Smartly written, this futuristic thriller is great for luring teens back to the printed page. Certainly not Charlie, even if he has to suffer his smarty-pants cousin. However, when Charlie finds himself caught up in a missing jewellery mystery, his cousin might prove to be a useful ally. At any time of the day, sharing a book is one of the best ways to bring calm to wild family life. No wonder then, that this classic with its simple, reassuring conversation between a parent and child rabbit and its soothing watercolor illustrations has sold over 28 million copies.
First published over years ago, they were populated with fabulously named wildlife and Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, and were adopted by the Scout movement long before Disney. Silly and smart. Dahl paints a joyously grisly portrait of a married couple who play nasty tricks on each other, enslave monkeys and trap birds for pies by gluing tree branches. Gruesome, yes, but perfectly pitched at under-eights with a robust sense of humour. And of course, The Twits get their just desserts in the end.
Other Asterix adventures were nominated, but this got most votes. Here, plucky Gauls Asterix and Obelix join forces with Britons in the fight against the Roman baddies.
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Child has such a dry sense of humour and a knack for talking intelligently to young readers. Plus of course, her mix of collage and illustration is colourful, funky and stylish. As a result, this post-modern retelling of a classic fairytale is essential reading for girls and boys who prize quirkiness over convention. Picturebooks like this are brilliant for exploring concepts like friendship. Adapted for TV by Charlie Higson, this was the first in a series about an absent-minded boffin and his bumbling friend Colonel Dedshott.
Still funny and fresh, despite references to housekeepers and library cards from the period in which it was written. Get them learning science early, with playful picturebooks like this romp through the world of micro-organisms. Explore how we catch a cold, what bacteria go into yoghurt and all kinds of other fascinating facts, simply and entertainingly explained.
After his family is murdered, a toddler wanders into a cemetery where he finds himself adopted and raised by its inhabitants yes, the dead ones and a guardian who seems to hover between the living world and the afterlife.
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Children learn so much from listening to us talk, long before they can express themselves in words. A stranger in a foreign world is always a good vehicle for comedy and a chance to explore acceptance and understanding. Especially when the hero of this odyssey is a charming, accident-prone bear. Rosoff has an easy, flowing narrative style and an eye for the remarkable in the everyday, which makes her books crackle with tension and detail. A deservedly acclaimed read.
Can he, his sister Meg and his friend Calvin free his dad in this sci-fi caper? This pacey spy thriller follows the fortunes of undercover agents, all aged between 10 and 17, who work for an organization called Cherub. The fantasy was concocted by Carroll on a riverboat trip as a way of amusing the three young daughters of a friend. The rest is history. While reading bedtime stories, Herb accidentally falls into a book and finds himself in a perilous adventure where he encounters all the characters from classic fairy tales. Although you can enjoy the stories of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad in cartoons with young children, the novel is a more densely woven and evocative tale celebrating the countryside and companionship, better suited to older readers.
President Roosevelt was a huge fan. Find out in a series of rhyming challenges. Funny, smart female-role-model stuff. Sophie and Mummy are having tea in the kitchen when a tiger arrives and decides to hang around a while, eating them out of house and home. Family, school, everyday events and language itself are explored in these magical verses.
This bright and breezy picturebook stands squarely with the dreamers. Mishaps abound as the book reveals Strong as a master of quirky stories for young readers. As silly as it sounds. Allan Ahlberg and his wife met at teacher training college and created many quietly funny storybooks together before her death in The classics continue to enchant, including this detailed little book throughout which young readers are encouraged to find fairy tale and nursery characters on each page.
In his letters home he tells his family all about his adventures. Great fun. This was the first full-length novel in a series about a brother and sister and their crime-busting friends. Mr Big is strong and tough, but also a bit of a softy. However, everyone is too scared to come near him to discover this, so how can he show them his nice side? Fern has a pet pig named Wilbur and as he grows fatter, he eventually faces the destiny of all the pigs on the farm. However, with the help of a talking spider called Charlotte, Wilbur might be saved.
This modern jewel follows an ordinary chap who finds his house demolished and the Earth destroyed in order to make way for a hyperspace bypass. The original radio comedy format ensures a tight, pacy read as Dent is bounced around the universe. The relationship between the parent dogs and their puppies is lovingly explored and the search unfolds as a thrilling adventure.
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The author of the Mr Benn series has a talent for playful picturebooks that concisely express something of the quirks and contradictions of the human condition. Here, a powerful General is furious when his invading troops meet no resistance in the last unconquered territory and instead befriend its people. Three children who live in an orphanage under the uncaring custody of social workers and therapists decide to run away. Their escape is perilous, but when they meet a girl named Heaven Eyes, there seems to be some small hope in their otherwise bleak world.
Almond at his thought-provoking best. In a community dominated by power and battles, a misfit Viking teenager rescues and befriends an injured dragon. Can the two outsiders unite to be accepted and live happily? But one night, Star is not there and Fox must venture into the world alone and make new friends. A funny picturebook fable about two hapless amphibians.
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Not all picturebooks are for toddlers. Scottish poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy created this darkly beautiful story for older children. A witch steals all the happy endings to bedtime stories and one brave girl must save them. Magical reading for any child with a restless spirit and a creative imagination. Nine-year-old Pippi lives all by herself with a horse, a monkey and a suitcase of gold coins.
