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Children's Literature

My love affair with children's literature began in my first year of Uni, when I discovered the wonderful children's section of RMIT's library. I was wondering where I wanted to focus my writing, and found that in my readings habits I was naturally inclined towards stories for young people.

I began to wonder: what makes a children's book a 'classic'? And how do I write one? Naturally, the only way to find out, was to read.

Over the next couple of years, and many Goodreads lists later, my love affair with children's fiction was fully fledged.

The below is a small sample of the children's books I love, that inspired me, and that I believe possess a special sort of magic - they made my head go 'wow' and my heart go 'boom'.

I support #LoveOzYA and #aussieKidLit and welcome all discussions and collaborations in these areas - just contact me here.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber

The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban

The King Under the Copper Mountain by Paul Biegel

Monster Blood Tattoo (series) by D.M. Cornish

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Ship Kings (series) by Andrew McGahan

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt


A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

How to Catch a Bogle (series) by Catherine Jinks

My Sister Sif by Ruth Park

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Little Grey Men by B.B.

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

Taronga by Victor Kelleher

Scarecrows by Robert Westall

Siberia by Ann Halam

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Scarecrow and his Servant by Philip Pullman