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Classic and excellent reads

Winnie the Pooh stories by A A Milne (suitable for ages 7+)
No child’s library could be complete without A A Milne’s stories about Pooh

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (suitable for ages 1+)
The bright and bold paperback makes it the ideal bedtime book for toddlers, with its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes, children can play and read along.

We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosin and Helen Oxenbury (suitable for ages 2+)
A great book for parents to read aloud, with lots of fun obstacles to overcome. There is also a jigsaw version of this book available.

Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr (from about 2 years)
Mog first got into trouble for her forgetfulness fifty years ago, and she has been loved ever since for her funny and warm-hearted escapades.

Hoot by Jane Hissey (sharing with over 3s)
After an exciting night-time adventure, Hoot has a special surprise for Little Bear and his friends.

Percy The Park Keeper Series by Nick Butterworth (sharing with over 3s)
Percy the park keeper loves to spend time with his animal friends, even though his work in the park keeps him very busy. The animals often need Percy’s help, and he is always there to lend a hand.

The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allen Ahlberg (sharing with 4 years and upwards)
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters is an interactive children’s picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl (suitable from about 6 years)
Fantastic Mr Fox is the legendary tale of the most cunning fox in the world by Roald Dahl.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (suitable from about 6 years)
Hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem with Jill Murphy’s much-loved classic The Worst Witch- the original story of life at a magical boarding school.

Charlotte’s Web by E B White (suitable from about 6 years)
A story that lasts a lifetime. Wilbur the pig’s life has already been saved by Fern, but when he is sold to her uncle he realises his life is in even more danger.

Narnia Stories (suitable for ages 8+)
Talking beasts, heroic deeds and epic battles between good and evil await you in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been enchanting readers for over sixty years.

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith (suitable for ages 7+)
The Sheep-pig is one of Dick King-Smith’s most famous tales. It shot to further fame when the film adaptation, Babe, was released in 1995.

The Roman Mysteries Series by Caroline Lawrence (suitable for ages 7+)
Flavia Gemina is a ‘girl-detective’ in first century Rome, in this series for children. She solves mysteries with an assortment of friends from a wide range of Roman life.

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (suitable for ages 6 to 8)
A magical story of the Enchanted Wood and all those who live in the Faraway Tree.

Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame (suitable for ages 8+)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is a children’s story that lives in the hearts and minds of its readers well into adulthood. A classic tale of river life and friendship

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (suitable for ages 8+)
Black Beauty is born in a beautiful meadow and cared for by gentle humans. But life takes him far from home..

Anne of Green Gables Series by L M Montgomery (suitable for ages 8+)
Discover the adventure of Anne of Green Gables. Full friendship, family, catastrophes, and romance..

The Borrowers by Mary Norton (suitable for ages 8+)
This beautifully-written story will enchant young readers, who will love the idea of the Borrower’s hidden ‘wainscot world’. Exciting, mysterious and with a hint of sadness, it has a deserving reputation as a classic of twentieth century children’s literature.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (suitable for ages 8+)
The unforgettable story of Bilbo Baggins and how his life in his cosy Hobbit Hole changes.

Alice in Wonderland Stories (suitable for ages 9+)
Down the rabbit hole away little Alice goes. Follow her at your own peril but beware of the world you are about to enter.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield (suitable for ages 9+)
Noel was born in Sussex in 1895 and was one of three sisters. Although she was considered the plain one she ended up leading the most glamorous and exciting life.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (suitable for ages 9+)
Superbly written and a very moving tale of a young lad alone during wartime.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (suitable for ages 9+)
Superbly written and a very moving tale of a young lad alone during wartime.

Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (suitable for ages 10+)
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective, arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (suitable for ages 9 to 11)
A wonderful summer of adventure, friendship and discovery.

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo (suitable for ages 10+)
An exciting adventure from Britain s best-loved children s author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

The Sword in the Stone by T H White (from about 10 years)
The extraordinary story of a boy called Wart – ignored by everyone except his tutor, Merlyn.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (suitable for ages 10+)
Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by World War Two, Jan and his three homeless friends cling to the silver sword as a symbol of hope.

The Railway Children by E Nesbit (suitable for ages 10+)
When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (suitable for ages 9 to 11)
A wonderful summer of adventure, friendship and discovery.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (suitable for ages 8+)
A much-loved story made even better in written format!

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss (suitable for all ages 9+)
Love it or loathe it, this ultimate classic is a magically illustrated, fun-loving story.

Holes by Louis Sachar (suitable for ages 12+)
A powerful narrative that is also a witty and compelling novel.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (first book of His Dark Materials trilogy, suitable for ages 11+)
First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, this first book in the series won the UK’s top awards for children’s literature.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (suitable for ages 12+)
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss (suitable for all ages)
Love it or loathe it, this ultimate classic is a magically illustrated, fun-loving story.

Holes by Louis Sachar (suitable for ages 12+)
A powerful narrative that is also a witty and compelling novel.


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