Little Girl Reading

Literature is one of the best ways to spark your children’s imagination. Whether through beautiful pictures, exciting characters, or wonderful adventures, children’s books are brimming with possibilities and the opportunity to learn. With International Literacy Day taking place earlier on this month, I thought it was the perfect time to celebrate some of my favourite reading material for kids.

 

Classics

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle, 1969

What’s it about?

One very hungry caterpillar eating his way to his future self.

 

Why We Love it: Gorgeous illustrations and an uplifting end.

 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr, 1968

What’s it about?

Tea-time for Sophie and her mother is interrupted by a rather hungry – but very friendly - tiger.

 

Why We Love it: Who doesn’t like the idea of a tiger coming for tea?! Also, it’s a great one for acting out with the little ones!

 

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak, 1963

What’s it about?

A naughty little boy is sent to bed without supper and suddenly finds himself King of the Wild Things.

 

Why We Love it: Helps to create a magical world for any child who has romped a little too enthusiastically…

 

The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery William and William Nicholson, 1922

What’s it about?

A toy rabbit finally becomes real through the love of a small boy.

 

Why We Love it: Because it is poignant and lovely. Perfect for Christmas.

 

Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne, 1926

What’s it about?

The stories of a forest-dwelling, honey-loving bear and his friends.

 

Why We Love it: Wonderful characters, great adventures – with friendship at the heart.

 

Not-so-classics

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business – Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch, 1989

What’s it about?

A mole emerging from his hole one morning gets a nasty surprise and goes in search of the culprit.

 

Why We Love it: Extremely funny and just rude enough to delight little ones without horrifying big ones.

 

I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen, 2011

What’s it about?

Bear has lost his hat and talks to all the creatures of the forest trying to find it.

 

Why We Love it: Perfect springboard to teach your kids not to steal from each other!

 

Veronica – Roger Duvoisin, 1961

What’s it about?

Veronica is a well-meaning Hippo who just wants to be famous

 

Why We Love it: A heart-warming, funny tale, teaching you that there’s no place like home.

 

Princess Smartypants – Babette Cole, 1986

What’s it about?

Princess Smartypants has no interest in getting married, so she submits her suitors to a number of treacherous tests.

 

Why We Love it: Turns the damsel-in-distress fairy-tale princess narrative on its head.

 

Miss Rumphius – Barbara Cooney, 1982

What’s it about?

When Miss Rumphius was a little girl, she promised she would do three things – visit faraway places, live in a house by the sea, and make the world a more beautiful place.

 

Why We Love it: A gorgeous book with a wonderfully philosophical message.

 

What’s your favourite book to read with your kids? Get in touch on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know!