For children nowadays there is so much out there, television programmes, games and mobile phone apps – but nothing beats a good book, and of course getting your child into reading early will help them with their future so much – if your child is just starting to read and needs a little extra help, my word buddy, an app to help children read better, is a great way to start them off well. Once they start to enjoy it, it is an enjoyable past-time they have for life. These are just five of the best children’s books, for various ages:
- Matilda, by Roald Dahl – Roald Dahl wrote many great books, but Matilda is the greatest of them all. A story of a young girl who loves to read, and has a special gift, and her parents who don’t understand her and treat her badly, it is funny and charming in a way that only Roald Dahl can be. Children will be aghast at the formidable Miss Trunchbull, amazed by Matilda and her powers, and will adore the lovely Miss Honey.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Of course this book deserves a mention! The book that invited a generation of children (and adults) to the wonderful world of Hogwarts, these 7 books in total about an orphan boy wizard (if you are one of the few who don’t know the story!) are a must for all children!
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – This wonderful tale of three children and their trip inside a magical wardrobe is a classic that is still as brilliant now as it was when it was first published in 1950. A book that has something for all children, from talking beavers, exciting battles and a foreboding ice queen.
- Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton – Enid Blyton has written so many great children’s books, that it is difficult to name just one – but Amelia Jane, a very naughty doll who lives in a nursery, is full of funny stories and teaches children how they should (or should not!) behave!
- The Owl who was afraid of the dark BY Jill Tomlinson – This very cute book is especially good at bedtime for children who like the owl Plop in the book, are afraid of the dark! It is a story about his worries of the dark, and the characters he meets along the way, that help him to understand the virtues of the dark, and grow to love it!