There are few activities that are as pleasurable or as character building as reading a good book. When you ask people what their favourite children’s book was, it’s as if a magical light flicks on.

So which ones are our favourites? There seems to be so many that have such an impact that it’s quite hard to narrow them down! These are the ones that we would recommend and should be easy to find in your local library.

Happy reading!

Ages 0 – 5:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

2. The Jolly Postman –  Janet & Allan Ahlberg

3. The Gruffalo – Julian Donaldson

4. Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

5. Hairy McLary – Lynley Dodd

6. Eat Peach Pear Plum – Janet & Allan Ahlberg

7. The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister

8. The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

9. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt –  Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

10. Dogger – Shirley Hughes

Ages 6 – 11:


1. George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

2. Beast Quest – Adam Blade

3. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

4. Stig of the Dump –  Clive King

5. Ballet Shoes –  Noel Streatfeild

6. Goodnight Mr Tom –  Michelle Magorian

7. Five Children and It – E. Nesbit

8. Swallows and Amazons –  Arthur Ransome

9. The Dork Diaries –  Rachel Renee Russell

10. Famous Five – Enid Blyton

11. Holes –  Louis Sachar

12. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Ages 12+

1. The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

2. Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling

3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

4. The Velveteen Rabbit –  Margery Williams

5. Skellig – David Almond

6. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

7. The Hunger Games –  Suzanne Collins

8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime –  Mark Haddon

9. The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

10. Pongwiffy: A Witch of Dirty Habits –  Kaye Umansky

11. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

12. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis


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Alternatively, please utilise your local libraries. They can reserve and order in books that are not already on their shelves and have many free services at your disposal.