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As it’s National Storytelling Week (27 Jan to 3 Feb) we thought it’d be the perfect time to share some of our favourite books to read with children.
If you’re lucky enough you may have the opportunity to attend a storytelling session in your local community in schools, theatres or museums, but you don’t need a special event to be able to join in the fun!
The great thing about books is that they are easily accessible and have the power to open up all sorts of exciting world’s with the only limitation being imagination.
We’ve picked our top stories to read with children:
Books to read with 0-4 year olds:
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr, Harper Collins Children’s Books
The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, MacMillan Children’s Books
Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, Harper Collins Children’s Books
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak, Red Fox Books
Books to read with 5-8 year olds:
Watership Down, Richard Adams, Puffin
The Lorax, Dr Suess, Harper Collins Children’s Books
The BFG, Roald Dahl, Penguin Group
The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams, Templar Publishing
Books to read with 8-12 year olds:
The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, Harper Collins
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, Harper Collins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, Puffin
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Okay, it's less likely that children in this age group will still want to read with their parents. Whether you read together, or they read alone, these stories are sure to fire their imaginations:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, Vintage Children’s Classics
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith, Vintage
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne, Vintage Children’s Classics
The Kite Rider, Geraldine McCaughrean, Oxford Children’s books
We hope you find some inspiring choices here to read with your kids for National Storytelling Week and beyond!
Why not take a look at our top books from 2017 for even more ideas?