Bookstart 20 – Books I’d share with 20 fictional children

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As you may know, I’ve taken the Bookstart 20 pledge to share at least 20 books this year. Now, sharing books and book ideas is what Playing by the book is all about, so what could I do to make my Bookstart 20 pledge a little bit more of a challenge?

I thought I’d start by choosing 20 books I’d share with some of the fictional children I’ve loved reading about.

Here’s where I would start…

I don’t imagine Horrid Henry would sit still to listen to a book being read, but perhaps I’d put on an audiobook of the Nicholas stories by Goscinny so he could listen whilst he plotted his next naughty deed.

I’d love to have all the Pevensie children from the books set in Narnia join me round a blazing fire whilst I read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

The Pevensie children

I think Sophie from The Tiger who Came to Tea would enjoy The Tiger Skin Rug by Gerald Rose.

Sophie and her tiger

I can imagine Halibut Jackson loves books and has lots of favourites already, but one that I think would make him giggle, and feel less alone is The Invisible Boy by Sally Gardner.

Halibut Jackson

If I had a chance to slip a book into Juliet Capulet‘s hands before the end of the play, I’d give her Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren.

If I could meet Laura Wilder (I know she isn’t really a fictional child, but nor are the books entirely factual) I would offer her Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House.

To Ralph and Piggy in Lord of the Flies I’d give Charlie Higson’s The Enemy.

I think Katie Morag would adore the How to train your Dragon novels by Cressida Cowell.

Katie Morag and the Isle of Berk

To Hiccup in the Cressida Cowell How to train your Dragon novels I’d give The Three Musketeers by Dumas.

I’d love to see Toby Lolness‘s eyes open so wide as he read Charlotte Voake’s A Little Guide to Trees.

Toby Lolness and a page from A Little Guide to Trees

I have a sneaking suspicion that Ottoline would probably enjoy the Amelia Bedelia books.

I hope Coriander might enjoy The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

I’d love to see Quenelda’s eyes flash as she reads Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris. Quenelda is the heroine of the Dragonsdome books by Lucinda Hare and come highly recommended if you’re looking for an adrenaline packed fantasy chapter book with a strong female lead.

I’m sure Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen would make Tomas, in I believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo, smile.

A library lion and a library unicorn

I can’t decide whether I’d give Immi Flotsam by David Wiesner or The Red Book by Barbara Lehman.

I’d love to give Miranda the Explorer a copy of The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell and Graham Percy.

For Ella Bella I’d select Ballet for Martha written by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca.

I think Robert Jacklin from Jason Wallace’s Out of Shadows would recognise something in The Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Max Grafe and translated by Sarah Ardizzone.

Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates would love a joke book. I’d start with the classic Ha Ha Bonk Book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and then move on from there.

And finally, to dear Daisy (who does not like peas), I’d give I Do Not Eat the Colour Green by Lynne Rickards and Margaret Chamberlain.

What books would you share with which fictional children? Do share!

And what books are you going to share with the real kids in your life? Don’t forget – if you haven’t already done so, you can take the Bookstart 20 pledge to share 20 books over the coming year.

25 Responses

  1. Zoe

    I like it Damyanti! Actually, the challenge of keeping it to just children was bigger than I had anticipated when I came up with the idea for this post. I kept thinking of animals and grown ups which appear in children’s books – realised that in picture books especially, children are not SO common.
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  2. Lynne Rickards

    Wow – what a wonderful surprise to find my own book at the end of your wonderful list! I would be delighted if Daisy who does not eat peas got a copy of I Do Not Eat the Colour Green. Thanks for a brilliant piece full of books I now want to investigate…

  3. Lynne Rickards

    I was really taken with the cover illustration of Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and have since learned all about the artist Trina Schart Hyman (via your Wikipedia link). So many fantastic books to explore! Thanks again.

  4. sandhya

    Wow, Zoe! You have certainly outdone yourself with this post. I’m bookmarking this, and sharing it on my blog and FB page. A real treat for book-lovers.

    I would give Anne Frank (not a fictional character, of course,) a copy of Michael Morpurgo’s “The Best Christmas Present in the World.” So that she sees that what she supposed was true- that people are really the same, with similar wishes, hopes and dreams- except for that little fact of being on opposite sides of a political divide.
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  5. sandhya

    Yes, it is, Zoe. It is available in book form. I think it is based on a real incident in the trenches in WW1. There is also a wonderful movie based on it.
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  6. sandhya

    There is a non-fiction book on WW1 by Paul Dowswell (Usborne books) “The First World War”, written in a very lucid way for 8-12 yr olds, that has a whole chapter on this incident. It happened on Christmas eve, 1914, just around the beginning of the war. German and British soldiers, on opposite sides, first began singing carols, and soon they joined together in the no man’s land in between to exchange provisions to celebrate. Over the next few days, there were even ball games played between the two sides.

    Strict orders were issued the following Christmas to both sides forbidding a repeat of the previous Christmas’s goodwill. Of course this was anyway lost in the following years after carnage on both sides.
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  7. choxbox

    What a lovely post Zoe! Loved your choices for the fictional children I know, and will explore the ones I do not yet – thanks!

    And when I first saw Miranda the Explorer I thought of the Fantastic Flying Journey too! We have a different cover from the one you have, and it features Great-uncle Lancelot and the children in the balloon – even my kids immediatly noticed the similarity πŸ™‚

  8. Yvonne Keen

    As with all the other comments, you have come up with yet another inspiring piece. I salute you. A superb collection of books, all wonderfully connected. Yvonne

  9. choxbox

    Oh no I have not, and now I did read one wonderful book thanks to you – Toby Alone πŸ™‚

    p.s.: Did you get my mail?

  10. Zoe

    Choxbox – yes, sorry. Have just replied. Glad you enjoyed Toby Alone – I’ve almost finished reading it to M as her bedtime story.

    Sandhya – hooray! Let me know what you think of the book.

  11. Helen D

    I wonder if My Naughty Little Sister and Lola from Charlie and Lola would enjoy each other’s adventures…

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