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Top 10 Books from the 1990s

Who remembers the 1990s? From MC Hammer’s baggy pants and Macaulay Culkin’s star-making turn in Home Alone to the spectacle of Jurassic Park and the dominance of the Spice Girls, it was an incredible decade full of unforgettable moments – but what about the books? Well, thankfully these were just as amazing.

A Roald Dahl classic was brought back to the masses thanks to a magical feature film; children all over the world developed an abiding fear of ventriloquist’s dummies; and a certain bespectacled wizard hopped on a train at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross for the very first time… watch our video below to see how many of our Top 10 Books from the ‘90s you can remember.

Roald DahlMatilda
Although published in 1988, the 1996 movie directed by and starring Danny DeVito made this essential for ‘90s kids. Mara Wilson is perfect in the title role and it also managed the unlikely feat of putting children off chocolate cake… almost!

K. A. ApplegateAnimorphs
Four humans stumble across a crashed spaceship and inherit the amazing power of being able to transform into any animal they touch. Published between 1996 and 2001, this series was adapted into a Nickelodeon show in 1998.

Ann M. MartinThe Babysitters Club
A group of friends set up a local babysitting service and deal with a host of serious themes ranging from illness and divorce to peer conflicts. This popular series spawned two spin-off book series, a graphic novel, a TV show adaptation and even a feature film.

Jacqueline WilsonThe Story of Tracy Beaker
This story became a big favourite with readers upon its publication in 1991. The star of the book, Tracy, has a wild imagination and makes up a series of stories about why she’s living in a children’s foster home, many of which revolve around her actress mother working in Hollywood.

Dav PilkeyCaptain Underpants
Running from 1997 until 2015, Captain Underpants follows the adventures of two children as they hypnotise their teacher and end up creating a superhero who has to battle the evil Dr. Diaper.

Lois LowryThe Giver
A dystopian novel that has sold over 10 million copies, this book was not afraid to tackle difficult and grown-up subjects. A controversial book that inspired many debates, it was adapted into a film in 2014.

Marcus PfisterThe Rainbow Fish
With shiny scales and a simple message of sharing, this book is still popular today and continues to add to its total of 15 million copies sold.

R.L. StineGoosebumps
Those embossed, colourful covers… the scary stories and those deliciously dark twists at the end! The Goosebumps books were a staple of schoolchildren’s bookshelves during the ‘90s and retain their popularity today!

Philip PullmanNorthern Lights
Also known as The Golden Compass, this book – the first in a trilogy – was published in 1995 and follows Lyra Belacqua as she heads to the Arctic in search of a missing friend and comes around all sorts of magical things.

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The bestselling children’s books in history, J.K. Rowling’s books have become iconic. The characters are unforgettable and the plot is full of surprises. A true phenomenon, wizards and witches all over the world are excited for the expansion of the wizarding world in new spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Top 10 YA must-reads and YA fiction quiz!

How well do you know YA fiction? Check out our must-read YA books video and try your hand at our YA books quiz to test your YA book knowledge and see how much you know about teen fiction books.



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Ella Woodward has been the food blogger’s name on everyone’s lips over the past year or so. Her website – www.deliciouslyella.com – is packed full of plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes that simply taste amazing. And now you can have over 100 of her favourite recipes all together in one Deliciously Ella cookbook – a real must-have for all kitchens!

Perfect for those who have given up some of the more fatty foods for Lent, the book will inspire healthy living and a love of natural foods. You’ll soon be feeling the benefits of eating all this better food as part of your diet. With simple, easy-to-find ingredients and step-by-step instructions, you’ll find healthy highlights that can be the showstopper of a dinner party or perfect for a picnic.

Among the best Deliciously Ella recipes found in the book are Mexian Quinoa Bowl, Marinated Kale Salad and a rather tasty Key Lime Pie. You can buy the Deliciously Ella cookbook for just £16, saving £4 on the RRP, from the Book People.


Deliciously Ella | Ella’s Day on a Plate video

So, if I was going to describe my favourite day of food, which is pretty difficult ‘coz I kinda want to eat everything – obviously, I’m quite a foodie – but I think for breakfast: I am obsessed with porridge! I know people think that’s quite weird, but it’s so good. And there’s a creamy coconut porridge that I do which I just love. So I cook oats – and I soak them in water – and then I cook them with coconut milk; a little bit of coconut oil; banana, which kinda dissolves into the oats so everything’s really sweet and creamy; and then I put some almond butter in and then just top it with – I love my toppings  – berries, honey, more nut butter, kind of anything you can think of. And that’s my favourite breakfast!

And then for lunch, I like… I love my breakfast and dinner, my lunches are normally kind of easy things so things like a stir fry are really good. I love just using any veggies like red peppers, mushrooms… that kind of stuff. Then with tahini and tamari: tamari is a gluten-free version of soy sauce; and tahini is like a creamy sesame seed paste, sort of a peanut butter if you think of it in that kind of consistency but its made of sesame seeds, so it’s more savoury which is really good… and again it makes quite a creamy dressing. And then I’ll have that either on its own maybe or with brown rice or qeema or something if I’m feeling a bit hungrier.

And then – I’m a bit of a snacker, I love my afternoon snacks – so my kind of go-to are dates and nut butter. I know it’s a bit boring but I love dates so much and if you do spread some almond butter on the top, they’re really good.

And then for dinner: I’m kind of… at the moment obviously it’s a little colder outside I’m kind of all about my curries. There’s a recipe in the book that I’m obsessed with which is a Thai coconut curry and it’s made with fresh ginger and then muso, chilli, coriander and then in that you cook aubergine, squash and chick peas, with a coconut milk and tomato sauce which is just so good and then have that with brown rice. And that’s a really nice one as well because, obviously I love eating healthy food, but I know that some people are always a bit nervous about it and that’s the kind of dish that you can literally feed to anyone. No one is going to look at it and think, “Wow this is so scary,” you know, “I don’t even know what this is.” It’s very familiar and comforting. Whereas if maybe you’re trying to convince someone in your life to try healthy food and you give them a kale salad, you might love it but they might run away, so its kinda good in that sense.


Julia Donaldson – Superworm song video!

Superworm

Superworm

Super-long

Superworm

Super-strong

Watch him wiggle

See him squirm

Hip-hip hooray for Superworm

 

Help! Disaster! Baby Toad

…has hopped onto a major road!

Quick! Whatever can we do?

Look! A Superworm lasso

 

Superworm

Super-long

Superworm

Super-strong

Watch him wiggle

See him squirm

Hip-hip hooray for Superworm

 

Bee is feeling bored today

She needs a nice new game to play

Cheer up, Bee

No need to mope

It’s Superworm, the skipping rope!

 

Superworm

Super-long

Superworm

Super-strong

Watch him wiggle

See him squirm

Hip-hip hooray for Superworm!


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