Top 10 Children’s Book Recommendations

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A week of magical worlds, talking animals and fantastical beasts, Children’s Book Week begins today! Lasting until the 14th of November, Children’s Book Week encourages children of all ages to dive into a book and celebrate the joys of reading. Through Every Child A Reader, this national literacy initiative has been long-running with thousands of young people participating in the event. If you’d like your own child to join in and discover new worlds, have a look through our top 10 children’s book recommendations below!

1. Matilda by Roald Dahl

To start off our list, this classic children’s book is a must read for those who are ages 7 and above. If your child has not heard of this Roald Dahl classic, this book tells the story of Matilda, an extraordinary girl with extraordinary gifts. What gifts, you might ask? Well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself… Full of strength, courage and a little bit of mischief, Matilda is a book that every child should have on their shelf.

2. I Lost My Cuddle by Iryna Mardle

A Hampshire local, Mardle’s I Lost My Cuddle is adventurous, gripping and does a perfect job of exploring a young child’s imagination. With colourful illustrations and easy-to-read storytelling, this children’s book will surely attract your child’s attention! I Lost My Cuddle is definitely an enjoyable book for the little readers out there.

If you’d like to read more about Iryna Mardle, head over to our 12th issue of the Overton & Oakley CommunityAd Magazine!

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Unlike the previous two books mentioned, A Series of Unfortunate Events contains 12 books altogether that your child can get lost in. This gothic series follows the lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire as they face tragedy upon tragedy whilst trying to escape the clutches of their nemesis, Count Olaf. Best for children ages 10 and above, this series will have your child gripping the edge of their seat and rooting for the young protagonists, all the while teaching them that anything is possible when you work together. Snicket engages with the reader and gets them involved in every chapter, making this series perfect for those with the wildest of imaginations!

4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Another children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web is a heart-warming story of a pig, a spider and a little girl. Fern has already saved Wilbur the pig’s life. But upon learning that he’s not fully in the clear just yet, beautiful spider Charlotte is determined to save him once again. Will they succeed or ultimately fail? Get ready for some humour between this unlikely friendship and the events that follow. Although a poignant read, Charlotte’s Web is remembered by many.

5. Lily the Limpet Gets Lost by Emma Rosen

A Kent local, Rosen’s Lily the Limpet Gets Lost follows Lily’s life in a rock pool. When she gets lost, she tries to find her way back and notices a change when the tide turns. With this change of scenery and people out and about exploring, will she ever find her home again? This is a wonderful tale about life by the sea with beautiful illustrations that young minds will definitely love, so what are you waiting for? Add this to your cart and watch your child’s eyes light up!

If you’d like to know more about Emma Rosen, have a read through here!

6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Full of adventures and revelations, join Harry in spells of witchcraft and wizardry! This classic children’s book is a must-have on every shelf. With every turn of the page, you learn something new about Harry Potter, a no-ordinary boy whose life is changed forever and whose name is known in the magical world… Are you ready for all the perils Harry has to face? Perfect for fans of fantasy, your child can delve deep into the fantastical world of magic and watch every creature come to life! And if they can’t get enough, don’t worry, there’s more to come in this 7-part series!

7. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Another series not to miss out on, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness brings the past back to life in a story surrounded by forests and clans. This series follows the story of Torak, an orphan who must go on a quest to complete a terrible mission. After many twists and turns, Torak befriends a wolf cub and they journey together through danger after danger. Perfect for ages 9 and above, your child will grow fond of this unlikely friendship and can get to know the life of the past, particularly the Stone Age.

8. Beast Quest by Adam Blade

For fans of the adventurous, the Beast Quest novels are perfect reads to get hooked into. Beast Quest follows Tom as he embarks on a journey to stop the Beasts from destroying the land. In the first book, he goes up against Ferno the Fire Dragon in a fearsome battle! With these six thrilling adventures (Series 1), watch your child’s eyes light up in this world of magic and heroes!

9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Another children’s book classic, The Chronicles of Narnia should not be missed by every child reader out there. Get your child invested in the world of Narnia and they meet the golden lion, Aslan, and the chilling White Witch. Follow Edmund, Peter, Susan and Lucy as they stop the White Witch from releasing further wrath and the curse of eternal winter… Full of fantasy and magic, The Chronicles of Narnia will surely have your child gripped with every page!

10. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

To round up our list, we have The Borrowers. Perfect for those who are 6-8 years of age, The Borrowers tell the story of Arrietty, Pod and Homity a tiny family who live within the secret places of houses. This can be behind the fireplace, in between cracks of the floorboards and even behind clocks. Borrowing everything from humans and surviving on scraps, this tiny family is content until a young, human boy sees them… Have your child read the expertly crafted world of The Borrowers for a sense of excitement and mystery! All the while reminding them that people are people, no matter how big or small!


These are the top 10 children’s books we recommend for your child to read. To celebrate this week, encourage your child to read or to participate in Get Caught Reading! If you want to peruse through some books, have a search through our book resources here.

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