Books are a magical part of childhood. Here are some of the MWF team’s favourite childhood reads.

Tintin by Herge

Every time we went to the library (living in the country, it was half an hour’s drive away and a special treat) I would go straight to the Tintin section. Tintin made me want to see the world and taught me that friendships could be found in unlikely places – Tintin’s best friends being a small dog, ship’s captain, opera singer and reclusive scientist.
Lillian, Box Office Manager

I especially loved Tintin in Tibet and The Castafiore Emerald. Tintin inspired me to study graphic design and illustration after high school because I wanted to be a world famous comic book artist.
Ash, Development Coordinator

The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing-Chair by Enid Blyton

I loved the The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing-Chair books. I loved all books where kids went on magical adventures – I think they are the reason why I have such a passion for travelling today!
Lisa, Festival Director

Koala’s Book of Poems by Esta De Fossard

I loved the silly stories about various Australian animals. The book reminds me of treasured times with my mum at bedtime, being transported by the words on the page.
Merilee, Festival Administrator

They Drowned a Valley by Margaret Paice

The story is about the building of the Jindabyne Dam and the flooding of the Old Jindabyne Township.I remember the accumulating tension and dread, matched by the characters fierce love of the landscape, the bush and the town.
Mike, Program Manager

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Mum would read it to me when my surly alter ego would appear!
Serena, Marketing Coordinator

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

I admired Amazon captain Nancy for being so bold, but the character I loved was the Swallows’ first mate Susan – she was in charge of the stores and setting up camp. Even as a child I loved organising things!
Shona, General Manager

What are your favourite childhood books?


Image: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton