Books for Children

 

Educational Stories

We like to select books for children that are not only fun to read but educational as well. They are usually written in story form with colourful and engaging illustrations. The following series of books teach children about a variety of subjects with entertaining stories.

Fiction – Our Picks

How to Train Your Dragon

Before the movie, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third had his own series of books. In the original bestselling series, How to Train Your Dragon, your child can read all about the adventures and misadventures of reluctant Viking hero Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless. This series has been a huge hit with our oldest boy who is hanging out for each book and pre-orders them as soon as they become available.

The Magic Tree House

“Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures.”

Join Jack and Annie as they travel through time to save history from being altered. Although not quite as captivating as Enid Blyton’s books or the How to Train Your Dragon series, they offer an easy read that is imaginative and educational at the same time.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga” by USA Today. Get ready to embark on the series that has changed so many young readers’ lives.

This is a really amazing series that I have enjoyed as an adult reader. Although the content – especially in the later books – can be a bit scary for young readers, this is a series you should keep on the bookshelf at home for when your child is ready for it.

 

Enid Blyton

Although she has been criticised for being old-fashioned and politically incorrect, Enid Blyton’s books have and still are a huge hit with children.

…as writer and former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine puts it: “Though Enid Blyton’s work is still just as easy to criticise on grounds of literary quality, we have become infinitely more grateful for sheer readability in our children’s authors. In times of falling reading levels and limitless other distractions, we grasp at any author who has that turn-the-page quality. And for reasons that may remain entirely mysterious to reading adults, she certainly has that.” – The Telegraph

With over 700 books in publication, here are some of the titles that have captivated our son:

Mr Men

Aside from the fact that this is a delightful series to have on your children’s bookshelf at home, the clean, white pages, simple illustrations, and neat print make it a great series of books for helping young children learn to read.

Mr Men

Winnie the Pooh

Who could forget the adventures of Christopher Robin and all the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood?

“Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends–blustery old Owl, bouncy Tigger, clever Christopher Robin, glum Eeyore, and the rest – have been a staple of children’s literature for over 70 years.” – Amazon.

That’s Not My… Series by Fiona Watt

This popular series of “touchy-feely” books are a terrific way to introduce young children to the wonderful world of literature.

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Elephant and Piggie Books

Written by Mo Willems, author of the equally popular Pigeon Books, Elephant and Piggie Books will be a winner for your children – young and old – and a real delight to read over and over and over again.


Dr Seuss Books

“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.”

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.


Roald Dahl

Having grown up loving Roald Dahl books, it’s hard not to get sentimental about his books. They are still as enjoyable as I remembered, although you may want to be on hand to discuss some of the issues from the stories, especially if you have a precocious young reader.

  • Matilda‘s father has a lot of unpleasant things to say to his daughter, spurning the reading of books, while he and his wife promoted the practice of TV dinners…
  • In George’s Marvellous Medicine, George mixed a whole concoction of poisonous chemicals for his grandmother.
  • The Twits were always playing nasty tricks on each other.


Thomas and Friends

The original stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the railway as written by Rev W Awdry.

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