10 books all children must read
7 December 2009
Every year there are so many new children's books being published. These range from picture books all the way up to the fantasy and science fiction genres.
As the list of children's books is just too long, ParenThots and Borders are giving parents our top 10 children's books – these are books that we feel every child should read. Some of them are classics that you may have read as a child.
Brigitte Rozario's 10 books that all children should read:
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
What's not to love about Pooh Bear? Who doesn't love that willy nilly silly old bear after all? I actually only read this as an adult but still found Pooh Bear lovable. The books with the illustrations by Ernest H. Shephard will appeal more to adults than children.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
This is one classic that was introduced to me late – when I was a teenager or in my early 20s. Still a wonderful story to read at any age.
Eloise by Kay Thompson
I think the illustrations will appeal to you above all else and kids always love stories about children who get into trouble.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
There is one good soul in Matilda's life and that is her teacher Miss Honey – the lovely lady who encourages her and the only one who loves her. Matilda eventually discovers she has psychokinetic powers and she uses them to wreak havoc in the lives of Miss Trunchbull and her parents.
Any of Roald Dahl's books is always a great read – not just because of the great storyline and Dahl's imagination but because there's such a feel-good value to it and the good kids always win in the end.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It's got all the ingredients to a great story – an orphan left on her own in a big house, a guardian who seemingly doesn't care, a secret garden, a mysterious little boy, and of course a happy ending.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I would recommend this book for the older children. But it's a definite must-read and be prepared to buy The Lord of the Rings immediately after that because your child will want more adventures after that.
Paddington by Michael Bond
Paddington lives with the Browns and is part of their family. He loves marmalade and frequently ends up with the jam all over him.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I always thought I was like Jo, the tomboy who has a passion for writing. Give this book to any girl, she will find one sister to identify with and love. The whole sisterly relationship and atmosphere is very well replicated in this book.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
It tells of the strange people he encounters on the neighbouring asteroids.
He eventually lands on Earth where he befriends a fox that teaches him the important things in life.
A children's story with some deep messages that adults can learn from too.
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The story is about King Rudolph who is drugged and imprisoned and Rassendyll, his doppelganger, who must impersonate him to ensure the coronation proceeds as planned and the throne does not fall into the wrong hands.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Everybody knows that mischievous cat who wears a tall red and white striped hat. The Cat comes to the home of two children on a rainy day when their mother is away. He can perform all sorts of wacky tricks.
Dr Seuss' books offer fun for all with their rhymes and funny creatures.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
For example, How the Whale Got his Throat, How the Camel Got his Hump and How the Leopard Got his Spots.
According to this book, the animals came to be in their current form because of some acts by humans or some magical being.
Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Magic Faraway Tree is a followup to the book The Faraway Tree.
It sees Jo, Bessie and Fanny having a visitor in their cousin Dick.
The trio introduce Dick to the Magic Faraway Tree and their friends there – Silky, Moonface and Saucepan Man.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Harry Potter is an orphan and a wizard who is destined for great things. He lives with his Muggle (non-magical) relatives who hate him. Professor Dumbledore, who is the principal at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, takes him under his wing and gets him sent to the magical school where he meets Ron and Hermione who become his best friends. Together the three of them face adventures and trials as they grow up and battle all sorts of evils, including “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by RoaldDahl
Charlie and four naughty children win the much-coveted Golden Tickets.
Inside, the naughty children are all punished one after another for being disobedient.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Fatimah's Kampung by Iain Buchanan
Princess Shawl by Shirley Lim