This is a fun topic! Even now I enjoy reading children’s books, but I’m ashamed to say I rarely get around to it. So it was quite fun to revisit some old favourites, and I really think I’ll be picking up one or two sometime soon..!
As a child, most of the stories that were read to me or that I read were by Dutch authors. I’ll try to name their English translations if they exist, just so you can enjoy this list with me 😀 Unfortunately the last four books only exist in Dutch (with the exception of De Griezelbus, which has also been translated to German and Spanish). So I’ll just give you the titles and a pretty cover to look at 😉
Ten Books From My Childhood (or Teenage Years) That I Would Love To Revisit
- The Giant Peach & Matilda by Roald Dahl
I own a bunch of Dutch translations of Roald Dahl and for some reason I absolutely adored them when I was a child. I just kept reading and reading them. These two were my favourites!
- The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof & Pluk van de Petteflet by Annie M.G. Schmidt
Like every average Dutch child I grew up with Annie M.G. Schmidt’s books. They are all wonderful! And, this is good for you, my dear readers: the first one here has recently been published in English! (The original title is Minoes).
- Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman
Beckman was a very popular Dutch children’s author, and this book is pretty much a Dutch children’s classic. Only last year I found a used version for an affordable price (it’s so popular even used editions are expensive!) and I really should reread it sometime soon. It’s wonderful and best of all, it’s been translated to English 😉 And there’s even an English language movie!
- The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt writes fantasy and sci-fi-ish novels for children and teens. I read this one as a kid and I remember I loved it… except I can’t remember anything about the actual book haha. I got a fresh new copy for Christmas last year (thanks, mom!) and, again, good for you: it’s been translated to English.
- De Griezelbus by Paul van Loon
- Kruimeltje by Chris van Abkoude
- Pinkeltje by Dick Laan
- Het geheim van de afgebeten vingers by Rindert Kromhout