Choosing the best books for your children to read can be difficult. However, there are a certain selection of books which are such classics that the children need to read them, whether they like them or not.
Of course the Harry Potter series became almost a classic from when it was first written. The books start off as fun with lots of lovely magic and imagination. The series does darken as it goes on and the age that they are suitable tends to rise with each book. The later books are also very thick and so would only appeal to those children that really like reading. However, if you can master this series then you are capable of reading anything really. The books are exciting and do appeal to boys and girls and they do have a great moral line running through them as well as managing to capture the imagination. Of course, there are always the films to fall back on if the books just become too tedious.
The Narnia series have been popular for generations and so are likely to continue to do so. Many people have read or are familiar with ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ but this is not the first book. The very first book focuses around a different set of children visiting Narnia and the later books have different children in as well. However, one good thing about the books is that you do not have to read them in order for them to make sense, although it does help. Which means that if you like certain stories more than others, you can just reread those.
The Hobbit is the precursor to the Lord of the Rings and is far easier and shorter. It is more aimed at children with some fun songs and a happy ending. It does have a fight but it is nothing like as nasty as the one in the other series of books. It is a great book for boys and girls, especially those ith a good imagination.
This is one for the girls. It is a lovely story about a girl who is dumped by her mother to live with her Grandfather while she goes away to work. The grand father is miserable but the girl melts his heart and then learn to love each other. The girl is then sent to live in the house her mother is housekeeping at and she hates living in the town after living on the hillside with her grandfather and running freely in the meadows. It has a lovely ending and shows how a happy child can really help to soften an old man’s heart.
The Famous Five
Enid Blyton is always going to be a classic author. Some of her fairy books do not really appeal to everyone but her Famous Five series is great for boys and girls because it has boys and girls in the story and includes an element of problem solving and excitement. There are a lot of books in the series which means that there is plenty to keep children quiet and they can be read in any order.