We asked the GLAMOUR Team which books stood out in their memories of childhood reading, and why. Here’s what they had to say!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland— Wildly imaginative, hilarious, hallucinogenic and fun, fun, fun!
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.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ignited my imagination and made me dream of discovering my own secret place in the great outdoors.
It has to be 101 Dalmations. All those adorable little puppies!
Fashion Assistant (CT)
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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
Adventure stories were my favourite – whether it was a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book or Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.
Online Editorial Assistant
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.
I loved the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen books – both the So Little Time series and the Sweet 16 series!