• Natasha Hart

Our Six Favourite Children's Books From The '90s

Everyone loves nostalgia. That video game you played as a child, that place you used to go to at the weekends with your friends, that chocolate bar that's no longer sold; nostalgia means different things to everyone but I think we can all agree: nostalgia is great.

And what better time to take a trip down memory lane and to be comforted by familiarity than in these uncertain times? And one of my favourite way to reaquaint with happy memories is to go through all the old books from my childhood.

There is nothing better than spending an hour reminiscing the books you read as a child, and sharing these memories with others. Who knows, you might have even shared a favourite kid’s book.

So, with that in mind, I thought why not share six children's books from the early '90s that’ll hopefully make you think back to your own favourites, and make you smile. Granted, these are kids’ books from the '90s, so let me know what you’re favourite kid’s books were and I could perhaps do another blog post on others?

Mog by Judith Kerr

Mog, or better known as Mog the Forgetful Cat, has to be one of my favourite books from the '90s. So much so I’m not ashamed to say I recently repurchased it (my bookshelf just didn’t feel complete without it). A series of books about a forgetful, but loveable, cat and the adventures that she gets up to, Mog is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

This is slightly more unique as a favourite children’s book series, as its not for really young children and it’s not what you would call a traditional children’s book. Rather, it’s a series of horror books where the kids must save the day against werewolves, vampires and talking puppets, and that's why they were loved by so many in the '90s. These books are scary, but they are also meant to be funny. I spent many a night curled-up under my duvet with one of these books in my hand, and for that reason they have become a firm favourite of anyone who grew-up in the '90s.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Another amazing masterpiece by Judith Kerr, The Tiger who Came to Tea has to be one of those books that’s universally recognised and loved by so many. It’s one of the best-loved children’s books of all time, with it’s amazing artwork and simple, but loveable, story. Maybe it’s time to repurchase this book, too.

I Spy Series by Charles Warrell

Okay, so these aren’t a traditional series of books, either. There isn’t really a plot to these, and no story. Just pages and pages of things that have to be found. I know, it sounds like a rudimentary ‘Where’s Wally’, but I kid you not these books were amazing. They were recently re-published in 2009 as well, so they were definitely well-loved. The premise is you have to find a selection of different items on each page, and they were all superbly hidden. You’d also get points for finding each of the items, which was a bonus. This gave me hours of entertainment as a kid in the early '90s.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This beautiful picture book has withstood the test-of-time and still remains a firm favourite of parents, teachers and children all over the world. The story is about a boy, Max, who creates havoc at home, and is sent to bed without any supper. When he enters his bedroom, he is transported to a fantastical world, a jungle, where the Wild Things live. Here, Max is hailed as the King of the Wild Things and enjoys his time with them. Soon though, he becomes lonely and heads home. When back in his room, he discovers his supper, and it’s still warm. Definitely one to read nowadays for that warm, fuzzy-feeling of nostalgia.

Old Bear and Friends by Jane Hissey

I’ve saved an old favourite for last. The tale of an old bear saved from the attic by his friends and all the adventures they get up to. I vividly remember the illustrations from these books, and how lovely the sketches were of old bear and his friends. This book is the epitome of nostalgia for anyone growing up in the '90s.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as I have. Let me know what your favourite children’s books were and I’ll do another blog post. Stay safe, everyone!

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