I probably did read some of these as reading books, but for us, my brothers and sister and I, these were the first history books we read. I think of them as 50 pages long with 25 illustrations, and I wonder how the Englishness of them skewed my early reading of history. Still I learned a lot and had some background. My rel favourites were the ones on the history of football, cricket as well as a whole series on the different monarchs and historical periods. There are still a good number of them on the shelves at my parents’ house.
This is prompted by an article on the English at Reading Blog