Is your child currently attending an English bilingual school, a part-time English language program or receiving lessons from a private English Tutor? Would you like to help reinforce the their learning at home, but you don’t know how? English story books are a fun and easy way to teach English to your children and many of these fantastic English resources are readily available online, but with so many children’s stories to choose from where should you begin?
The children’s book publisher Puffin are currently celebrating their 70th anniversary and to mark the event they have compiled a list of 70 children’s books, said to be the best of all time, and with fantasy classics such as ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ making their lineup, the ‘The Puffin Handbook’, a new guide to children’s books for parents is a great place to start.
The pirate adventure Treasure Island and the tear-jerking classic Watership Down also feature.
The classic counting book The Very Hungry Caterpillar tops the list of best bedtime books.
Eric Carle’s title sells a copy every 30 seconds somewhere in the world, according to Puffin.
The list is divided up into categories including mischief and mayhem, weird and wonderful, and best blood and guts.
‘Phizzwhizzers’ Toddlers’ favourites The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward; the nostalgic Peepo! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg; and Hairy Mclary from Donaldson’s Dairy are among the titles in the section called “best to cuddle-up to”.
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland tops best weird and wonderful
Roald Dahl takes up the entire “phizzwhizzers” category on his own, meanwhile, with his classic tales The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr Fox. Dahl sells more books every year than any other Penguin author in both the adults and children’s categories and his sales rocketed by 35% in 2009.
Modern best-sellers, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kenney and Charlie Higson’s thriller The Enemy, are also included in the list.
The titles feature in The Puffin Handbook, a new guide to children’s books for parents and if you would like to download a free copy of the book CLICK here ‘The Puffin Handbook’
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