The summer holidays are upon us, and we can’t wait to curl up with a good book. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite books for all kids of all ages, and since we know our little ones like to read things over and over, we’ve chosen stories that continue to delight…even after multiple reads!
It’s a really sweet story about an ugly monster in a world of cute fluffy things that searches for and then finds love. The message is lovely and in addition to that whilst on his search they include opposites like high and low, in and out etc. to teach toddlers about key concepts.
A story about a dog that promises to be good for the day but fails miserably and is in fact very naughty. He feels guilty and in the second half of the book makes it up to his friend by behaving really well and sharing. It’s a great message and well illustrated.
One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone. So begins this counting story, in which exuberant hippopotamus guests show up in ever-increasing numbers, until an all night party is inevitable.
Iggy Peck has been building fabulous creations since he was two (like the tower he built out of used diapers). When a new second grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up!
Discover the interactive and beautifully engineered pop up edition of the world famous classic children’s book, which was first published in 1969. We love how the caterpillar literally pops off the page, crawling along branches, munching through food and, finally, turning into an extraordinary butterfly.
This cautionary tale of a lost stuffed bunny will delight parents and children alike. The combination of photographs and drawings is lovely.
This book presents the most famous fairy tales in its original version before Disney. It is lovingly designed and features The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea in artworks from 1840s to 1980s.
Shel Silverstein’s classic story of a generous tree may have you in tears – and the simple line drawings are a delight.
Bear doesn’t really like having visitors, but he learns a wonderful lesson from a persistent mouse.
Whether you’re reading out loud to your children or they’re devouring books on their own, here is a selection of tales for Key Stage 2 children.
A spooky series that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats.
Roald Dahl’s tale of witches living among us is a bit scary, but, as with all his books, has plenty of humour and you can be assured of the triumph of good over bad!
Even if they’ve seen the movie, children as young 6 will enjoy the wizardry of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The books get darker as they go along, so the later ones might be more appropriate for 8 and up.
There’s a great variety of pre-teen and teen literature out there to excite the imagination, here are just a few.
A fantastic adventure for pre and early teens. Twig is plunged into an unexpected journey that will take him to the deepest and strangest reaches of the Deepwoods. Can he stay alive and discover the answers to questions from his past?
Great for teens and adults alike. Now major motion picuture series, The Hunger Games trilogy will ensnare the imagination and force the reader to reflect on a dystopian version of home. And When Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the annual Hunger Games, her world will never be the same.