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Saturday 29 November 2014

Top 10 Children's Books

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You don’t need a degree in child psychology to appreciate just how important reading is for children.

 

In fact, we reckon two less likely academics probably sum it up best…

 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go,” says Dr Seuss in ‘I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!’

 

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book,” says Groucho Marx. Need we say more…

 

Below you will find, in no particular order, our top 10 children’s reads, favourites you’ll recognise and others that are set to be classics of the future. Prices were correct at time of publishing.

 

1. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy (Hairy Maclary and Friends)

 

Hairy Maclary goes for a walk in town, followed by doggish friends of all shapes and sizes. One by one they join Hairy Maclary until they meet SCARFACE CLAW, the toughest Tom in town. The brilliant cumulative rhyme and terrific pictures make this one of the most popular picture books today.

Price at time of publication £4.49.

 

 

2. I Want My Potty! (Little Princess)

"Nappies are yuuech!" said the little princess. “There must be something better!”At first the little princess thinks the royal potty is even worse than nappies but she soon learns to love it – if it isn't always there just when she needs it!

Price at time of publication £4.99.

 

 

3. Not Now, Bernard

Bernard's parents are so busy doing their own thing, that the monster can eat Bernard's dinner, break his toys, and even eat Bernard, without being noticed.

Price at time of publication £5.03.

 

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4. Cinderella: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Find out what happens when Cinderella meets a handsome prince at the ball. Part of the Ladybird 'First Favourite Tales' series - a perfect introduction to fairy tales for preschoolers - it contains amusing pictures and lots of funny rhythm and rhyme to delight young children.

Price at time of publication £3.74.

 

 

5. Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Based on the traditional fairy tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk', this vibrantly illustrated story is sure to become a favourite in every home. Jack's mother is very angry when he swaps their only cow for some magic beans. But before Jack knows it, he is off on a big adventure!

Price at time of publication £3.74.

 

6. Carrie’s War

It is the Second World War and Carrie and Nick are evacuated from London to a small town in Wales, where they are placed with strict Mr Evans and his timid mouse of a sister. Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid's Bottom with Hepzibah Green who tells wonderful stories. Carrie and Nick are happy to visit Albert there, until one day when Carrie does a terrible thing - the worst thing she ever did in her life...

Price at time of publication £4.49.

 

7. Artemis Fowl

Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just 12-years-old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise.

Price at time of publication £4.57.

 

8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

This is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is 15 and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Price at time of publication £5.83.

 

 

9. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to 'Out-With'? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won't explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it - he will have to explore this place alone.

Price at time of publication £5.03.

 

 

10. The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life. His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard, Gandalf, and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure. Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves. Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

Price at time of publication £13.40.

 

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