I've decide to make our reading group on Friday a 'Make Talk, Give' event
You basically get some friends together to talk about a book and ask everyone for a small donation for Book Aid International. I've asked my reading group to donate £2 each. Each £2 will pay for a book to be sent abroad to schools, orphanages, refugee camps, prisons, universities, communities etc. The website also has lots of suggestions of ways that preschool and school age children can get involved in National Book Day. Click on the links to have a look. There is also a blog.
It also got me thinking about my favourite books from childhood. I have blogged before about my love of Enid Blyton. I'm sure that I am still emotionally damaged by the fact I wasn't sent to boarding school a la Mallory Towers and St Claires as a child!! My other love though was pony books. I was obsessed by ponies and horses generally and was lucky enough (after many years of begging and pleading!) to have my own pony. I devoured these books and read hundreds of them. The one I remember the most though is
I can still vividly remember reading this book as a teenager. Its about a young girl who wants to learn to ride but can't afford her own horse. She befriends an elderly man who lets her ride his horse and they become very successful at showjumping. When the old man dies, he leaves her the horse in his will but (and this really upset me when I was younger) she has to sell the horse as she can't afford to keep it. No sugary ending where everyone lives happily ever after unlike all the other pony books. It was a real shock to me that this could happen, a realisation that the world is not always fair and that not everyone gets what they want in life.
I asked Jon which book he remembered from childhood and he choose the book below. I've never heard of it. Its was obviously a boy thing.............
He is OBSESSED with this book and Izzy's choice was
This book has beautiful illustrations inside and was a bargain from a local charity shop.
What were your favourite books as children?