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'.
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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