What's your favourite children's book? Twitter teachers debate

Is it Harry Potter? Or something by Roald Dahl? Or perhaps an old classic. Teachers are finding plenty of scope for discussion

Adi Bloom

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Ah, nostalgia. There is little that sparks off a conversation between strangers quite as effectively as harking back to shared childhood memories.

There is the inevitable ice-breaker of children’s television. Or, in the case of a newly trending hashtag on Twitter, beloved children’s books.

Simon Smith, headteacher of East Whitby Academy in North Yorkshire, began it all, with a call to Twitter users to tweet their favourite children’s books under the hashtag #favechildrenslit:



Immediately, Twitter users – most of them teachers – were volunteering the obvious choices:  




And then there were the equally obvious – but more parent-pleasingly literary – choices:



As quickly became clear, books can be loved not merely in the abstract – words on a page, any page – but also in very specific, well-thumbed editions:



After all, for teachers of a certain vintage, nothing says “Edwardian classic” quite like a 1980s cover design:



But books have sentimental value not only because of when and where we read them, but also because they may have been read before by people we love:



In fact, with so much influencing their choices, many teachers found there was no shortage of books about which to wax lyrical: one tweeted 11 entries in her list of top-10 books. Instead, they were faced with another problem:



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Adi Bloom

Adi Bloom is Tes comment editor

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