What book made you fall in love with reading as a child? Bestselling childrens' author Jonathan Stroud understands that sometimes all it takes is just one book to open up an incredible new world for children of all ages, and he's got a fantastic list of his favorite kids' books that changed the way he felt about reading forever - today on the NOOK Blog.


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Jonathan: A great book has magical powers. It doesn’t just divert or entertain you, it changes you forever. It does this by becoming part of you – ever afterwards, it’s part of your mind and make-up, causing you to respond to the world in a subtly different fashion.This is true throughout your life, but the books you read in childhood are the strongest and most powerful of all. Here’s a list of 20 books I’ve loved, at various times and in various ways. Some are classics from my early years, some more recent kids’ titles that have blown me away. There are scary books, funny ones and great adventures: a few manage to be all three at once. They’re all available as ebooks, and they’re all worth reading and rereading. Enjoy!


Treasure Island  by Robert Louis Stevenson

The greatest adventure story ever written, and the fountain-head from which all modern young adult fiction flows. Countless classic scenes, but try the one where Jim Hawkins and his mother sit in the dark listening to the tapping of the blind man’s stick on the road outside: Stevenson achieves almost Hitchcockian levels of suspense here.







The Great Ghost Rescue  

Humphrey the Horrible and his family of ghouls must seek a new home when their castle is modernized. Eva Ibbotson was a pioneer of the genre-bending children’s book. Her stories manage to be creepy and hugely funny all at the same time, and this one, where the ghosts are the heroes, is one of the very best.







Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror  by Chris Priestley

For readers still too young for MR James, this is the perfect introduction to the delights of the English ghost story. Deliciously succinct, inventive and macabre.










Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice Series #1) by Joseph Delaney

Young Thomas Ward gets a job fighting the powers of darkness. Horrid ghosts and fantastically scary witches await. A superb supernatural thriller.









Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman harnesses the dark power of fairy tale in this modern classic. Scariest bit? The ‘other mother’ with button eyes. Eek!









Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones












The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle











The Hobbit   J R R Tolkien










Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol










Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories    











The Voyage of the Dawn Treader  by C.S. Lewis











Collected Ghost Stories  M.R. James












The Wolves of Willougbhy Chase  Joan Aiken











A Wizard of Earthsea  Ursula Le Guin











Mort (Discworld Series)  Terry Pratchett












Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy Series #1)   Garth Nix












The Wind in the Willows  Kenneth Grahame











Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  by Roald Dahl











The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan











The Inimitable Jeeves  by P.G.Wodehouse











Tell Me: What's your favorite childrens' novel?

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by -Georgia on ‎10-17-2013 09:43 AM

I was only four, but I could put a recognizable version of my name on the application, so the library gave me a card.  My mom drove buses during WWII, so all the drivers knew me.  I would ride the bus to the library, check out the maximum I could carry, and ride home.  So, if the book was available from summer 1945 on, I likely read it.  The first one I remember clearly, though, was The Wizard of Oz.

by Samurai on ‎10-17-2013 09:57 AM

All of the Tom Swift books. Cheesy but great and opened up my mind to science. Today I am a nerd scientist!!

by Shrn_R on ‎10-19-2013 09:43 AM

I wore out two Golden Book copies of Pollyanna and learned to read from them by the time I started kindergarten. 

The Swiss Family Robinson was my favorite adventure novel before the library allowed me to start reading "adult" books.

And then I discovered science fiction...

by choirgal04 on ‎10-22-2013 12:40 AM

As a grown-up, I've enjoyed so much kid-lit that I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite.  Even as a child, there were many; but at the time, I supppose my most beloved treasure of a book was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.