3 of the Greatest Children’s Books

Reading with your child is a real joy and a chance for the two of you to relax and enjoy time together. Reading books that have a high level of vocabulary, complex plots, or well-developed characters can help to boost their reading and interest in books. While there are many excellent children’s books out there, make sure you have at least one of these three in your home, as they are true classics.

Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne

These books, featuring a cast of animal characters including the famous, lovable bear, have definitely stood the test of time. First published in 1921, the Winnie the Pooh character has since been turned into animations and feature films. The books are charming and focus on the gorgeous natural setting of the Hundred Acre Wood. The character of Christopher Robin is endearing, and a reminder that even when we grow up, we shouldn’t lose sight of the things that were precious to us in childhood.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Another children’s classic that has been turned into a film, this book is an amazing example of the power of imagination. After Max is sent to bed without any supper, his bedroom transforms into a jungle, island environment, where he ends up meeting the Wild Things. Simultaneously funny and poignant, this book appeals to adults and kids in equal measure.

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Better suited to older children, from the ages of 11 upwards, these books are famous for the incredible cast of characters that Pullman creates, and for the complex alternative worlds he imagines. Guaranteed to hook any reader, at whatever age, you could try taking it in turns to read sections aloud with your kid (the books are chunky, so will take some time to get through). As they are written for older children, there are plenty of moments of peril and some sections that are incredibly sad, but there are also many moments of heroism, love, and friendship.