We are always searching around for good books for the Roosterbank Shop. This is the first in a series of top 10′s looking at books every child big and small should read. We hope you enjoy it and feel free to add your own in the comments.
All the books in this list are available in the Roosterbank Shop as paperbacks or e-book format, children can save up for them with pocket money and send them through to their parents to approve and purchase on their behalf.
Our Classic Books Choices:
This timeless tale has never been out of print and remains one of the best loved children’s titles in English literature. Grahame’s wonderful imagination and quiet humour continue to charm children and adults following Toad, Ratty, Mole, Badger and those pesky Weasels.
Reading Age: 6+
First published in 1963 this classic picture book still enthrals children and adults, evoking the fierce intensity of childhood, conveyed by Sendak’s atmospheric illustrations.
Reading Age: 4 – 8
Charlotte’s Web is an award-winning children’s novel by acclaimed American author E. B. White, about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from being slaughtered by an intelligent spider named Charlotte. The book was first published in 1952, with illustrations by Garth Williams. we could say that this is one of the best-loved stories of all time. And a heartwarming portrait of one of the best-loved pigs of all time.
Reading Age: 6 – 12
An extraordinary child with very ordinary and rather unpleasant parents, who are contemptuous of their daughter’s prodigious talents, and her discovery of her telekinetic abilities. This wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl in only the way he can, keeps the plot moving imaginatively also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. Don’t forget to go and see the wonderful musical version too!
Reading Age: 10 +
Think of this heartwarming book as Philosophy 101 for kids. It’s about the gift of giving and the capacity to love, told throughout the life of a boy who grows to manhood, and a tree that selflessly gives him her bounty through the years.
Reading Age: 5 – 8
Written by Dr. Seuss was released in 1990. Although several classic Seuss titles were given as favorites, this new classic favorite was picked frequently. It is a favorite of librarians, teachers, and parents because it conveys a positive message about life and pursuing your dreams.
Reading Age: 4-8 years
Tumbling headlong down a rabbit-hole, Alice enters the magical underground kingdom of Wonderland. These classic stories remain a childhood favourite.
Reading Age: 5 years and up.
Treasure Island has enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous book. With it’s dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic.
Reading Age: 8 years and up
Beautifully written, poetic and almost always alarming, the Borrowers books have something very mysterious, sad and exciting about them. This is the classic story–read and loved by children all over the world–of Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty, who live under the kitchen floor in a quiet, half-empty house and get their livelihood by borrowing from the “human beans
Reading Age: 8 – 12
This novel, written a half-century ago, is the best known of all the books in the Narnia Chronicles, foloowing the adventures of four children as they discover a magical country and get caught up in a battle against the evil White Witch. An exciting and thrilling adventure ensues as they fight to save the land of Narnia from perpetual winter. This is another must-read children’s classic; inspiring and imaginative with enduring appeal.
Reading Age: 9+
What are your favourite ones? Share with us on the comments!