There are so many kid's novels out there that it can sometimes be hard to choose. Here are six fun titles for various ages!
- Witch-In-Training by Maeve Friel
These series are aimed at children who are just starting to read. It centres around a girl called Jessica who discovers that she is a witch, and takes lessons in flying, potions and spells from her teacher Miss Strega. In each book they have a different adventure, such as broomstick lessons, going to witch summer school or brewing potions.
The series are good for kids learning to read, as they have a big print and use understandable words. They are also full of jokes and word games which children can discover themselves, and each page has beautiful illustrations of Jessica.
The books are mainly aimed at girls as most of the characters are female, but boys can enjoy them too.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
This is a beautiful classic book that everyone should have read.
When a piglet is born as the runt of a litter, farmer Avery wants to slaughter him, but Avery’s daughter Fern raises him instead and calls him Wilbur. When Wilbur moves into the barn as an adult, he becomes friends with a spider called Charlotte. When he learns from Charlotte that his life is in danger again, she hatches a clever (and very funny) plan to save him.
- A Year In Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth
This may not be the most well-known children’s book, but the adorable pictures and innocent stories make it perfect for reading aloud to little ones. Park keeper Percy has a different adventure every season – in One Snowy Night, the park animals come knocking at his door in the cold, in The Secret Path he spring cleans an old maze, in The Rescue Party he saves a young rabbit out of a well and in After The Storm he builds a new home for all his animal friends after their old tree has fallen down.
Best of all, it has two beautiful fold-out pictures of the maze and the animal tree house – small children will want to look at it for hours.
For whoever wants to buy this (I strongly recommend it!) , it is available on the internet.
- Boy: Tales Of Childhood by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was one of my absolute favourite authors growing up, but if I had to pick a favourite of his, it would be this one. It is such a heartfelt and personal story, and Roald Dahl’s brilliant writing skills make it even better. Boy tells you everything about Dahl’s own childhood, with an emphasis on his experience in British boarding schools. Maybe some parents will hesitate because it describes corporal punishment so detailed, but I read it when I was seven and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
- Just In Case by Meg Rosoff
This is a book that will make you cry and laugh out loud. After fifteen-year-old David Case saves his baby brother from a tragic accident, he becomes terrified by fate. He tries to avoid his doom by changing his entire identity, so fate will not recognise him. The result is that he lands in a whole train of sad, funny and tragic events.
Although Just In Case is written for teenagers, any adult should read it because it is hilarious and the writing is fantastic.
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
And finally, one last book for the tiny ones. This book is actually a song about a family who go on a walk across the country to find a bear. It is the perfect picture book for singing aloud with toddlers, who will love the suspension (leading up to the moment where the family finds the bear in the cave!). Read it to your baby as well – they may not understand the words but they love hearing your voice.