Natalie McDonald, who appears on page 159 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire, was a real person. She was a nine-year-old girl from Toronto, Canada, who was dying of leukemia. She wrote to JK Rowling asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book as she would not live long enough to read it. JK Rowling emailed back, but Natalie had died a day earlier. In tribute, she became a first-year student at Hogwarts named by the Sorting Hat in Gryffindor - the house for the brave at…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Natalie McDonald, who appears on page 159 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire, was a real person. She was a nine-year-old girl from Toronto, Canada, who was dying of leukemia. She wrote to JK Rowling asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book as she would not live long enough to read it. JK Rowling emailed back, but Natalie had died a day earlier. In tribute, she became a first-year student at Hogwarts named by the Sorting Hat in Gryffindor - the house for the brave at…

Enid Blyton is another author who dominated my child hood. I used to long to get into the wishing chair and wish my way anywhere around the world

Enid Blyton is another author who dominated my child hood. I used to long to get into the wishing chair and wish my way anywhere around the world

The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton - Short stories for children - Classics books to read - Kids.jpg

A luscious childhood: Beautiful books for children

The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton - Short stories for children - Classics books to read - Kids.jpg

Crazy, but we got this book for a future daughter before we were even married. I want the nursery to remind me of this cover.

Crazy, but we got this book for a future daughter before we were even married. I want the nursery to remind me of this cover.

Enid Blyton - the Famous Five. Old-school? Yes. Twee? Yes. Fantastical? Yes. It still doesn't make us love Enid Blyton's series any less. All the best things about Old Britain, condensed into a narrative.

Enid Blyton - the Famous Five. Old-school? Yes. Twee? Yes. Fantastical? Yes. It still doesn't make us love Enid Blyton's series any less. All the best things about Old Britain, condensed into a narrative.

I remember reading this in elementary school :)

I remember reading this in elementary school :)

The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies-my favourite book when i was small!

The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies

The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies-my favourite book when i was small!

The BFG - While she quietly sleeps Sophie has no idea of the 'other world' waiting for her and the fact that she's about to set forth on an adventure and save the day with the help of her new rather large best friend. A classic and must read book for children (age 7 to 12)

The BFG - While she quietly sleeps Sophie has no idea of the 'other world' waiting for her and the fact that she's about to set forth on an adventure and save the day with the help of her new rather large best friend. A classic and must read book for children (age 7 to 12)

First Term at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton - I loved the Malory Towers books, essential childhood reading

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl ... well actually all of the books by Roald Dahl

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl ... well actually all of the books by Roald Dahl


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Parents magazines picks the all-time best books for tweens-- perfect for summer reading.

The All-Time Best Books for Tweens

Parents magazines picks the all-time best books for tweens-- perfect for summer reading.

I remember reading this in elementary school :)

I remember reading this in elementary school :)

I remember this book from when I was a kid... I need to get it for Gabe... I bet he would love it

The Bfg (Paperback)

I remember this book from when I was a kid... I need to get it for Gabe... I bet he would love it

Tom Gates series by L.Pichon (My 7 year old loves them!) Diary like, not long story, child writing, doodles.

Tom Gates series by L.Pichon (My 7 year old loves them!) Diary like, not long story, child writing, doodles.

A Million Ways Home

A Million Ways Home

Extra Special Treats ( . . . not) (Tom Gates) by Liz Pichon

Extra Special Treats ( . . . not) (Tom Gates) by Liz Pichon

Weirdo by Ahn Do - Winner of the 2014 Australian Book Design Awards - Best Designed Children's Fiction Book & Designers' Choice Young Adult/Children's Cover of the Year. #bookaward #kidsbook #bookdesign

Weirdo by Ahn Do - Winner of the 2014 Australian Book Design Awards - Best Designed Children's Fiction Book & Designers' Choice Young Adult/Children's Cover of the Year. #bookaward #kidsbook #bookdesign

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/85/The_Magic_Faraway_Tree_1st_edition.jpg

The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies

The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies

The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies Delightful!

The "Faraway Tree" stories - Enid Blyton. I read them as a kid and remember liking them, despite my mothers distaste for them. I don't remember much about them now, though.

The "Faraway Tree" stories - Enid Blyton. I read them as a kid and remember liking them, despite my mothers distaste for them. I don't remember much about them now, though.

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