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Bedtimes / 30 Nov 2015 / by James

Classic stories to read with kids

We were so excited to discover that August is home to Book Lover's Day, so we thought we'd celebrate by collecting some excellent reading suggestions for you and your little ones to enjoy. We've arranged them by appropriate age group so you can help develop a love of reading from a young age. Bugs being eaten, cats in hats and dogs with spots are sure to make an appearance in this list, along with a few chaos-causing characters, so take a look and get reading! 

 

Toddlers

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill

Who needs Kindles or those new-fangled illustrated e-books when there's so much fun to be had by lifting the flaps? In Spot's first adventure, we join Spot's mum in her search for the naughty puppy. Let little ones lift the flaps and get to know the simple text as they look all around the house with this colourful and engaging interactive board book. This bestselling classic is the perfect choice for building a soothingly familiar bedtime routine.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A picture book loved by many, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will certainly make a welcome addition to any child's bookshelf. Excellent for reading together with your children, watch their faces light up at the beautiful illustrations as the caterpillar in question makes his way through food after food, for a wonderfully colourful ending!

 

Nursery

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams

With holes in the pages to help bring this story to life, this rhyming read is funny, silly and brilliantly illustrated - a recipe for success, we say!  

 

Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes

Alfie Gets in First tells the tale of how little Alfie copes when he accidentally locks his mum and younger sister out of the house, leaving him alone indoors! A delightful tale, it broaches everyday problem solving and the real dilemmas of those early years! What's more, this is the first in a series of excellent Alfie adventures you and your little ones can get well and truly stuck into!

 

Age 5+

Causing Chaos with Jeremy James by David Henry Wilson.

There's only one word to describe this small boy's catalogue of misadventures, and that's ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. Ok, that's two words but Jeremey James isn’t one to play by the rules. From stopping a train with one finger, to 'helping' his parents pay their bills, Jeremy's schemes would be genius - if they didn't result in such side-splitting chaos.

 

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

Full of hilarious quips and quirky rhymes, The Cat in the Hat is soon to be one of your children's best-loved reads. The rhythm it's written in makes it an excellent choice when learning to read, so you can sit back and watch them revel in the perfectly peculiar world of Dr Seuss!

 

Age 8+

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton.

We meet the five young adventurers for the very first time in this book, and we doubt anyone who's done so could forget them. If there was ever a book to make you want to fall through the pages and join its characters, this tale of shipwrecks, islands, treasure and friendship is it. What's more, there are 20 more books in the 'Famous Five' series, so there's always another adventure, just waiting to begin.   

 

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Imagination, creation and wonderful storytelling - all things you can rely on getting from Roald Dahl! With illustrations from Quentin Blake, this book tells the story of George, who decides to make a medicine for his less than delightful grandmother. After seeing its effects, the possibilities for George's medicine seem endless…

 

 

An alternative classic read

The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo.

This is the first in The Magician Trilogy series. Combining the magic of Welsh folklore with a beautiful story about a little boy's search for understanding after the disappearance of his sister, this book offers an intriguingly eerie portrait of Wales as a land full of legend and mystery.

 

A modern read

How to Survive Summer Camp by Jaqueline Wilson

A perfect read for older children, Jaqueline Wilson's How To Survive Summer Camp tells the story of Stella, who has to attend the camp while her mum and her new husband head off on their honeymoon. The story follows Stella through the trials and tribulations of camp, with a few heart-warming lessons to learn along the way. Jaqueline Wilson's ability to broach very real-life subjects in such an approachable way is just one of the factors that makes her writing so brilliant for older children!