Throughout March there are a number of great reasons to celebrate the art of storytelling especially involving children. March kicks off with World Book Day, followed by International Read To Me Day and then World Storytelling Day, all of which aim to encourage us to read regularly – not only to ourselves, but to our children too – so that they can share and be inspired by stories and develop their love of reading.
Here at Shelfstore, we love our books and so we have therefore chosen 5 of what we think are the best children’s books for families to read together.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This celebrated picture book by Eric Carle is a classic and tells the tale of a ravenous caterpillar, who munches his way through a very large quantity of food, before forming a cocoon and later emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed it has been delighting young readers for years.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit endures as one of Beatrix Potter’s most popular and well-loved stories. It tells of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden. The humorous lively tale and beautiful illustrations by Beatrix herself, have become a natural part of childhood.
A Bear Called Paddington
This hilarious novel by master-storyteller Michael Bond has Paddington Bear as its central character, who arrives at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half empty jar of marmalade and a label that reads, ‘Please look after this bear.’ The Brown family take him in and from that moment on their lives are never quite the same again… for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when there is a bear called Paddington involved!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
‘The ultimate children’s story ever’, according to David Walliams, this book by the famous British author Roald Dahl and brought to life by the illustrator, Quentin Blake, features the adventures of a young boy called Charlie Bucket who wins one of five tickets to the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Join Charlie and the four other golden ticket winners as they embark on an adventure to the most amazing factory ever.
Harry Potter is the central character in a series of fantasy novels written by British author J.K.Rowling. They chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter – and his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – and his struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal. The books explore numerous themes and include many cultural meanings and references, and have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history.
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