As a result, she confounds the village grown-ups and spends her days on wild and wacky adventures. When a pilot is forced to land his plane in the desert, he meets a mysterious little boy who tells him a series of fascinating and wise stories. This simple fable of imagination and compassion has been a treasure handed from parent to child for generations ever since it was first published 70 years ago. Many authors address themes like the stresses of peer pressure and the threat of violence through fantasy writing.
McGowan tackles these head-on in an account of a boy who unwillingly becomes ensnared in a local gang war. Intelligent and honest without being sensational, this is a serious work of bold fiction. Here, a young girl must follow her strong-headed brother down a dark tunnel, but when she emerges into a dark forest, she finds that Jack has been turned to stone…. This is a beautiful picturebook celebration of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which each declaration is illustrated by a different artist or illustrator.
Ahlberg is a master of playful, smart stories for picturebook and storybook readers and this adventure is one of his more recent gems. This is the second in a series of fantasy thrillers published between and The adventures draw on Arthurian legends, and Celtic and Norse mythologies. By Bob Barner is a cute rhyming book filled with simple facts about penguins.
My toddler loved the bold illustrations, and my son liked the facts, and it sparked a desire to learn more about the animal. That is one of my favorite things about nonfiction books like this that look like stories, they plant seeds of interest that can be launched into a deeper inquiry. Great book for preschool through Kindergarten. The Mitten by Jan Brett is such a sweet book about a mitten that somehow keeps stretching as more and more animals crawl inside.
That is until the bear sneezes! The illustrations are busy in a beautiful way that will have your children finding new things every time you read this book. The amazing thing about this book is how it appeals to such a range of ages. My classroom of 2 and 3-year-olds read this book the same week my son told me his had. He was 8! Snowmen at Night by Caralyn and Mark Buehner I love this book and actually looked for 2 hours in our playroom and storage room convinced I owned it but misplaced it. I finally sat down to read it to my daughter at her school last week.
The story is adorable but a little sophisticated for a month-old. The author imagines the world where snowmen come to life and party at night when we are sleeping, which is why they always look a little different in the morning. I love the whimsical illustrations with fun points of view that make the reader feel like they are in on a real secret. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a beautiful wordless picture book that I could not find anywhere!
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Luckily I remembered there was a video made, and YouTube provided a nice backup. The little boy and the snowman explore the little boys house then the snowman takes the little boy to explore his magical world. My children loved the video. The music that accompanied the beautiful illustrations brought the whole magical story to life.
Knowing how the story ends with the snowman melted in the front yard, I was anxious to see how my kids would react. Just the way it is. The book has an important message about not giving up hope and to keep trying to make friends, a lesson that is worthwhile for everyone. The illustrations are very cute, and my son who was a toddler when we read it loved it!
My son loved that the dinosaur was wearing her boots and wanted to read that page over and over. I also loved that when she does go outside her mom has her baby sibling in a baby carrier. Fun book! Penguin by Polly Dunbar was an unexpected delight! The book started with Ben, who got a penguin as a gift, but no matter what he did he got no reaction from his penguin. Finally, as happens with young kids Ben lost it, has a temper tantrum and a lion eats him.
Yes, I said a lion eats him. My son loved it. I loved the rhythm of this book, and the simple illustrations were a perfect fit. Big thumbs up from kid and parent on this one! Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings the sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. When reading this to my class I would often interject with questions to my students about what they thought was cool about Percival, and that combated the undesirable message that you have to be beautiful to be worthy.
Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel is a lovely story about 2 friends who must part ways, in this case, because one is a caterpillar who needs to build a chrysalis and the other an earth worm who needs to dig deep into the ground. I like the lesson about how we all play a part! The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain is another story about a caterpillar who is not happy about his lot in life. There is a fair bit of language that some parents would object to.
This caterpillar is often reminded that he is too fat to fly. So that poses a few challenges to parents like myself who are trying to instill healthy body images as well as using respectful words with others in our children. I have dealt with this book in two ways. First by saying that the caterpillar is getting fat. That he will be able to sleep for a long time in his chrysalis and needs that fat to live. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is more than a cute book about a crabby bug. The Lady bug is looking for a fight. I loved using this book to teach telling time, as there is a picture of an analog clock on each page.
I would use a play clock and as I read each page ask one child to come and set our classroom clock. No animal takes her up on her offer. You can spin that into a great lesson about not giving into people who are trying to pick fights. We have the board book edition and what I love about it, is that the spider web in it is raised and offers a sensory element to reading the story.
This is a story of hard work, persistence and also helps reinforce animal sounds. Perfect for toddlers! The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic, that most preschool teachers like myself can recite from memory. It really is a fantastic book. But it is also useful for a lesson about the day of the week and healthy eating! Not so much because of the story but because the board book version has flashing lights at the end! The story is all about a firefly looking for another firefly but mistaking all different light for a friend.
The text is the right length for little guys but not boring for older kids. I need to mention the little lights are really quite magical in a dark bedroom. Whenever I read it to children and it was a classroom favorite too I would wiggle my shoulders like I was trying to rub my wings together just like the cricket. Kids latched on to that and I loved seeing them so engaged by the repetitive but never boring book. I thought that seeing 12 little 3-year-olds wiggling was precious but one little 3-year-old is pretty cute doing it too!
Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin is a very clever book with some pretty funny bits of humor. Older preschoolers will love it. Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming is a beautifully illustrated book with a melodic rhyming text and fantastic descriptive words. So feet, birds, and lizards all seem huge to the reader. They start to see what it might be like to be so small!
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