International Children’s Book Day is celebrated worldwide to inspire a love of reading and to honour children’s literature. In recognition of this day, our team here at MediaHQ have compiled a list of our favourite books we enjoyed as children and hope not to be forgotten in years to come. Many have even proved popular enough to become film adaptations
Laura–Media Research Executive
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
This children’s picture book follows Max and his adventures with the “wild things” after his room miraculously transforms landing him in a jungle setting.
“A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness
The images depicted through the book’s writing and illustrations captures a young boy struggling to cope with the reality of his mother’s illness.
Aine–Product Designer/Multimedia Specialist
“The Meanwhile Adventures” by Roddy Doyle
When the inventor Mr Mack ends up in prison his wonder-dog Rover is left with the task to free him and save the world in the meantime. This creative novel is perfect to spark imagination with its many twists, turns and unlikely scenarios.
“The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
The scales of the fish teach us the important lesson of embracing our own individuality as well as the power that kindness and giving can offer yourself and others.
Bryan–Business Analyst & Market Strategist
“Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer
These eight science fiction fantasy novels tell the narrative of teenager Artemis and his adventures with fairies, run-ins with the Russian Mafia as well as further conflicts holding global ramifications.
“Skulduggery Pleasant” by Derek Landy
A series that both critics and readers praise follows the trail of detective, magician and warrior, Skulduggery Pleasant. Suitable for teens it’s thrilling nature will have you gripping the pages digging for the mystery’s resolution.
“The Witches” by Roald Dahl
The popular children’s book is not a fairy-tale, but contains real witches disguised as lovely ladies who secretly despise children. We accompany a young boy and his grandmother as they encounter these detestable creatures while they figure out how to approach the situation in which they find themselves.
“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
This book follows Alice from her tumbling down the rabbit hole to the fantasy world in which she finds herself. The weird and wonderful creatures within are brought to life and undoubtedly spark our imagination. From her encounters with the Cheshire Cat to her friendship with the Mad Hatter, it is difficult to be anything but amazed when introduced to these eccentric characters.
“Mr Men & Little Miss” series by Roger Hargreaves
This series of children’s books introduces a different character and their dominating personality trait leading to each book’s moral. This clever series teaches children the pros and cons of certain traits through brightly coloured illustrations and fun characters.
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Daniel Handler
The dark path Handler weaves for us takes us down the unfortunate road upon which the Baudelaire children find themselves following their parents’ tragic death. The dark humour and mystery portrayed by the narrator Lemony Snicket is cleverly depicted making it a suitable series for older children.
Rachel–Senior PR Executive
“The Warlord Chronicles” series by Bernard Cornwell
With a complimentary mixture of history, battles and magic, Cornwell portrays Arthurian legend as if it is still alive and breathing. With the turning of each page each legendary character is brought to life through the images depicted. Its historical correctness and magic of Merlin bind together to make this a suitable series for older children.
“Matilda” by Roald Dahl
The classic Matilda tells the tale of an exceptionally bright girl who is misunderstood by her nasty family, loathed by her headmistress but her teacher, Miss Honey whose generosity and kind heart, realises the potential Matilda holds. Coupled with Dahl’s clever imagination and distinct descriptions this embodies the perfect combination for a fantastic children’s book.
“The Babysitter Club” by Ann M Martin
Each book in this series is told from the perspective of one girl and her journey through heavy personal issues such as divorce and death. The lessons narrated throughout the series are not easily forgotten as they convey the complexities young girls face between longing for independence however still requiring guidance.
“Enchantment in the Garden” by Shirley Hughes
A lonely girl finds herself in a magic garden befriending a statue that comes to life when the girl announces her love for him. This friendship proves heart-warming but reality soon shows its face. This deep story of companionship holds in it the power to ignite the imagination of children everywhere.
“The BFG” by Roald Dahl
Orphaned Sophie meets the Big Friendly Giant when plucked from her bed and brought to Giant Land. The story tells the tale of the friendship between an 11-year-old girl and an unusually civilized giant who does his utmost to keep her safe from the other giants who feast on children. From collecting dreams to a made-up backwards language this book will not fail to delight and excite.
“Can’t You Sleep Little Bear” by Martin Waddell
This tender story describes the sleepless night spent between Big and Little Bear as Little Bear’s fear of the dark keeps him from sleeping. After many attempts, through kindness, patience and understanding, Big Bear quells his anxious mind by teaching him that darkness is not to be feared.
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