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What is your favourite children’s book?

Introducing our Shire of Dardanup Library Services staff by revealing their favourite childhood books.

We all love books and agree that children’s books are a vital part of early learning. From the very earliest age when neurons are making connections in a baby’s brain, picture books, early readers and first chapter books take kids on a fabulous journey to faraway places and wildly imaginative worlds.

We asked our staff: What was your favourite read at age 8 – 10 and why has that story stayed with you?

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Helen’s favourite book was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.  Little 8 – 10 year-old Helen enjoyed this book because it took her away to a world where the characters  got into lots of mischief and even got themselves out of trouble.  Helen liked the idea of a magic tree, and the mischievous characters have remained with her since.





Kelly’s favourite book was Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery.  Kelly read this popular children’s classic novel with her Nanna creating very special, warm and happy memories of reading.  Sharing a story is a wonderful bonding experience at any age.






Dean’s favourite book was Return of the Jedi Comic Book by Archie Goodwin.  As a big fan of the Star Wars series, this book allowed Dean to revisit the story time and time again.  As you could only see the movie at the cinema the best way to relive the story was to read his comic from cover to cover….and all over again.  Dean was up until late in the night re-reading and reliving the experience of the movie.






Michaela’s favourite book was Mr Meddles Muddles by Enid Blyton.  Michaela loved that Mr Meddles was always making a mistake making it a very funny read.  Enid Blyton has been credited with 10,900 short stories, poems and plays (







Suzanne’s favourite book as an 8 – 10 year-old was Jules Verne classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  Suzanne loved this book because it fired her imagination as to the possibility of other worlds and what they may look like.  It is a non-stop adventure story that keeps you reading to the very end.






Sam’s favourite book was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, a firm favourite for many muggles.  Ten-year-old Sam hoped she too would get a letter from Hogwarts but instead Sam escaped into the novel of magic and excitement far from her regular muggle world.  Sam said ‘considering the three main characters were around her age it made their exploits relatable’ – apart from the magic that is.