12 books you'll remember if you were a child in the 1990s

For those of us who grew up in the 1990s, certain themes were inescapable. The Teletubbies, The Spice Girls, and taking care of our Tamagotchis all coloured our days. But in between watching Round the Twist and eating Frubes, we made time to read. And far beyond television, books opened our imaginations, and opened doors to strange, wonderful and frightening realities. Sometimes, the itch and ache to know what happened was too much to bear, and we fought off sleep, reading late into the night by the light of a torch, unable to stop turning the pages of riveting stories.

If you were a child growing up in the nineties, chances are these are some of the books you remember.

A dozen classic books for children of the 1990s

By Phillip Pullman
By Peggy Rathmann
By Dick King-Smith
By Roald Dahl
By Martin Waddell
By Marcus Pfister
By Antonia Barber
By Francesca Simon
By Anne Fine


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