Failing to drag the kids away from their screens and get them reading? Wondering where to find literary distraction for children? You’ve come to the right place. Here award winning authors and others recommend the best novels and novelists for kids and explain why they have chosen them.
Michael Morpurgo chooses his favourite children’s books and also discusses five of his own books here, author Melvin Burgess chooses his best fiction for children and young adults and bestselling children’s author, Audrey Penn chooses her favourite teen books. Here Zoe Greaves picks the best children’s fiction of 2018.
Cornelia Funke chooses her best fairy tales as contemporary fiction and Cressida Cowell chooses magical stories for kids. Alan Lee chooses his best books drawn from myth and fairy tale. Novelist Philip Reeve looks at science fiction and fantasy.
Elsewhere, a number of award winning authors choose novels for kids on various themes. Robin Stevens chooses the best books on kid detectives, Beverley Naidoo, her best books with the theme of courage and kindness for kids and Kiran Millwood Hargreave her best books on fierce girls in tween fiction. Geraldine McCaughrean discusses five of the books she has written, based on true events.
Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire continue to fascinate children and provide fertile ground for historical novels that resonate with today’s readers. Author and classicist Annelise Gray talks us through some of her favourite books for children set in the ancient Mediterranean world and Roman Britain.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are among the bestselling books ever written, with half a billion copies sold since the first novel in the series was published in 1997. Since then, the fantasy world the books created—where a wand can clean up your room and school is an exciting place where you fight evil with your friends—has taken on a life of its own, with Harry Potter societies created by students at universities across Britain. Here, Katie Savva, of Warwick University’s Harry Potter and Quidditch Society and captain of its quidditch team, talks us through her group’s favourite Harry Potter books and explains how to play the game without a flying broomstick.
Roald Dahl was one of the 20th century’s most popular children’s authors. Here, Tilly Burn, Archive and Collections Assistant at the wonderful Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, UK, chooses her top Roald Dahl books and discusses the secrets of his enduring appeal.
If you haven't read any books by German children's author Cornelia Funke yet, you have a treat in store. The multi-award winning writer of imaginative fiction talks us through her books and explains why fairy tales continue to fascinate her and her readers.
Michael Morpurgo takes us on a journey behind the scenes of five of his own books. He talks about his convictions as a writer and how he weaves fiction out of truths—experiences, accidents, history and memories—and why getting lost is often the best way to make a remarkable discovery.
From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
by E L Konigsburg
Harry Potter: the Complete Series
by J.K. Rowling
The London Eye Mystery
by Siobhan Dowd
The Sinclair Mysteries: A Clockwork Sparrow (Book 1)
by Katherine Woodfine
Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase (Book 1)
by Johnathan Stroud
Do you love to solve a mystery? Do the twists and turns in the plot of a classic whodunit thrill you? Award-winning author Robin Stevens talks us through her favourite kid detectives and the murderously good books from which they come to life.
Fairy tales and stories of courage and survival can help children understand that although there are injustices in the world there are ways in which they can make a difference – however small. The award-winning author Beverley Naidoo recommends five great books in which kindness triumphs over adversity.
Books like Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls popularise the many different ways women and girls can be strong, and as strong as they need to be. Award-winning children’s author, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, talks us through some of her favourite strong female characters in children’s fiction.
From wizards to alchemy and fairies to folklore, Cressida Cowell reveals the magical stories that were most important to her as a child (and which she now delights in sharing with her own children), and her own inspirations for writing about magic and magical worlds today.
Alan Lee, illustrator of such classics as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, talks to Five Books about his favourite stories drawn from myth and fairy tale, what they mean to him, and how important it is for young readers today to experience these ancient stories.