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Ten wonderful classic books you must read

 

Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughty little bunny to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!

 

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

In 1902 Beatrix Potter penned The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This time enduring tale of a very mischievous (and jacket-wearing!) bunny has been adored by generations ever since. Potter went on to become one of the world’s most loved authors writing 23 original stories, featuring a wonderful array of anthropomorphised animals.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

After wreaking havoc at home, Little Max and his fantastic imagination transform his banal room into a treacherous jungle, where only wild things roam. Maurice Sedak's 338-word long tale captivated children all over the world due to its atypical and deliberate use of anger, so much so, it now has its very own silver screen adaptation.  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The story of this ravenous caterpillar as it chomps through a variety of fantastical foodstuffs has entertained families since publication in 1969. The book features collages and hilarious finger holes for curious little minds to engage with, overlaid with a simple, yet hopeful narrative that transformation can be beautiful. 

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Dogger is a warming story that will softly tug on the heartstrings of anyone that has owned a favourite toy. This beautifully illustrated picture book, written by Shirley Hughes, is a perfect bedtime tale. It describes the heartache of Dave losing his favourite stuffed animal, which then turns up for sale at the school fair. Thankfully, there’s a hopeful resolution, which makes this book perfect for children of all ages. 

Where's Spot by Eric Hill

Eric Hill’s Where’s Spot is the original lift-the-flap book. This interactive picture book has amused children for over three decades, as they search for the lovable yet mischievous yellow spotted puppy, illustrated by the author himself. 

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs’ classic story is an unforgettable winter adventure told entirely through images alone. This world renowned book focuses on a young boy who goes on a whimsical adventure with the snowman he builds. The Snowman has since been developed for television and is now a Christmas staple for families across the globe during the festive season. 

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janey and Allan Ahlberg

This beautifully illustrated picture book for young readers comes from the illustrator and author team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg, who have written a myriad of children’s books including Peepo. Each Peach Pear Plum is chock full of charming rhymes, fantastic fairy tales and exciting characters, making it the perfect addition for the nursery shelf.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen is an original fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, dating back to 1844. The timeless story focusses on the struggle between good and evil, alongside the enduring love of two siblings, Kay and Gerda, who set out on a terrifying journey into the Snow Queen’s frozen labyrinth. 

The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A mild-mannered mole, a cultured rat, a wealthy toad and a gruff Badger; together they bring The Wind in The Willows to life, along with an array of other vagabonds in rural England. Kenneth Grahame, the author of the book, was inspired by his own childhood adventures along with banks of the Thames, where he no doubt encountered these animals, and was influenced to pen this charming story. 

Elmer by David Mckee

Elmer the multi-coloured patchwork elephant is a gleeful animal, with a love of practical jokes. Elmer is unlike his friends, and demonstrates that it’s ok to be different. This story from 1989 remains relevant in contemporary times, where it brings a message of diversity to a young audience who fall in love with Elmer's kaleidoscopic appearance.