With Children’s Book Week in full swing we decided to round up the best of literature for little ones. In line with this year’s ‘find your treasure’ theme, here are five titles your child is bound to treasure and learn from well beyond storytime.
Gayle Forman is an expert at creating believable characters. Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, Forman’s three protagonists, tell very different stories but are bound together by grief, each having suffered terrible loss. The three teenagers’ paths collide in New York’s Central Park and the flawed, vulnerable trio develop an unlikely friendship. Told from the perspective of each character, the author demonstrates her willingness to explore the more difficult aspects of life, such as religion, sexuality and mental health. In sharing their stories with each other, Freya, Harun and Nathaniel discover the cathartic nature of friendship.
David Walliams, one half of the duo behind British comedy television series Little Britain brings young readers this laugh-out-loud funny tale of a boy named Ben and his rather unique grandma. Recommended for children aged eight and over, Tony Ross’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to Walliams’ story. Much of the humour is toilet-based, but considering Walliams is the fastest growing children’s author in the UK, it’s obvious the man can tell a good joke.
Featuring illustrations by 60 female artists from around the world, the multi-award-winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is filled with inspirational stories of incredible women throughout history. From Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama, these true tales of remarkable women and their achievements is an empowering non-fiction read at any age. Sunday Times Magazine reviewer Esther Walker puts it best when she reveals that reading the book to her daughter prompted ‘a revolution at bedtime’.
Although a simple concept, Emily Winfield Martin’s New York Times bestseller somehow manages to evoke the intense emotional journey of parenthood. Authored and illustrated by Martin, the book combines rhyming prose and a retro artistic style to create a love letter that captures the overwhelming love and dreams every parent has for their child. You might need a few tissues for this one.
Even the cover of Aaron Blabey’s picture book will bring a smile to your face. Blabey’s hilarious illustrations and clever rhythmic writing style tell the story of a selfish pug called Pig. Pig refuses to share his toys with his housemate, a wiener dog named Trevor. Trevor suggests that Pig would have more fun if he spent more time sharing and less time preventing other dogs from playing with his toys. Pig ignores Trevor’s advice, a decision that will ultimately come back to bite him.