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Books from our childhoods: A nostalgia trip

Picking up a book that you used to love as a child is a great way to transport you back to those days when you could spend all afternoon reading uninterrupted.

Tidy Books is exhibiting at the Kind und Jugend Fair this month, and our stand is inspired by Jules Verne's classic novel; 'Around the World in 80 Days'. Which got me thinking about the books that I used to love as a child, whether classic or not.  Here a selection I was able to dig out of the family attic with their original 'vintage' covers.  They are not first publications, but still pretty old!

"Which Witch" by Eva Ibbotson, "Stig of the Dump" by Clive King and "The Diddakoi" by Rumer Godden.

The fact that I've hung on to them means they were favourites, and probably re-read many times.  There were others too, such as "Charlotte's Web" EB White and very much still a favourite with kids, and "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh, still in publication and now called a modern classic.  I wondered how well they'd date when I gave them to my 7 year old.  He turned up his nose at the cover of The Diddakoi and declined to open it, but loved 'Stig' and 'Which Witch.'

What books make you nostalgic for your childhood?  Have you kept favourites?   Are you planning to give them to your own kids?

And if you do happen to be on your way to Kind und Jugend there are nostalgic children's books on the Tidy Books stand for visitors to browse through, and a comfy seat too!

Kind und Jugend is from 15th -18th September, Cologne.  Tidy Books stand Hall 11.1 Stand C49

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