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Books my children should read

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Provencalroseparadox Sat 02-Aug-14 06:56:21

I want to collect a list of classic kids books that I can encourage mine to read. So far I'm thinking:

Harry Potter
Phillip Pulman - His Dark Materials and Sally Lockhart
Garth Nix - Abhorsen
Swallows & Amazon
Stig of the Dump
Alan Garner's books
Berverly Nichols trilogy
The Secret Garden
Tom's Midnight Garden
Mrs Frisby & the Rats of Nimh
Wind in the Willows
Peter Pan
Lewis Carroll
The Hobbit and LOTR

Any suggestions to add?

callamia Sat 02-Aug-14 08:31:29

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield, and The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. I read both of these countless times.

I also love Michael Morpurgo's books, no matter how emotionally manipulative they are.

Older children should read Adrian Mole - although I wonder how dated it will feel for them.

Provencalroseparadox Sat 02-Aug-14 09:26:13

Oh yes The Silver Sword - loved that. Never read Ballet Shoes.

Just thought of I Capture the Castle and 101 Dalmatians from Dodie Smith too.

callipygian00 Sat 02-Aug-14 21:12:58

Goodnight Mr Tom, The Little Prince, Treasure Island, Lemony Snicket. But I wouldn't worry too much about getting them to read the classics - one or two, definitely, but make sure they read modern stuff too or you run the risk of them getting bored of reading.

callamia Sat 02-Aug-14 23:11:26

Goodnight Mr Tom - provide tissues and hugs. I cried in class when we read that at school. The TV production breaks me every time.

InkleWinkle Sat 02-Aug-14 23:14:10

Little Women? Little house on the Prairie?

My DD1 is really into David Walliams' books.

kate1516 Sat 02-Aug-14 23:15:32

I capture the castle is good. I really liked Willard Price books when I was in primary school. Think they are quite un pc now as all about trapping animals but made me want to travel and love nature.

Meglet Sat 02-Aug-14 23:16:08

The Phantom Toolbooth.

JBrd Sat 02-Aug-14 23:17:06

Anything by Astrid Lindgren and Michael Ende!

kate1516 Sat 02-Aug-14 23:17:13

Railway Children? Anne of Green Gables?

Cataline Sat 02-Aug-14 23:20:53

The Mister Monday set by Garth Nix is awesome. Neil Gaiman books are great too. CS Lewis- Narnia set too.

CSLewis Sat 02-Aug-14 23:28:51

Emil and the Detectives
Charlotte Sometimes
Daddy Long Legs
Green Dolphin Country, plus anything else by Elizabeth Goudge

Provencalroseparadox Mon 04-Aug-14 06:18:58

These are great. Some I've read and enjoyed, some new to me.

Are the David Walliams books good?

emmaMBC Mon 04-Aug-14 15:15:37

David Walliams' books are great, think of Roald Dahl-esq humour & engrossing narrative. Fans of Walliams are also drawn to the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon.

JaneGarveykeepsmesane Mon 04-Aug-14 18:33:53

Ann Fine, Flour Babies
Judy Blume, Superfudge
The Water Babies
The Worst Witch
Jacqueline Wilson, The Story of Tracy Beaker
Magic At Midnight - can't remember who wrote it?!
The Animals of Farthing Wood - again, can't remember
The Enchanted Wood, Faraway tree etc by Enid Blyton
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Alice in Wonderland - weird though
Roald Dahl's early autobiography BOY

Just a few of my favourites x

JaneGarveykeepsmesane Mon 04-Aug-14 19:24:01

Just remembered, Magic at Midnight is by Phyllis Arkle and I think has been out of print a while. You can get on Amazon x

gamescompendium Mon 04-Aug-14 22:20:22

Carrie's War, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Machine Gunners, The Hobbit, The Children of Green Knowe, Mary Poppins, The Snow Queen, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Pigman, Pollyanna.

Provencalroseparadox Tue 05-Aug-14 06:03:03

How could I forget Judy Blume!

MyGastIsFlabbered Tue 05-Aug-14 07:20:16

Gobolino the Witch's Cat

JaneGarveykeepsmesane Tue 05-Aug-14 14:04:14

I second "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" - brilliant

Also, my favourite Judy Blume was "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret?"

The Atticus Claw books are pretty good - about a car detective, quite new.


BlueChampagne Tue 05-Aug-14 14:20:39

To add to the excellent suggestions already made:

Charlotte's Web
The Dark is Rising series
The Children of Green Knowe series
The Little White Horse
What Katie Did
Winnie the Pooh
Orlando the Marmalade Cat
Black Beauty

KidLitMum Tue 05-Aug-14 23:09:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JaneGarveykeepsmesane Wed 06-Aug-14 07:00:56

Atticus Claw about a cat detective not a car detective obvs

Iloveredvelvetcake Wed 06-Aug-14 07:13:12

Noughts and crosses or anything by Children Laureate Malorie Blackman. She's great!

DeWee Wed 06-Aug-14 20:17:09

For some a bit older and harder to get:

White Riders (Monica Edwards) or Wish for a Pony or any others.
Any of the Lone Pine series (Malcolm Saville)
Black riders (Violet Needham)
Autumn term (Antonia Forest)
No boats on Bannermere/Cue for treason (Geoffrey Trease)
Swallows and Amazons and all the others (Arthur Ransome)
The School at the ChaletChaket School and Jo (Elinor Brent Dyer)
Smokey House (and anything else by Elizabeth Goudge)
Some of the Three Investigator stories

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