World Book Day 2021 is just around the corner, so to celebrate we’ve rounded up some all-time favourite and new releases for a handy guide to some of the best children’s books.
Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is a charity celebrated every year in schools and homes across the globe. Kids in the UK receive tokens, with many books slashed to special prices. This year World Book Day falls on 4th March 2021.
It’s no secret that we love a good book, so we feel it’s apt to celebrate World Book Day by sharing some of the the much-loved children’s books, from classics to new releases, which are adored by little readers today.
Here are some of the best Children’s books for World Book Day…
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too; Mary is pale, spoilt and quite contrary, but she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine. A true classic that’s a magical read for adults, too.
Cops and Robbers by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Allan Ahlberg’s best-selling classic picture book, Cops and Robbers, tells the story of the robbers in London town who plan a desperate crime one Christmas Eve – to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave officer Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains – all expect Grandma Swagg who manages to get away. Featuring funny illustrations and simple rhymes, it’s a great book to get kids reading and more importantly, enjoying it.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
A bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams’ spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time. Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Featuring Quentin Blake’s inimitable artwork, The Witches by Roald Dahl is the story of a detestable breed of witches. Beware – real witches dress in ordinary clothes and look like ordinary women, but they are not ordinary. They are always plotting and scheming with murderous, bloodthirsty thoughts – and they hate children. The Grand High Witch hates children most of all and plans to make every single one of them disappear. Only one boy and his grandmother can stop her, but if their plan fails the Grand High Witch will frizzle them like fritters, and then what…? Dahl’s style of writing is as unique as it is wonderful, creating new words and interesting similes that will excite and enthral little minds – a must read for children and adults alike.
Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
The stories of Milly-Molly-Mandy and her friends have charmed generations of children since their first publication in 1925. Perfect for reading aloud, these twenty-one stories will bring back happy memories for parents and grandparents and introduce younger readers to an enduringly popular heroine and her friends little-friend-Susan and Billy Blunt. Gloriously illustrated with the author’s original line drawings and with a foreword by Shirley Hughes, this beautiful hardback edition of Joyce Lankester Brisley’s The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook is a truly special gift to treasure.
Alfie and Annie Rose by Shirley Hughes
This gorgeous storybook is full of snapshots of family life, from breakfast to bedtime and from birthdays to walks in the park. All small children will be able to identify with Alfie and Annie Rose, two hugely appealing pre-schoolers who are constantly tackling new experiences and making new friends.
The Lion King, Parragon Books
Based on Disney’s classic musical, this book adaptation tells the well-known story of Simba, a young cub who earns his place in the Circle of Life. When he is banished from the Pride Lands by his evil uncle, Scar, it seems he will never be able to return. But when old friends find him years later, will the time be right for Simba to fulfil his destiny as the true king? Just as good as the film, this animal tale will always be popular.