Auckland Libraries: Reread a childhood favourite

Reread a childhood favourite

Many of us have fond memories of particular books from when we were kids. Our librarian Claire at Grey Lynn Library is trying to decide which of these she’d reread first for the Great Summer Read.

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The Margaret Mahy treasury

Margaret Mahy

How to choose from this Kiwi writer’s fabulous store? Don’t. Devour this entire volume, with eleven stories of pirates, librarians, witches, lions, meadows and more.

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When Hitler stole pink rabbit

Judith Kerr

Best known perhaps for her picture books (such as the Mog series), Judith Kerr has also written this page-turning children’s novel based on her childhood experience of fleeing Nazi Germany.

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Boy overboard

Morris Gleitzman

This novel about an Afghan family seeking refuge in Australia was published in 2002. Would their experience be different now?

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Charlotte's web

E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

The farmyard tale of friendship between a spider and a pig has prompted countless children to say 'no' to meat.

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Love that dog

Sharon Creech

Jack reckons boys don’t write poetry. Miss Stretchberry (his teacher) suggests otherwise. Short and sweet — but what a powerful punch this story has!

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The box of delights ;

John Masefield

Itself a box of delights, this Christmassy story of good and evil came out in 1937. It features such anachronisms (now) as a Punch-and-Judy man, carol singers and a boy called Kay.

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Sarah, plain and tall.

Patricia MacLachlan

A prairie family’s life-changing loss and gain. Biblionado Kate de Goldi drew our attention to this plain and small book. Its story is anything but.

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Under the mountain

Maurice Gee

Still scary, after all these years: twins Rachel and Theo, helped by the strange Mr Jones, fight the Wilberforces, evil aliens who lurk beneath Auckland’s volcanoes.

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Comet in Moominland

Tove Jansson

Not the first book featuring the gentle, sea-loving folk who look a little like hippopotami, but the one that many people start with. Jansson, a celebrated Finnish writer, here introduces major characters Snufkin and the Snork Maiden.

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Bottersnikes and gumbles

Sydney Alexander Wakefield

Some of us grew up with the Wombles of Wimbledon Common. In the Australian bush lives another set of tidy-upperers, the Gumbles, whose neighbours the Bottersnikes like making a mess. A 1960s gem, now a Netflix series.

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