The books every child should read

This week we remember the books we read as a child, and why these stories stayed with us for life. From board books for early readers to tales toddlers and pre-teens will love – read-up on the best children’s books.

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Life Changing Reads

This week we remember the books we read as a child, and why these stories stayed with us for life. From board books for early readers to tales toddlers and pre-teens will love – read-up on the best children’s books.

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Jolly Postman

I can’t believe The Jolly Postman was published in 1986 - I’m really showing my age here! The story follows a ‘jolly postman’ and his bicycle, delivering letters to fairytale characters including Cinderella and the Big Bad Wolf. It is the perfect bedtime read and one to share with generations to come.

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What Do People All Day?

The pictures are colourful and eye-catching. Parents and children can enjoy it together or the bright illustrations make it easy for children to follow alone. It is also very informative and a great way to learn about different professions.

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The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh

I always loved Winnie the Pooh stories and I still have the original copy I was given as a gift. The illustrations are beautiful and I always loved animals, so a story that centers around an animal teddy bear coming alive was magical to me.

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The Sword of Shannara

This was the first book I remember buying and reading page after page in two days solid. Written by Terry Brooks, the novel and subsequent series is sci-fi inspired with a J.R.R Tolkien twist. The current MTV adaptation of the novel is definitely worth checking out!

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The Worst Witch

There was something endearing about the haphazard Mildred Hubble that spoke to my 7-year-old self. Most girls I had read about in books were either perfect or ended up being perfect so Mildred was refreshing. As a child I was a lover of magic and kittens, which this book has by the cauldron load!

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Jolly Postman

I grew up reading the Famous Five books with my mum. She read them when she was young so it was a nice bonding experience! I definitely think the tomboy George, in the books, heavily influenced my fashion sense and hobbies! I played football and didn't wear a dress until my teens.

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