Reading is such a powerful skill – it develops a child’s imagination, creativity and language skills. Studies have shown that reading to children at a young age helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and is a skill for them to enjoy and take pleasure in throughout their lives. There is truly nothing better than settling down with a book and being transported to another place or another time for a few hours.
To celebrate a very snowy World Book a few weeks ago, we thought we’d share some of our favourite children’s books with you that may inspire your little ones to enjoy one of life’s simplest pleasures!
“Oh no! Oh, help! It’s a Gruffalo!”
‘The Gruffalo’, written by Julia Donaldson, is an award-winning classic picture book, loved by all ages. Julia Donaldson definitely has a way with words and like with all her rhyming stories, she delights young children in a way that will ensure they’ll be asking for this story again and again.
The Gruffalo is about a witty little mouse who manages to outwit a snake, a fox, an owl and even the ferocious (but lovable) Gruffalo, in a story that takes you on a journey through the deep, dark wood.
‘Where the Wild Things Are’, written by Maurice Sendak
“One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all”
This magical story truly transports you to another world and will enchant your own little ‘Wild Thing’ completely.
‘Matilda’, written by Roal Dahl
Matilda is a delightful story about a little girl who is ignored by her parents and discovers that she has a remarkable special power. Follow her incredible adventures at school where she helps save her fellow classmates and her favourite teacher from the spiteful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
Roal Dahl has captured the imaginations of children across the world, with his colourful characters and fantastic storytelling.
‘Horrid Henry’, written by Francesca Simon
Stories about naughty characters have been told for centuries, and Horrid Henry is a modern version of Dennis the Menace, Pippi Longstocking, Just William and My Naughty Little Sister. Full of good humour and slapstick comedy, Horrid Henry and his antics will have your child roaring with laughter and delight.
‘Harry Potter’, written by J.K Rowling
Requiring little introduction, Harry Potter is a series of books, loved by all ages, about a boy who discovers he is not an ordinary little boy – but a wizard. He (and the reader) is transported into the magical wizarding world with endless adventures and lovable characters.
The story about the ‘boy who lived’ is one that will stay with you for years to come.
‘Wave Me Goodbye’, written by Jaqueline Wilson.
“September 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’.
Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives forever”
Jaqueline Wilson books have been popular with children for years and are always beautifully written. They are guaranteed to become a firm favourite.
‘Northern Lights’, written by Philip Pullman.
“Lyra and her animal daemon live a carefree life amongst the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. Yet the destiny that awaits her will take her far from her home, to the magical frozen lands of the Arctic, amongst the witch-clans and ice-bears. Here, she will discover the truth about her identity, which will have immeasurable consequences reaching beyond her own world”
Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy, like Harry Potter, is loved by all ages. Exciting, original and enormously powerful, it is an incredible feat of imagination, and one of the classics of 20th century children’s literature.
‘Hunger Games’, written by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunger Games is a dystopian trilogy set in a far-off future in the ruins of a place once known as North America. “Years ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed”
Touching some more grown-up themes, ‘The Hunger Games’ is a fantastic trilogy, that will keep your teen immersed for hours.
We hope you enjoy our suggestions. Children’s literature is endless, and there are so many fantastic books out there to find and explore.