It is World Book Day this week and many parents and teachers will know, part of the fun of this day is dressing your child up as their favourite book character. My son is now ten, so we’ve been through Tin Tin, Harry Potter and Alex Rider to name a few. This year he was very certain who he wanted to dress up as and I am now scrambling around to find all the pieces that will make up Spoiled Brad from The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams (thankfully, this is not the hardest character to recreate).
In previous years, I too have had to don a bit of fancy dress; which anyone who knows me will tell you isn’t too much of a hardship. I have stood at the front of my class as The Queen of Hearts, Bagheera, Alice in Wonderland and last year my school had a bedtime story theme, so I spent a whole day in my pyjamas (the comfiest work day ever!).
Having replaced teaching with stay at home mum life this year, I thought I would substitute the dressing up and leading of educational literary fun, with a post about our favourite books. As much as I love exploring book shops, recommedations are so appreciated and some of my great favourites have been suggested by others. Having been through the baby, toddler, child and now pre-teen stage as a mum, I have come to find books which have entertained my children and us for years and hold a very special place in my heart. Some are incredibly popular, and I am sure you will have heard of them, but there might be the odd few that are slightly less well known and could become a treasured favourite of yours too. Whatever you get out of this post, I hope it does a bit to encourage the celebration of books and the wonder of reading.
My Recommended Reads
Baby and Toddler
These are books that both my children have loved, and we have loved reading to them. All have wonderful illustrations or images that engage this age group perfectly.
- Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill
- There Are Cats in This Book – Vivian Schwarz
- Stories for Bedtime – Usborne
- Baby Sparkle Funny Faces – DK
- Dinosaur Roar! – Henrietta Stickland
- Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- Peepo – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- Pirates Love Underpants – Claire Freedman
- All books by Julia Donaldson
5 – 8 Years
I have shared some books that my son has loved in this group, but also books I adored as a child and others I enjoyed reading with the children I taught.
- The Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Riddell
- The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon – Mini Grey
- All books by Jonny Duddle
- Oliver Moon Series – Sue Mongredien
- Beast Quest Series – Adam Blade
- All books by Roald Dahl
- Pirate Adventures – Russell Punter
- Dragons at Crumbling Castle – Terry Pratchett
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
- The Worst Witch Series – Jill Murphy
- The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Philip Pullman
I am so happy that my eldest son is at the age where he is starting to read some of my favourite books and loves them as much as I do. As well as sharing books my son enjoys, I have included a number he has not yet read and possibly will not want to read, but they grew up with me and are the reason I love reading and writing.
- Dragonology – Douglas Carrel
- All books by David Walliams
- Goosebumps – R L Stine
- Horrible Histories – Terry Deary
- Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling
- Alex Rider Series – Anthony Horowitz
- All books by Louise Rennison
- His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
- Witch Child/Sorceress – Celia Rees
- Gone Series – Michael Grant
Although World Book Day is very much aimed at the younger generation, you are never too old to get lost in a book. So, I thought I would finish by sharing some of my favourite books that I have read as an adult.
- The Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth/Sepulchre/Citadel) – Kate Mosse
- Books by Philippa Gregory – particularly The White Queen, The White Princess and The Lady of the Rivers
- Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
- One Day – David Nichols
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (I read this for the first time at 13, but I have re-read it several times since because it is my all-time favourite!)
Continuing the theme of sharing, if you have a wonderful read that you would like to let me and others know about, it would be lovely if you could write about this in the comments below.
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Thank you for reading and in the words of Dr Seuss, “…find magic wherever you look” this World Book Day!
Mrs P x x x