Today (2 March 2023) is World Book Day and, here at YES Headquarters, we’re asking why kids get to have all the fun? That’s why we reached out across East Sussex County Council and asked staff what their favourite book was as a kid. After much reminiscing, here’s what they had to say!
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery
Amy said: “I read them again every now and again – amusing, sometimes emotional, simple stories with topical themes of love and friendship that are relative even today.”
Fancy checking out Anne of Green Gables?
Charlotte’s Web by Elwyn Brooks
Paula said: “Such was the impact of Charlotte’s Web, I named my daughter Charlotte as it had always been my most fave name. My daughter doesn’t know she was named after a spider!”
Alfie gets in first by Shirley Hughes
Laura said: “Anything by Shirley Hughes – her illustrations are so cosy and evocative, and the stories really tap into the everyday ‘small things’ which you focus on as a child. Reading her books now to my own children is a joy and the closest thing I can liken it to is ‘a hug from a book’.”
Revolting rhymes by Roald Dahl
Marrah said: “[They are] classic fairy tales with a morbid twist! Would recommend it to any adults who haven’t yet read it.”
A Book of Milliganimals by Spike Milligan
Annabelle: “Brilliant illustrations, silly poems, and the fabulous story of ‘The Bald Twit Lion’ all in one book.”
Unfortunately ESCC Libraries don’t currently have a copy of ‘A Book of Milliganimals’ but there are other Spike Milligan books you can reserve here.
Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
James: “Roald Dahl’s Danny Champion of the World was one of my childhood favourites – purely because some of the things he got up to with his dad were so written in such a way to set the imagination on fire!”
If all this book talk has made you want to read, head over to the library service catalogue. There you can reserve physical copies, listen to audiobooks and read ebooks online.
Interested in more book content? Every month we publish Get in Our Good Books where library staff share their top books!