One of my best and oldest friends had a baby girl in February and I have been a complete emotional wreck ever since. It is so exciting to have a new girl in the gang but also exciting for me because I can now start looking for books for her. Which is, as I am sure you know by now, my favourite hobby.

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a childs future success, more than family circumstance, beyond parents educational backgrounds or income. Reading for pleasure has been proven to raise literacy levels which shows the immense power that books have on our education and in turn, path to success. It is so important to value this power of books and enougrage all children to read as much as they can.

Below is a short list of a fantastic assortment of stories that your children are bound to fall in love with and if they don’t, you will.

Little People BIG DREAMS

This is a series of best selling books that explore the extraordinary lives of outstanding people. The series includes stories about scientists to activists, designers to artists, they have achieved incredible things. All of these people have one thing in common, each began life as a child with a dream. These books offer children a message of inspiration, inclusion and the knowledge that anything is possible.

I love every single one of these books but my favourites are David Attenborough and Frida Kahlo.

The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig

If you have not yet heard of the Author Matt Haig, he is a best selling English author and Mental Health Advocate. Last year he wrote his first children’s book The Truth Pixie. This is a hilarious and heartwarming story that addresses the anxiety and worries of children in a unique and innovative way. The story is written in verse and just flows so beautifully off the page. This is a book all our little ones should read.

Gender Swapped by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett

This is basically all the classic fairytales retold with the genders reversed. It includes tales like Handsome and the Beast, Jacqueline and the Beanstalk or Thumbelin. We think this is a really poignant and important children’s book to have. These stories mean that kids can go off to school and head in to the world without gender bias, knowing that regardless of the sex they were born they really can do anything or be anyone they want to be and that is quite a special thing.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

This is one of the most beautiful books we have ever seen, not just for kids but in general. This book can be enjoyed by readers from nine to ninety, it includes life lessons from The Boy and his three unlikely friends. This is a story of hope in uncertain and scary times, it is a book that reminds us of the good in the world and humanity alike. It is simply a work of art, you will not be disappointed.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

This book is unique, powerful, necessary and just great. This presents an alternative history, one which celebrates women and their achievements. It is an inspiring collection of tales from strong women ranging from world leaders to little-known pioneers. This vibrant book will help reshape the future generations of women by giving them some new fairytale endings. What if Cinderella didn’t go on to meet Prince charming but instead decided to be a marine biologist? Nothing is out of reach and GoodNight Stories for Rebel Girls reminds us of this fact.

I really hope that you like the sound of some of these suggestions and they inspire your reading lists this year.

Let me know your favorite children’s books?

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