested as a bedtime story over and over again was  The Wind in the Willows – it seemed like such a fun, cosy world that the characters lived in!

Online Advertising Sales Executive

Claudia Stephenson

Adventure stories were my favourite – whether it was a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book or Enid Blyton’s  Famous Five.

Online Editorial Assistant

Buntu Ngcuka

I can’t remember one specific book that was my favourite – but I remember having a box set of 10 Disney books when I was in preschool. That’s where my wild imagination and love for books all started.

Online Assistant

Viné Lucas

I loved the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen books – both the So Little Time series and the Sweet 16 series!


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