Here is a list of some favourite children stories and series I recommend as a good introduction to reading. The books in the list are by no means limited to children, after all, every good tale can be read at any age!
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis.
Narnia has become a timeless classic. I used to read these books every weekend and there’s no reason why children today can’t. The movies have brought them to life for a modern audience, and many of our current fantasy writers enjoyed these novels as children.
2. The Land of Dragor Series “A Gift of Charms.” by Julia Suzuki.
A new classic in the making. The first book, “The gift of charms.” Is already out there. (Read by me as an adult not a child.)It follows the coming of age of a young dragon who deals with bullying and finding himself while enjoying a fantastical adventure. Your children will love this. It’s now out in the U.K and the U.S.A.
3. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
This book and the entire collection of adventures about the O’Keefe and Murry family captured my attention as a child in a way that few others would. Although some of the novels are now a little dated, others are very much still relevant. I highly recommend this.
4. James and the Giant Peach – by Roald Dahl.
Another classic that made into a movie. This is a super story of a little boy that goes on all kinds of wonderful adventures and meets all kinds of wonderful friends within the amazingly giant peach. It sounds bizarre but it is truly brilliant. Roald Dahl at his best.
5. The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.
This story is shorter than the others and aimed perhaps at even younger children. I remember being mesmerized by it as a child. A young owl, born to see in the dark but scared of it, is led by a cat across countless rooftops at night as he learns to conquer his greatest fear so that it becomes his greatest strength.
5 choices. If you’re a parent or teacher looking for something that introduces your child to reading, try one of these. New worlds await!