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Do you still own a copy of your favourite childhood book? We want you to send us a photo of the book and, if possible, a photo of you at the age you discovered it. Some lucky entrants will have their photos featured in the September issue of gr, so high-res pics would be great! All entries will feature here; some lucky people may win prizes! Simply the photos, your name, state and a few lines about why this book was your childhood favourite to alesha@goodreadingmagazine.com.au by 22 July.
Follyfoot is a Home of Rest for Horses - old horses, sick horses, neglected or maltreated horses. These two original engaging stories are about the horses and the people who care for them. The author, Monica Dickens, who is the great-granddaughter of Charles, inspired me to love horses and take an interest in their welfare. As an adult I have become a long term active member of Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria and I own a horse. - Jane, Vic

Follyfoot is a Home of Rest for old horses, sick horses, neglected or maltreated horses. The author, Monica Dickens, was a great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.

I was in love with Pookie and had to have (some of) the stories read to me every night. I was four when I was given these books – I was already a bookworm and all the family knew I would be happy with any present that was a book. As soon as I was earning pocket money, each week half was set aside to buy books. It took several weeks to save enough for one but in spite of competing budgetary requirements, books always won. - Jill, Vic

Pookie the winged rabbit has a very special place in my heart. His stories were read to me as a child by my nana as she read them to my mum when she was a child. you Nana.

My favourite childhood book was 'A Traveller in Time' by Alison Uttley, which I discovered when I was 10. Penelope lived in the 20th century and was able to time travel to the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. I was fascinated by the possibility of time travel and spent many a long day wondering if it really could be done. This book is why some of my favourite books today are time travel books; 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger and Diana Gabaldon's ‘Outlander' series.  - Karen…

My favourite childhood book was 'A Traveller in Time' by Alison Uttley, which I discovered when I was 10. Penelope lived in the 20th century and was able to time travel to the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. I was fascinated by the possibility of time travel and spent many a long day wondering if it really could be done. This book is why some of my favourite books today are time travel books; 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger and Diana Gabaldon's ‘Outlander' series. - Karen…

For my ninth birthday, my Nanna  (now dead) gave me a copy of two 'Famous Five' novels by Enid Blyton. These books were my favourite childhood books. They were so exciting and humorously written. I so wanted to go to England and see houses with secret tunnels! I have saved them for my children to read. Two have so far, out of five. - Fiona, Vic

For my ninth birthday, my Nanna (now dead) gave me a copy of two 'Famous Five' novels by Enid Blyton. These books were my favourite childhood books. They were so exciting and humorously written. I so wanted to go to England and see houses with secret tunnels! I have saved them for my children to read. Two have so far, out of five. - Fiona, Vic

An English relative gave me 'The Castle of Adventure' for my 8th birthday and started me on a long love affair with Enid Blyton's books, Elsie J Oxenham's Abbey series and virtually anything set in England. I read it countless times! About 10 years ago, I spent an idyllic week in Dorset where Enid spent many of her holidays. We wandered along the sea cliffs where she would have walked and relived the adventures of the 'Secret Seven' and 'Famous Five'.  - Ros, Qld

An English relative gave me 'The Castle of Adventure' for my 8th birthday and started me on a long love affair with Enid Blyton's books, Elsie J Oxenham's Abbey series and virtually anything set in England. I read it countless times! About 10 years ago, I spent an idyllic week in Dorset where Enid spent many of her holidays. We wandered along the sea cliffs where she would have walked and relived the adventures of the 'Secret Seven' and 'Famous Five'. - Ros, Qld

I loved 'Anne of Green Gables' for so many reasons, not least because it was given to me by my first kindred spirit, my Great Uncle John. I loved that Anne was a chatterbox with an overactive imagination and loved to read and write. In that respect, not a lot has changed since I was 13 years old in 1978. I've given copies of this beautiful story to many of my friends, and read the whole series to my two daughters, who also share my love of Lucy Maud Montgomery's auburn-haired heroine…

Anne Shirley is still our spirit animal character after all of these years. She is a bit rough around the edges, a little too talkative, qui.

‘Poppet and Pete’ by Margaret M Pearson was given to me in 1943 when I was nearly two years old, in the middle of WWII. Children's books were scarce where I lived. It's an original story of an Australian bear called Poppet and an American bear named Pete, who are delivering mail to American soldiers in Australia.  The book is an enchanting story and explains many interesting facts about Australia as well. The text is handwritten and is wonderful for reading aloud. - Mary, Qld

‘Poppet and Pete’ by Margaret M Pearson was given to me in 1943 when I was nearly two years old, in the middle of WWII. Children's books were scarce where I lived. It's an original story of an Australian bear called Poppet and an American bear named Pete, who are delivering mail to American soldiers in Australia. The book is an enchanting story and explains many interesting facts about Australia as well. The text is handwritten and is wonderful for reading aloud. - Mary, Qld

