Because there is no such thing as too many books!
Our own bookshelves doth truly overflow, with first books, picture books, chapter books, classics and plenty of series. We fully intend to keep the best ones forever, a timeline of our children's lives, to be treasured and passed down the family line.
This week, we touch on the best series out there, as recommended by other parents. There are more on the app. You will find books by famous authors Phillip Pullman, Roald Dahl, David Walliams, J.K.Rowling and Michael Morpurgo, as well as these below.
Next week, we will share books that motivate and inspire your kids, just in time to order and read before school starts.
A winning first series for babies. Ideal story length, the pictures are large, fun and cute, the touching parts elicit squeals of delight – we remember these fondly and heartily recommend them. "Perfect bedtime routine reads, such a great introduction to books, no young child will dislike them. There are over 50 to choose from, we swap them with friends," writes a mum of 2.
Colourful, bold pictures with fold-out pages depicting the life of Ted the toddler. "Ted is a typical toddler and certainly knows how to play. I love these books, my toddler can relate to him!"
Alex Scheffler (illustrator)
When we talk about hoarding, we think of Julia Donaldson. Our 10-year-old won't give her copies away... guess her little cousins will just have to buy their own. All the stories are 10/10, we think, but a mum of a 2-year-old has picked out The Snail and The Whale. "It is one of the best, if not the best, books we have read and we have read hundreds."
A series we'd happily reread as adults. There was something about those shed meetings and creeping out for midnight adventures... And that Colin certainly had something about him. "Mystery of the Skull" renewed and updated by a new author, the spirit of Enid Blyton lives on. "Retains all the charm of the classic series," writes a parent.
"A beautiful series that you'll want to keep on your bookshelf forever." (More hoarding). "They teach kids to value humorous prose and illustration," tips a mum of 2. A 2013 Costa Children's Book Award winner, the four tales follow Ada Goth, the only child of Lord Goth, at Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Ghostly goings-on guaranteed!
We've seen box sets going for a bomb on Ebay, and online reviews are generally off-the-scale good. Expect cats, clans and lots of catastrophes among them. "Fight for what's yours," reviewed one child. Erin Hunter is in fact a pseudonym for several writers: Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry and Tui Sutherland, and editor Victoria Holmes.
A series of spy novels about a "teen James Bond" character hooked in one parent's kids, who were "were dizzy with excitement" to hear of new releases. We suggest that relaying that a 12th is imminent, Nightshade, which will be the longest book yet – must be done with care!
The first book has sold over 20m+ copies. Wow. Greek mythology fans will love the adventures of the protagonist, Percy, who thinks he has a learning disability. He is kicked out of school, but discovers he is a demigod, the son of Poseidon and a mortal woman. "Mythology characters in a modern world," writes a mum of 3.
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