Must-Read Children’s Books

Some of these children’s books have delighted children for generations, while others are quickly becoming modern classics. If you love reading, here are a few of the books your children should have:

The Eleventh Hour

Written by celebrated Australian author Graeme Base, The Eleventh Hour tells the story of Horace the elephant’s eleventh birthday. This beautifully illustrated book features a cast of exotic animals wearing splendid costumes and playing party games. Other popular books by Base:

The Worst Band in the Universe

Goodnight Moon

This board book by Margaret Wise Brown is a must-have for very young children and babies. The story wishes the moon, the bowl of mush and the old lady whispering hush a good night. It quickly becomes a family favourite and is the perfect way to wish a little one good night.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Written by Judith Viorst, this book has been amusing children for over forty years, and it has recently been made into a feature film. It recounts Alexander’s exasperating day, but it ends with a hopeful message for tomorrow.

Charlotte’s Web

Penned by E.B. White, this beautiful novel tells the story of Wilbur, a young pig, and Charlotte, the brilliant spider who saves him from the spring-time slaughter. Exploring a complex array of issues including love, grief and forgiveness, this book is accessible for young readers and listeners but still compelling for a preteen audience.

The Giving Tree

This short story by Shel Silverstein is about a boy and his tree. As the tree gives the boy limbs to climb, apples to sell, and wood to build a home, the text explores the idea of love and commitment. Readers watch as the relationship between the boy and the tree deepens and changes. This book is a great accompaniment to Silverstein’s books of poems:

Where the Sidewalk Ends
A Light in the Attic
Falling Up
Every Thing On It

The Fantastic Mr Fox

Written by witty and sometimes dark children’s author Roald Dahl, this book tells about the quest of two mean farmers to find Mr Fox. A great cast of animal characters fill these pages, and this book is the perfect way to introduce young readers to Roald Dahl. Older children will love his classics:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Witches