The best children’s books entertain young people, teach them how to empathise, introduce them to new worlds, and show them the power of the imagination. And there are popular children’s books for every stage of a young person’s life, from Ladybird’s iconic picture books to young adult fiction. Introduce the magical world of stories with children’s picture books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where’s Spot? and the Peppa Pig series. As children become more confident readers, they can enter the worlds of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Roald Dahl’s mischievous novels or try a children’s book series, like Jeff Kinney’s hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Tamzin Merchant’s The Hatmakers. And for older readers seeking adventure, try books by Tom Fletcher, Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman, or head into Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson adventures. Want more reading material? Head to our list of the 100 best children’s books.
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