Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Childhood Authors

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I already did a list on books featuring magic schools as well as books I’d read with my class at school so this week I had to think of something else again.

I am currently working on a list of books I’ve read in my childhood and early teens. It was a whole lot and I am struggling to find or remember tons of titles, which is super sad! But it’s an ongoing process and I am hopeful I will remember more and more. I’d like to do a list of favourite books but I don’t have enough together yet so I give you authors I loved to read when I was a kid.


Otfried Preussler –> German author. Wrote my favourite book as a kid, Die kleine Hexe (The Little Witch). I read it over and over and over! And loved it every time. Other works of his include Krabat (The Satanic Mill) or Das kleine Gespenst (The Little Ghost).


Astrid Lindgren –> a Swedish author, VERY popular in Germany, I grew up with her books and movie adaptations. My favourite book series (and TV shows) are Pippi Langstrumpf (Pippi Longstocking), Michel aus Loenneberga (no English translation, ‘Emil i Loenneberga’), the books about Lotta (no English translation) and Kinder aus Bullerbue (Six Bullerby Children). Other famous works of her are The Brothers Lionheart or Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter.


Bonnie Bryant –> Horse books and more horse books. I was totally into them when I was little, although I never even went riding! I just loved reading about riding clubs etc. Bryant wrote a series called The Saddle Club and I think I read them all.


Marie Louise Fischer –> German author. Between the 50s up until her death in 2005 she published hundreds of books, mostly romances. I loved her boarding school novels, like Ulrike im Internat, which was originally published in the 60s.


Enid Blyton –> more boarding school books! The Twins at St. Clare’s was my favourite series, I read it soo often! Would even reread today! They were just so happy 😀 The only problem the kids had was teachers finding out they got out of bed at night, aww!


Tina Caspari –> German author. Wrote tons of books, lots of them about horses, dancing or coming of age. My favourite was her series about a young girl in which each book covers one year of her life, starting from when she was 11 and ending when she is 17.


Thomas Brezina –> Austrian author. Wrote the Tiger Team books (A Case for You and the Tiger-Team). A series about a young group of detectives uncovering mysterious cases^^ The cool thing about these books was the fact that YOU had to solve riddles and mysteries yourself. I must have read almost all of them I think.


Erich Kaestner –> famous German author. My favourites were Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives), Das doppelte Lottchen (Lottie and Lisa) or Puenktchen und Anton (no translation).


R.L. Stine –> I LOVED the Goosebumps books in my early teens! Read tons of them, they were really scary for me back then 😀


Brigitte Blobel –> German author. She wrote this ballet dancer series about a girl called Sarah, I absolutely loved. It was a bit darker than what I was used to and I re-read it again in my 20s.


Annette Langen –> German author. Lovely book series (Briefe von Felix) about a toy rabbit called Felix who gets lost and starts traveling the world & sending letters to his owner Sophie. The letters are included every couple of pages. So you follow Sopie’s life at home as well as Felix’s travels. It was awesome!

Do you know any of those? What were your favourite childhood authors or books?


    1. Yayy aren’t they awesome 🙂 She was my idol when I was little! I mean, who doesn’t want to live alone in a giant house with a horse and a cute little monkey & have a cool pirate father who brings back chests of gold from time to time 😀

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  1. Astrid Lindgren I think I know from Pippi Longstocking! Enid Blyton too… and that description of Pippi Longstocking sounds pretty good! I never actually read those…

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  2. Enid Blyton. My husband had never heard of her. Can you imagine that? I haven’t read anything of Annette Langen but I remember the toy rabit from gifts German friends of my parents would send for my birthday when I was small. Stickers and such.

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  3. Great list! I’ve only read Pippi Longstocking (in Dutch since I’m from Belgium) but the rest look like fun as well! Most of them I haven’t heard of before, though. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  4. I loved Enid Blyton as a kid and couldn’t get enough of her books! I loved Malory Towers more than St Clare’s though but I enjoyed them both. I read Pippi Longstocking as well but I don’t remember anything about it. European books were very popular in the UK when I was growing up.

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  5. What a great list. Pippi Longstocking – I loved the TV Shows but I did’nt read the book during my childhood.
    I loved to read fairy tales especially by Hans Christian Andersen. And I loved Jules Verne!

    But I loved and love the first four “recreation-” and/or hommage-books of Baums “Oz” by Alexander Wolkow (“Zauberland” or “Wunderland” books). He was a russian author and wrote the first book “Der Zauberer der Smaragdenstadt” in 1939. I love his version and the lovely illustrations by Leonid Wladimirski so much – ( – much more than the original. 🙂

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  6. I love your mix of English and non-English authors. It’s always really interesting to see authors I’ve never come across this way.

    As far as my reading went, I was pretty typical – Judy Blume, Laura Ingalls Wilder, that kind of thing.

    Here is our TTT.

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  7. I hope you remember all the books from your childhood. I feel like I’ve lost some vital memories when it comes to what I read during these years. I loved Pippy Longstocking. I remember watching the movie (or was it tv show?) and loving it. Goosebumps were the best. I loved scary stories as a kid and used to scare my brother reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark aloud to him. He was an easy target.


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