Our top 10 childrens books of the 1920s

Books were very important to the children of the 1920s.  With no TV and limited children’s programmes on the Radio in the evening, many families enjoyed reading books. Children were often given books as a gift at Christmas and in many homes they were near the top of a Christmas list. Books were often well illustrated, helping their favourite characters come to life.

Family reading, where one member of the family read aloud was very popular, as were bedtime stories.

Below is a list of what we think the best selling children’s books of the 1920’s would be, many of them you’ve probably already read but each, in our opinion deserves to be read again and again.

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Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson,  tells the story of Tarka the otter’s  active life, sometimes playful and sometimes dangerous, in the Devonshire countryside.  The story captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter’s own eyes.

The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley In this, the very first story,  Grey Rabbit gives her tail to Owl to find out how to grow carrots and rescues Hare and Squirrel from Weasel’s cooking pot.

Child Whispers by Enid Blyton was written when she was still a teacher and includes 28 specially written poems including Rosamunda, Disappointment, On Strike, Fairy Sight, A Fairy Necklace and The Fairy’s Bedtime

When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne, Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, is the first volume of rhymes full of bubbling nonsense and rhythm, written for the author’s son Christopher Robin.  Although many of the rhymes refer to times past, the humour and simplicity of the rhymes make them equally as popular now as when they were first written.

Milly-Molly Mandy Stories    top selling book was written by Joyce Lankester Brisley contains 13 short stories about Millicent Margareat Amanda and her friends

The Book of Brownies written by Enid Blyton is the story of three naughty brownies: Hop, Skip and Jump, who are tricked by Witch Green-eyes into unwittingly helping her to kidnap the Princess Peronel.

Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne,  and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, is a classic book of children’s verses, some about A.A. Milne’s best-loved characters Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and others in a more general nonsense vein.   The title comes from the final poem of the book: – first published 1927

More Milly-Molly-Mandy written by Joyce Lankester Brisley.  Join Milly-Molly-Mandy and her friends on their adventures, including picnics in the summer, sledging in the winter and fun all year round

Cecil Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes written by Beatrix Potter is a compilation of traditional nursery rhymes such as “Goosey Goosey Gander”, “This Little Piggy” and “Three Blind Mice”

Just William written by Richmal Crompton this is the first book of children’s short stories about the young school boy William Brown and his band of friends, known as “The Outlaws”.

Books played a huge part in the lives of families in the twenties and continue to do so today.  What was your favourite book from your childhood?  Do you still read it to your own children?  Get involved with out byegone Christmas and tell UnderTheChristmasTree about your favourite books using our comment box below.

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