Nominate your favourite book here!


28th September 2021

THIS week we’re celebrating books and the joy of reading with the return of Bath Children’s Literature Festival and the online Reading is Magic Festival. We want to hear about your favourite books, please share them in the box below for a future First News feature!

Jacqueline Wilson, author of The Primrose Railway Children:

“A favourite book of mine as a child was Black Beauty, which is about horses in Victorian England and some of the awful things that happen to horses, but it’s also got some lovely bits too, and very few people read it now, but it is a lovely story.”

Konnie Huq, author of Cookie

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf is a really lovely, moving book about a refugee boy that comes to the UK. Fab for understanding the plights and lives of others.”

Cressida Cowell, author of The Wizards of Once

“I liked naughty children! I loved children who didn’t follow the rules, like in The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton. I loved Matilda too! She doesn’t follow the rules in a different kind of way and of course, she has magic!”

Gareth P Jones, author of Fairy Tales for the Fearless: Cindergorilla

“One of the books that has stayed with me and informed my writing as a children’s author is Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth. It’s full of wordplay and humour and I have thought about it a lot over the years. My mum read it to me and since becoming a parent, I have now read it to my children.”


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fixurpolls · 11 months ago

I recommend Harry potter

codonnell · 11 months ago

Definitely Gangsta Granny, one of the best books I've ever read and one that I would happily read again

meridabear · 11 months ago

#firsttocomment I love Harry Potter, but I voted The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe because it is an excellent book and I can't understand why hardly anyone voted for it because it is brilliant!

meepemeeps · 11 months ago

I think Gangsta Granny! It a funny, different and unique. I feel that different age groups can enjoy it and have different understandings of it, whilst still enjoying it!

charlieee7 · 11 months ago

The Borrowers is a great book! I really recommend it!

puddingfan · 11 months ago

How to train your dragon is really funny and is packed full of adventure, love and obviously dragons!

hogwarts90 · 11 months ago

I am actually obsessed with Harry Potter, and I also recommend the other books to read too! I give good luck to anyone whose entering the Harry Potter competition and happy birthday to the Harry Potter series too!🧙‍♂️⚡️🥳🥰

ginny09876 · 11 months ago

I LOVE Harry Potter and How to Train Your Dragon. There AMAZING!!!!!!! I would really recommend both. Harry Potter is about magic and mystery but they do get a bit dark towards the end of the series. How to Train Your Dramg is awesome too. It’s about dragons, adventure and friendship. Both are awesome. Would really recommend. · 11 months ago

I nominated a series of 17 books called The Roman Mysteries because they are so incredible and I never want to put them down!!

ojpolls · 11 months ago

#harry potter I really recommend Harry Potter and the deathly hallows really fun to read

loggy · 11 months ago

Harry Potter best book

monkey61 · 11 months ago

I have a lot of favourite books so I chose Isadora Moon. I highly recommend them!

abhi01 · 11 months ago

I am obsessed with Holes.

adinews · 11 months ago

The Kane chronicles

joltknight · 11 months ago


ea-134328 · 10 months ago

I have met Onjali Rauf the author of The boy at the back of the class

ea-134328 · 10 months ago

I would reccomend Famous Five by Enid Blyton

doggy11 · 10 months ago

I recommend Fing

backbender · 10 months ago

Definitely, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for sure!

keyas123 · 10 months ago

Definitely Songbirds. I have read it 3 times.

mothstar · 10 months ago

I think everyone should read Ingo Chronicles

mothstar · 10 months ago

I love Linda Chapman's books!!!!!!!!!

darthlolly · 10 months ago

The Lord of the Rings - All three books/movies are jaw-dropping. My personal favourite by far!

darthlolly · 10 months ago

But I like Harry Potter as well, though not as much as LOTR

anonymous8 · 10 months ago

I really like Shackleton's Journey.

bowserjr · 10 months ago

harry potter

pollardian · 9 months ago

I recommend 'The Boy at the Top of the Mountain'

It's a tear-jerking book about a boy who's parents passed away and was sent to his aunt who lives in Austria. Pierrot finds himself wound up in a house with Adolf Hitler and slowly gets brainwashed into hating his aunt.

However miserable this book may be, I love it. The fabulous vocabulary, the storyline and the emotional ending makes this book the absolute best. I really recommend it.

spiderguy · 9 months ago

Literally ANYTHING by Rick Riordan - he’s AMAZING

dscool · 8 months ago


max.d · 7 months ago

I recommended The Boy At The Back Of The Class

wildkoala · 4 months ago

I put Harry Potter as its just so magical and I would love for Hogwarts to be real