Favourite children's stories

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Reading is vital for your child's development


World Literacy Day encourages us all to take a break and get lost in a book!  A new school year is the best time to get young people interested in reading, and one of the best ways to do that is to read with them.

Why not read them a chapter of their favourite book each night or swap half an hour of television for half an hour of shared reading. Just 10 minutes a day of sharing stories with children can have a hugely positive impact on their development now and in the future!  So visit your local library and take advantage of this fantastic free resource.  Not only do libraries have a great selection of books, but they also have wonderful librarians who can advise you about new books to try.

You can borrow books from the shelves or reserve them on Arena our library catalogue. You can also download  e-books and audiobooks through the Virtual Library using Libby and BorrowBox.  You just need a Library card and a PIN to access all these wonderful resources.

Favourite Picture Books

picture books

The Very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle -The life cycle of a caterpillar.

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen – a fun rhyming story to involve the listeners in the action.

The Cat in the hat by Dr. Seuss – written in rhyme to help beginning readers.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - Peter goes scrumping and nearly gets captured.

The Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr – Tiger eats all the food in the house.

Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak – Max is in charge in a new land but it not as much fun as he thought.

Dogger by Shirley Hughes – Dogger is Dave’s best toy. He's lost so everybody searches for him.

Elmer by David McKee - Elmer the patchwork elephant like to play tricks on the other elephants.

All time favourite stories

classic novels

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett – Mary discovers a secret garden and looks after it and helps her cousin to get better.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome –about two rival families who have adventures while boating in the Lake District.

The Lion the witch and the wardrobe by C S Lewis – transported to Narnia the children must overcome the power of the evil queen with a special helper.

The Railway children by E Nesbit – Children’s adventures based around the local railway line.

Peter Pan by J M Barrie - The Darling children go to Neverland with Peter Pan and meet Indians, mermaids, lost boys, pirates and Captain Hook.

Northern lights (a trilogy) by Philip Pullman – Lyra begins a long adventure to find her father.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton – Borrowers are small people who live beneath the floorboards and borrow from human beans.

Alice in wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Alice falls down a rabbit hole into a most strange land.

Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce -Tom discovers a ghostly garden behind the house which appears at nighttime.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – Bilbo Baggins' adventure to help the dwarves reclaim their home and their treasures.