British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit: The Wind In The Willows


How did I get it?:
I downloaded free for my kindle!


Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. In the almost one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers’ imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie.


This month’s Kid-Lit challenge was the classic The Wind In The Willows written by Kenneth Grahame. This book was Beth’s choice, she has very fond memories of it as a child. I remember her copy, it was a large hardback book full of beautiful illustrations. I remember looking at her copy, but never reading the story, so I was excited to finally get to read it!

This is the cover of the book Beth had. I remember it so vividly.

This is the cover of the book Beth had. I remember it so vividly.

The Wind In The Willows is a charming piece of children’s literature. What strikes me about these ‘older’ pieces of children’s literature is how different the writing is compared to more recent pieces of children’s literature. It’s quite dated, so I’m not sure it would appeal to young children of today. I thought The Wind In The Willows was incredibly descriptive and I wonder if it could be seen as overly descriptive? Description is something that I enjoy reading as an adult, but I’m not sure that all children would feel engrossed by the long winded descriptions in the story.

That said, I did think that The Wind In The Willows was an endearing read that had some beautiful writing within its pages. It’s such a typically British story. It definitely had that quintessential, quaint feel to it. The characters are lovable. I particularly liked the character of Mole, he’s just such a decent character. He’s so homely, patient and kind. I loved how although Toad wasn’t the nicest character, his interactions with the other animals show true friendship!

Even though I don’t think every modern day child would enjoy The Wind In The Willows, I think it’s worth remembering and sharing with children.

For Beth’s review, please check out her review on her blog HERE!

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge:
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge 2014

My sister Beth and I revisited children’s literature last year. We loved discovering new books and reading some of the children’s classics, so we decided to do it again this year! Here are the titles we’ve picked!

JANUARY- Aesop’s Fables- Aesop
FEBRUARY- Through The Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll
MARCH- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
APRIL- The Magician’s Nephew- C.S Lewis
MAY- Peter Pan- J.M Barrie
JUNE- The Wind In The Willows- Kenneth Grahame
JULY- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz- L. Frank Baum
AUGUST- The Swiss Family Robinson-Johann David Wyss
SEPTEMBER- Swallows and Amazons- Arthur Ransome
OCTOBER- Anne of Green Gables- Lucy Maud Montgomery
NOVEMBER- White Fang- Jack London
DECEMBER- The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Some of these I’ve read before and others I’m yet to start. I’m excited about another year of this challenge!

Have you read any of these? Which one was your favourite?