To celebrate yesterday’s International Children’s Book Day, we’ve delved into the joyful world of children’s literature. Rediscovering the old classics, new bestsellers and family favourites, here’s our top five reads to enjoy with the kids this Sunday.
Best for under 5’s - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This delightful story encapsulates the evolution of a cheeky caterpillar into a butterfly but also encourages children to learn their first numbers in a fun and engaging way. A story that is remembered from many childhoods as an all time favourite, why not dig out and enjoy your copy this weekend.
Best for under 10’s - Adventures of Paddington Bear
This series of books tells the wonderful tales, adventures and mishaps of a bear who loves to eat marmalade sandwiches in bed. These books have been much loved in children’s literature for over half a century and we will always have fond nostalgic memories of the Paddington adventures!
Best for the family - Harry Potter
If you’re part of the tiny percentage of Brits who haven’t read Harry Potter, then it’s safe to say you’re missing out, these books are a strong family favourite and will be enjoyed by all. Selling in excess of over 400 million copies world wide, J K Rowling has invited us in to the fantasy wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hogwarts and Horcruxes. A magical and enchanting read that’s really a must!
Best classic - Winnie the Pooh
One of our beloved classics has got to be Winnie the Pooh and his adventures with his ever loyal friends, Piglet, Owl, Tigger and Eeyore. This timeless treasure is a must read throughout any childhood and one that’s truly enjoyable to rediscover with the kids.
Best newcomer - The Gruffalo
This rhyming story about a mouse and a monster is one that engages both the reader and its audience from beginning to end. When walking through the dangerous forest the naughty little mouse tells tales of an imaginary fantastical creature called the Gruffalo who is the scariest in the wood. Imagine his fright when he comes face to face with fearsome beast at the end of his journey! With a lesson to be learnt and beautiful illustrations throughout, this is a firm modern-day favourite.