As a country girl we had pigs on our farm and 'Charlotte's Web' was the first chapter book I read. I couldn't put it down, I kept relating the story back to our farm; it started my lifelong love of novels. ‘Storm Boy’ was my Nana's book. I read it and then saw the movie at school, much preferring the book.  I could escape into my own world and create the setting I wanted without having others interpretations in my head. It also fostered my love of excellent Australian stories!  - Karen, Vic

As a country girl we had pigs on our farm and 'Charlotte's Web' was the first chapter book I read. I couldn't put it down, I kept relating the story back to our farm; it started my lifelong love of novels. ‘Storm Boy’ was my Nana's book. I read it and then saw the movie at school, much preferring the book. I could escape into my own world and create the setting I wanted without having others interpretations in my head. It also fostered my love of excellent Australian stories! - Karen, Vic

My mother gave me ‘Peter Pan’ for Christmas in 1953 when I was six. The following Christmas I received the ‘Second Holiday Book’ by Enid Blyton. I was an avid reader, and had borrowed my first Beatrix Potter book from the library when I was younger. I look for vintage children's books at book fairs, and bought ‘Ameliaranne’ when I was in my late teens. ‘The Uncle Remus’ stories were also favourites of mine as a child, and I recently purchased this copy from a book fair in Canberra…

My mother gave me ‘Peter Pan’ for Christmas in 1953 when I was six. The following Christmas I received the ‘Second Holiday Book’ by Enid Blyton. I was an avid reader, and had borrowed my first Beatrix Potter book from the library when I was younger. I look for vintage children's books at book fairs, and bought ‘Ameliaranne’ when I was in my late teens. ‘The Uncle Remus’ stories were also favourites of mine as a child, and I recently purchased this copy from a book fair in Canberra…

My favourite book was 'The Fairy Realm' by Emily Rodda. I discovered it when I was five and my Mum read me the whole series. I loved all the stories and couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. Back then I made a fairy house hoping that one day I might discover my own fairy realm in my garden. My little sister is six and my Mum and I are reading the books to her. - Lauren, NSW

My favourite book was 'The Fairy Realm' by Emily Rodda. I discovered it when I was five and my Mum read me the whole series. I loved all the stories and couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. Back then I made a fairy house hoping that one day I might discover my own fairy realm in my garden. My little sister is six and my Mum and I are reading the books to her. - Lauren, NSW

I got these books when I was about five or six years old. 'The Fluff Puff Farm' came with a tape so you could read along and sing the songs throughout the story, which I loved to do and I can still remember the songs today. And 'Learn with Victoria Plum WOODLAND ANIMALS', which is my most favourite book, kept me busy reading and re-reading about hedgehogs, badgers and all sorts of Woodland creatures and I also loved the illustrations. - Emma, NSW

I got these books when I was about five or six years old. 'The Fluff Puff Farm' came with a tape so you could read along and sing the songs throughout the story, which I loved to do and I can still remember the songs today. And 'Learn with Victoria Plum WOODLAND ANIMALS', which is my most favourite book, kept me busy reading and re-reading about hedgehogs, badgers and all sorts of Woodland creatures and I also loved the illustrations. - Emma, NSW

This is me with my pony Magpie and ‘Six Ponies’ by Josephine Pullein-Thompson. I was horse-mad as a child. I identified with main character, Noel, initially an outsider who triumphs by being willing to learn and take advice. My copy is the 1971 Armada paperback and I almost loved it to bits (you can see the stickytape marks on the cover). I can still quote the opening lines: ‘Well done, June!’ said Mrs Cresswell, as her daughter cantered out of the ring with yet another rosette...’ - Lesley…

This is me with my pony Magpie and ‘Six Ponies’ by Josephine Pullein-Thompson. I was horse-mad as a child. I identified with main character, Noel, initially an outsider who triumphs by being willing to learn and take advice. My copy is the 1971 Armada paperback and I almost loved it to bits (you can see the stickytape marks on the cover). I can still quote the opening lines: ‘Well done, June!’ said Mrs Cresswell, as her daughter cantered out of the ring with yet another rosette...’ - Lesley…

My favourite childhood book was 'Anne of Green Gables'. I was obsessed with the mini series when it came out and the following year, for my birthday, my Dad bought me the novel. I still adore the story and find myself quoting from it regularly.   - Laura

My favourite childhood book was 'Anne of Green Gables'. I was obsessed with the mini series when it came out and the following year, for my birthday, my Dad bought me the novel. I still adore the story and find myself quoting from it regularly. - Laura

This was my first purchase from 'Lucky Book Club' in 1972 (aged 7). You will notice I have signed my name on it and practised my underlining with a ruler skills. The scribble on the side? I think someone else wrote their name on it and I have banished it from the cover. I was particularly impressed with the back cover which featured the Braille alphabet. That thrill of book purchase never changed which probably explains my career choice - teacher librarian. - Merise, NSW

This was my first purchase from 'Lucky Book Club' in 1972 (aged 7). You will notice I have signed my name on it and practised my underlining with a ruler skills. The scribble on the side? I think someone else wrote their name on it and I have banished it from the cover. I was particularly impressed with the back cover which featured the Braille alphabet. That thrill of book purchase never changed which probably explains my career choice - teacher librarian. - Merise, NSW

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