Lets make a list of great kids books

kids books

I have always  surrounded my kids with books and read to them as much as possible. Most of these books I find  in libraries, at the homes of friends,  at bookstores,  school fetes, you name it,  wherever they can be found.  When relatives ask me what they can buy my kids as gifts,  my first choice is always books.

Today it gives me huge pleasure  to watch them escape into this world of the imagination, of stories.  As I write this my son is lying in bed starting the third book in a fantastic series for older kids ( from11yrs) by Rick Riordan about a character called Percy Jackson set against the background of Greek Mythology. He is captivated, can’t stop and could easily read for hours. Luckily its Saturday,  so the chances are good.

I want to share some of our best reads with you and invite you to do the same.  Lets create a wonderful list , one we can all use to instill a love of reading in our children.

The books  Marvin could not put down:

From  10yrs:

–  The Lion boy trilogy by Zizou Corder ( incredible, for parents too)
–  Eva Ibbotson’s books, especially The Dragonfly Pool.
– Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

6-9yrs

-The Diary of Wimpy Kids series
– Roald Dahl kids stories
– Sally Gardner’s Magical kids series ( fabulous!)

2-5yrs

– So Much! by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury  ( one of my all time favourites – written like a rap song)
– Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
– The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. ( all his books are great)
– Ezra Jack Keats :  A letter to Amy or Whistle for Willie

I could go on and on but maybe this is enough to start with. I will add to this list as I  remember.  Please help us grow it.

Click here to find a wonderful article with loads of recommended books for children. A must read

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Merle Dieterich

Merle Dieterich

Merle Dieterich, passionate mom and businesswoman whose 2 beautiful children, Lerato and Marvin never cease to amaze and teach her about what counts. You’ll find her at jozikids or kznkids

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6 Responses

  1. Age 10 & up:
    Terry Pratchett’s Johnny stories: “Johnny and the bomb”, “Only You Can Save Mankind” and “Johnny and the Dead”
    Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching stories: “The Wee Free Men”, “A Hat Full Of Sky” and “Wintersmith”
    Terry Pratchett’s “The Carpet People”, “Truckers”, “Diggers”, “Wings” and “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents”
    Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”

    Age 2-5:
    Terry Pratchett’s “Where’s My Cow”

  2. Hi Gavin,
    Please can you tell us about yourself. I cannot find anything on the website you referred us to. Where do you come from, why do you write kids books, what inspires you, where your books are sold and whatever else you would like to share with potential readers.

  3. The Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd are fabulous for 2 -5 year olds, as are the books by Julia Donaldson (A squash and a squeeze, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, etc https://www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/bigbooks.htm – all in Exclusive Books, I think.

    Sticker books are also really popular in our house – great for matching up things to silhouettes.

  4. Dear book lovers. I’m one of those professional moms who decided to try something different. I went for what I love, which is creating with my kids and reading to them. I started a small publishing company. I’ve published an arts and crafts book as well as a series of children’s story books. I’ve realised that the publishing industry is a very tough one. Most bookstores only buy from the large publishers and prices are competitive. I’m selling my books online. PLEASE check it out at http://www.bigbookpublishing.co.za and http://www.momsbigbook.co.za.

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