Children’s books offer a diverse range of literature, so it is sometimes extremely difficult to choose a particular book. You’re not sure if it will be too adult or too kiddy or a genre they will enjoy, or even if it’s just too silly. It is a dilemma I constantly face when buying new children’s books, myself. Here are some of the books that my children enjoyed.
Children’s Books3 Ages 0 – 5
It is never too early to start reading to your children. Children of this age respond best to repetitive noises and rhythmic language. They are also starting to develop visually, so picture books or pop-up books can help them develop.
Top suggestions are:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
As picture books go this is a classic hopeful story that all children enjoy with bright and fantastic pictures. The holes in the pages also provide a tactile sensation for the very young that keeps them engaged.
Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak
This fantastic and imaginative illustrated book conveys the inspiring message of unconditional love. It is a children’s book I find myself still picking up and reading as an adult.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr.Seuss
A book with vivid illustrations and simple melodic word patterns that young children will enjoy listening to.
Children’s Book Ages 6 – 8
During this age range you should encourage your children to move away from the simple sentences and illustrations to a more complex narrative.
Top suggestions are:
The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
A little old fashioned an times but nothing gets a young mind thinking and analyzing like a mystery story. This series of novels were my all-time favourite as a child as I tried to solve the mystery with the gang.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
A wonderful and pleasurable read about a friendly giant who takes a girl to the land of giants. All Roald Dahl’s books are fun and entertaining and will teach children the rewards of reading.
Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne
No book collection is complete without Milne’s now iconic tale. This book is as pleasurable to read aloud to a child as it is to read alone. The adventures of Pooh and his friends will charm children of all ages.
Children’s Books4 ages 9 – 12
This is the ideal age to introduce your children to some of the more complex issues and areas in life. At this age, they are able to process these topics mentally and emotionally whilst building schemes and understanding about complex topics.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is an extraordinarily layered book that deals beautifully with the difficulties of cancer. This book allows you to examine and deal with any loss that you’ve experienced.
Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
This book follows the schemes of a criminal mastermind as he plots to steal all the gold in fairy-land. It offers a unique perspective because it is told from the eyes of villain. It’s an enjoyable and memorable read that will expand horizons.
The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
This is an ideal time to start the Harry Potter Series. With each new book, the characters age and so do the complexities of their lives. This series of books grows with your child.