7 October 2015

A Children's Literature Wishlist


I'd really like to read more children's literature. I'm currently making my way through the Mary Poppins collection, but there are a lot of other classic children stories that, for one reason or another, passed me by when I was younger. Plus, there are some absolutely beautiful editions around! Here are some of the titles I'd like to add to my collection not just for me, but for my children to enjoy in the future (with supervision!)

1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
This book was also featured in my Banned Books Week post. While putting that post together I came across this beautiful Penguin Threads edition.

2. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
I was introduced to Andersen's fairy tales earlier this year when I read The Tinder Box, one of Penguin's Little Black Classics collection, which I really enjoyed. I'm familiar with the story of The Snow Queen as I had an audio tape of it when I was younger (yes, a tape!) but I've never owned a copy of the book.

3. The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection by A.A. Milne
I love the Winnie the Pooh stories and there are so many beautiful treasury editions to choose from. The classic illustrations by E.H. Shepard are among my favourites.

4. Grimm's Fairytales by The Brothers Grimm
I haven't really read any of the original versions of Grimm's fairytales, even though they are the inspiration behind more than a few Disney films. I understand that some of them are not for the faint hearted!

5. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling [Bloomsbury Illustrated Edition]
Obviously my collection of Harry Potter books already takes pride of place on my bookshelf, but the new illustrated edition of The Philosopher's Stone, illustrated by Jim Kay, just looks beautiful and I would love to own a copy. I'm asking Santa very nicely!

6. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Like Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite films, but I've never read the original story.

7. Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
A book I read countless times during primary school but sadly have never had my own copy of!

8. A Children's Treasury of Milligan by Spike Milligan
This is something I would absolutely love to share with my children in the future! We had a copy at home when I was younger and it's wonderfully silly, full of nonsense mostly but I remember it making me giggle! Sir Nobonk and the Terrible Dreadful Awful Naughty Nasty Dragon is particularly memorable. It's also just a lovely hardback book with glossy pages and colour illustrations.

I think I will have to start collecting children's treasury editions!

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