The Best Stories to Read to Your Children
It’s been a long day, work has been hectic, your feet are aching, and you still have a pile of ironing the size of Mount Everest to conquer. Your daughter is waiting patiently waiting for a goodnight kiss and a bedtime story, so you wearily climb the stairs.
You are well aware that your little girl is growing up fast, and despite your tiredness you revel in these moments. You sit on her bed and glance up at the Beatrix Potter figurines lining the shelf, they always make you smile. They remind you of your own childhood – when you would make up your own stories about mischievous Peter Rabbit and his playful friends. In fact, you used to re-enact the stories with your very own Beatrix Potter figurines (check out the range at beatrixpottergiftsbyenesco.co.uk), the very figurines that are now sitting up on the shelf in your daughter’s bedroom.
There are certain stories that just seem to be able to stand to the test of time, they can be handed down from generation to generation, providing the same joy and entertainment. Timeless characters never age and you fondly recall your own mother reading the same traditional tales to you, the tales that you now share with your own daughter. There are also some wonderful new authors out there who have brought with them fantastic characters and books that are classics in the making.
After much deliberation and careful consideration here are some of the best stories to read to your children:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
Join naughty Peter Rabbit as he ventures into Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden, what sort of mischief will he get up to today? The first (and arguably best of Potter’s books, this one has classic written all over it), a must-read.
The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark – Jill Tomlinson
Meet Plop, a young barn owl who is just a little bit afraid of the dark. Plop embarks on a journey of discovery and meets new friends as he sets out to find out all he can about the night. Will he conquer his fears?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
The book that spawned a whole new era of magic and shouts of Wingardium Leviosa across the land. We hide out with Harry in the cupboard under the stairs and scowl at the spiteful Malfoy. We bite our nails as Hermione battles a troll and Ron plays the best game of Wizards Chess ever seen at Hogwarts. An enchanting read.
The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” Who could argue with the cat in the stripy black and white hat? A wonderful book that brings together silliness and adventure.
The Borrowers – Mary Norton
When you can’t find your house keys or the button from your jacket has fallen off do you put it down to forgetfulness or bad luck? Imagine instead that there’s a family of inches-tall people living below your house and they are “borrowing” useful items from you. Meet “The Borrowers” and find out how they survive life as tiny people in a gigantic world.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Arguably one of the most entertaining authors of all time, Dahl gave us a tale we won’t forget. We join our hero, the unassuming Charlie Bucket and his excitable grandpa Joe as they win a coveted Golden Ticket and head to meet the crazy Mr Wonka at his wonderous Chocolate Factory. We meet some awful children and a group of small, strange orange men before shooting through the roof in a glass elevator. Amazing storytelling – hard to beat!
Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
The new Dahl on the block, Walliams conjures up a story that’s both laugh out loud funny and endearingly sad. Ben is bored, bored of his ballroom dancing parents and bored of eating cabbage soup at his Grandma’s house. That’s until he uncovers a huge secret and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, along with his beloved Gran. One to fire the imagination of bored kids everywhere!
Life’s Too Short to Iron – Read A Book Instead
There are so many fabulous books you can share with your child, what are you waiting for? Ironing mountain will still be there tomorrow, but your kid will be a day older and soon they will be far too busy with their own life to read with you!