Get the Kids Reading

Get the Kids Reading

There is a wonderful charity called Book Trust which encourages children to read. This of course helps with their development and education. I have donated to them in the past as they are a great charity and provide books for libraries and do fabulous work. Check out their website!

They have compiled a list of 100 best books for kids from the last 100yrs. Books that are age appropriate which will help you select books as gifts for kids. If you end up buying any of these titles for your children, then I urge you to take them to your local library when you are finished with them. Libraries need all the help they can get as so many are closing due to lack of funding.


Best Books for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers (Aged 0-5yrs)

‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ By Judith Kerr

‘Where’s Spot?’ By Eric Hill

‘Each Peach. Pear, Plum’ By Allan Ahlberg

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ By Eric Carle

‘The Elephant and the Bad Baby’ By Elfrida Vipont

‘’Dogger’ By Shirley Highes

‘Lost and Found’ By Oliver Jeffers

‘Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears’ By Emily Gravett

‘I will never Eat a Tomato’ By Lauren Child

‘Room on the Broom’ By Julia Donaldson

‘The Snowman’ By Raymond Briggs

‘Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes’ By Mem Fox

‘Dear Zoo’ By Rod Campbell

‘Gorilla’ By Anthony Browne

‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ By Michael Rosen

‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ By Lynley Dodd

‘Not Now, Bernard’ By David McKee

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ By Maurice Sendak

‘The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters’ By Allan Ahlberg

‘I Want My Hat Back’ By Jon Klassen

‘The Cat in the Hat’ By Dr Seuss

‘Meg and Mog’ By Helen Nicholl

‘Would You Rather’ By John Buckingham

‘Princess Smartypants’ By Babette Cole

‘I Want My Potty’ By Tony Ross


Best Books for 6-8yrs

‘Mister Magnolia’ By Quentin Blake

‘The Queen’s Nose’ By Dick Kings-Smith

‘The True Story of Three Little Pigs’ By Jon Scieszka

‘The Sheep Pig’ By Dick King-Smith

‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown’ By Cressida Cowell

‘Clarice Bean, That’s Me’ By Lauren Child

‘Amazing Grace’ By Mary Hoffman

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ By Jeff Kinney

‘The BFG’ By Roald Dahl

‘A Bear called Paddington’ By Michael Bond

‘Asterix The Gaul’ By Renne Goscinny

‘Finn Family Moomintroll’ By Tove Jansson

‘Pippi Longstocking’ By Astrid Lindgren

‘Horrid Henry’ By Francesca Simon

‘Winnie the Pooh’ By A.A. Milne

‘The Story of Babar’ By Jean De Brunhoff

‘Little House in the Big Woods’ By Laura Ingalls Wilder

‘The Enchanted Woods’ By Enid Blyton

‘My Naughty Little Sister’ By Dorothy Edwards

‘Charlotte’s Web’ By E.B. White

‘Flat Stanley’ By Jeff Brown

‘The Worst Witch’ By Jill Murphy

‘The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook’ By Joyce Lankester Brisley

‘The Arrival’ By Shaun Tan


Best Books for 9-11yrs

‘Flour Babies’ By Anne Fine

‘Private Peaceful’ By Sir Michael Morpugo

‘Journey to the River Sea’ By Eva Ibbotsen

‘Millions’ By Frank Cottrell Bruce

‘Matilda’ By Roald Dahl

‘Once’ By Morris Gleitzman

‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ By Jacqueline Wilson

‘Skellig’ By David Almond

‘Artemis Fowl’ By Eoin Colfer

‘Carrie’s War’ By Nina Bawden

‘Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone’ By JK Rowling

‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ By Michelle Magorian

‘The Borrowers’ By Mary Norton

‘The Hobbit’ By JR Tolkein

‘Stig of the Dump’ By Clive King

‘The Adventures of Tintin’ By Herge

‘Swallows and Amazons’ By Arthur Ransome

‘Ballet Shoes’ By Noel Streatfield

‘The Little Prince’ By Antoine de Saint-Exupery

‘The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe’ By CS Lewis

‘The Wolves of Willoughby Chase’ By Joan Aitken

‘The Witches’ By Roald Dahl

‘Truckers’ By Terry Pratchett

‘Holes’ By Louis Sachar

‘A Monster Calls’ By Patrick Ness

My additional choice…………….’Nightbirds on Nantucket’ By Joan Aitken.


Best Books for 12-14yrs

‘How I live now’ By Meg Rostoff

‘Looking for JJ’ By Anne Cassidy

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ By Mark Haddon

‘I Capture the Castle’ By Dodie Smith

‘Mortal Engines’ By Philip Reeves

‘The Northern Lights’ By Philip Pullman

‘Coram Boy’ By Jamila Gavin

‘Noughts and Crosses’ By Malorie Blackman

‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ By Patrick Ness

‘The Graveyard Book’ By Neil Gamin

‘The Hunger Games’ By Suzanne Collins

‘Revolver’ By Marcus Sedgwick

‘Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging’ By Louise Rennison

‘The Kite Rider’ By Geraldine McCaughrean

‘Stormbreaker’ By Anthony Horowitz

‘Junk’ By Melvin Burgess

‘Life: An Exploded Diagram’ By Mal Peet

‘Maggot Moon’ By Sally Gardner

‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ By JRR Tolkein

‘The Owl Service’ By Alan Garner

‘Watership Down’ By Richard Adams

‘Forever’ By Judy Blume

‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ By Philip Pullman