We know how important it is for children to read from an early age. Those children who read more will be more likely to be successful later on in life. And in the short term it will definitely help them with their school work. It’s harder than ever before to get your son or daughter to sit down and read a book though. There is so much in terms of technologies and activities for children to do.
It’s worth doing everything you can to make them read, there’s nothing like a good book to open their mind and expand their imaginations. Here are a few books your child should read between the ages of 6 and 10.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was one of the greatest children’s authors of the 20th century. As well as James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate factory, he also wrote The Witches. It’s a surprisingly layered and interesting book, sure to intrigue any small child reading a Roald Dahl book for the first time.
Children-friendly Religious Texts
One of the best way to teach children about ethics and morality is to introduce them to religion. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean making them believe in God, but those fables and biblical stories are wonderful nonetheless. If you do want to bring your child up religiously though you could use an online bible school and teach them all about the history of religion too.
Mary Poppins by PL Travers
Everyone knows the movie, but not enough people have read Mary Poppins, the book. I would argue that it’s even more wonderful and magical than the excellent film. There is a whole series of them to explore too. PL Travers began writing them in the 1930s and carried on until the end of the 1980s. Mary Shepard provides the illustrations.
Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
This is the first book of the Famous Fave series of books. And for many, it’s the best. It’s a book sure to inspire adventure in your child. When the Famous Five find themselves taking a holiday in the coastal village of Kirrin, it’s not long before they find an old shipwreck. But where is the treasure?
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Rooftoppers is the story of an orphan called Sophie who lives in Paris and plays the cello. She was involved in a shipwreck that killed her parents. Or did it? That’s what everyone keeps telling her anyway.
When your child is ready to take a step up to more complex reading at the age of about 8, this is a great place to start. It’s one the great children’s books of recent times.
Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake was always best known for his instantly recognizable illustrations – he illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s books – but he was an author too. This is a great book for your children to start with when they’re young. Mister Magnolia has only got one boot, can he get his hands on the other one?