"It's given me and my children hours of pleasure ... it starts conversations about feelings, ideas, dreams and so much more. It's helped me learn about my children, and prompted me to share my own memories of clothes and houses and hidden talents."
Mumsnetters say: "A much-loved book ... The illustrations are beautiful, and the rhyming words were recited for a long time in our house."
The Jolly Postman - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Mumsnetters say: "Funny and educational and contains the almost-dead art of letter writing. I've not met anyone who has failed to fall in love with the book."
Mumsnetters say: "The book I was most excited to read with my son because I loved it so much as a child."
Dogger - Shirley Hughes
Mumsnetters say: "I loved the illustrations, and the way the big sister swaps her new teddy so they can get tatty old Dogger back. I knew that if I'd lost my teddy I'd have done anything to get him back too."
Mumsnetters say: "Funny, charming and simple, yet at the same time detailed and emotionally engaging. Saying goodbye at the end of the last story still reduces me to tears."
Mumsnetters say: "It's moving and almost spiritual in its image of life and yet brings you back down to earth with leaking sneakers!"
Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
Mumsnetters say: "A lovely book with cute lift-the-flap style pictures. The animals in this book are great for practising our baby signs too."
Mumsnetters say: "You can't go wrong with Roald Dahl. I've read his books over and over again, even as an adult - but The BFG was my favourite."
Mumsnetters say: "I loved the excitement of the changing lands at the top of the tree. I read this on my own as a child but I couldn't wait for my sons to reach the self-reading phase, so I read it out loud to them when they were four and six"
Mumsnetters say: "This book sparked my imagination like no other. I know my daughter was equally enthralled when I found a copy for her to read many years later too."
Mumsnetters say: "I remember being caught reading this with my torch under my covers and being told to go to sleep ... problem was I had to know what was going to happen which meant reading to the end then going down to my mum in floods of tears!"
Mumsnetters say: "A trilogy rather than just one book, and definitely geared towards older children, but the His Dark Materials books are ones I returned to again and again. They're just so vivid, I'd get lost in the alternative worlds and as I got older, I saw more of the underlying themes so continued to get something from them."
Mumsnetters say: "I loved this series as a child in the 1970s, and my daughter and lots of her friends loved them just as much when they read them in the 2000s. They're such realistic stories, which makes a nice change nowadays when so many children's books are fantasy and adventure."
Goodnight Mr Tom- Michelle Magorian
Mumsnetters say: "My favourite book from childhood. I really do think every child should read it."
Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
Mumsnetters say: "Rereading Ballet Shoes reminded me how much I love it and how well I know it. The characters are flawed but loveable; none more so than Winifred, whose outburst at the unfairness of life feels very real. The detail of the dresses, using the necklaces for security on a loan and going to County Hall to get their performing licences all felt like a window into another world."
Mumsnetters say: "I loved it 35 years ago and my children love it now."
Mumsnetters say: "I read The Borrowers when I was about 10 and loved it; the whole notion of little people who lived under the floorboards being the reason I could never find a hair clip really appealed to me. I'm now reading it, a chapter a day, to my three-year-old daughter who is growing to love it too."
Mumsnetters say: "The series was a favourite of mine growing up. I read the books over and over. Anne was a quirky, likeable but unconventional character. I can't wait for my daughter to read them."
Mumsnetters say: "A personal account of the historic events preceding the Second World War from the point of view of a young Jewish girl. The book speaks directly to children in a way that inspires empathy and understanding. Anticipate lots of smiles and good humour too."
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