Children’s Mood Boosting Booklist

The first list of Mood-boosting Books chosen by you, the people of Brighton & Hove is the list of Children’s Books

 mood boosting books

There were 66 nominations for children’s books, out of a total of 451 nominations via postcard, facebook, tweet and e-mail. Many nominations were from adults who fondly remember books they enjoyed in childhood, some were from adults who are enjoying reading favourite books with their children and some nominations were from children. The project was intended for adults, so we were surprised by the number of nominations for children’s books – nostalgia obviously played a big part! The mood-boosting project wasn’t promoted to children, which is why not many children nominated a book.


There was a great variety of titles and authors chosen, so we have included recommended titles and authors who got more than one vote. The Top Children’s Book choices in order of popularity are:

Top Children’s Books

just will1. Just William – Richmal Crompton

“It makes you laugh and takes you back to childhood”


alice 22. Alice in Wonderland/Alice through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll


pull 23. His Dark Materials Trilogy (Northern Lights, The Golden Compass, The Amber Spyglass) and Grimm Tales – Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials  “Magic, mystery. It gives good memories of reading this years ago with all my friends.”


pot 24. Harry Potter series – J K Rowling

“Nostalgia, good triumphs, magic!”


wimp 25. Diary of a Wimpy Kid– Jeff Kinney

“It is very funny and laughing out loud in public whilst reading is good for the system!”


Children’s Recommendations

Famous Five, Magic Faraway Tree, The Naughtiest Girl – Enid Blyton

Chronicles of Narnia series – C S Lewis

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson-Burnett

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham

Winnie the Pooh and Once Upon a Time – A A Milne

Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Cat Mummy and Lily Alone – Jacqueline Wilson

Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

Moominpapa at Sea and The Summer Book Tove Jansson

War Horse and Little Foxes – Michael Morpurgo

Monkey Puzzle – Julie Donaldson

We will be releasing more lists over the next few days so watch this space.

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