Looking for something to really inspire your little ones at bedtime or something adventurous for them to read alone..? We’ve compiled a list of the most inspiring kids books. Whatever sort of child, we’ve got something that will appeal.
Best Book For Cheeky Monkeys:
Even back in 1963 when this book was published, kids were rebellious and cheeky. In this book, Max is sent to be with no supper after wreaking havoc at dinner time. From there he enters an imaginary world that makes him rethink his behaviour and realise that home isn’t so bad after all!
Best Book for Little Cynics:
“I KNEW IT!” they’ll yell when you read them what really happened with those three little pigs. Uncover the truth behind that classic children’s tale. But beware, you may end up with a conspiracy theorist in the family. Seriously though, these kinds of books are great, because they show a different side to a story and encourages kids to understand that reading a subject from different sources is important.
Best Book For Smart Cookies:
Packed with strong female characters – good and bad – and a female lead who is an extraordinary little girl… what’s not to love? A story of hope and victory over adversity. It’s little wonder that Matilda got its own radio show, audio book, film, musical, since first being published back in 1988.
Best Book For Social Crusaders:
If you want to show your kids that they have a voice, look no further than the Nobel Peace Prize winning Malala Yousafzai. Just a schoolgirl when she stood up to the Taliban and was shot for her efforts. The book demonstrates the gift of access to an education, introduces cultural differences and the difference one girl made to the world.
Best Book for Budding Scientists:
Some of the biggest questions asked by kids (real kids!) have been answered here by experts. At last you can find out if farts are flammable or why zebras have stripes. The book encourages curious minds, to find answers. And if those answers don’t exist yet… you might just have inspired a scientist of the future!
Best Book for History Buffs:
Carrie’s War, Nina Bawden
Written from her own experiences as an evacuee during World War 2, Carrie’s War gives a magical perspective as well as some gritty realism of what it was like for children in the war who had to leave home. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often thought-provoking.
Best Books for Kids Who Need A Laugh:
Try and read this with your kid if you can as it’s legitimately hilarious for grown ups too. The author is noted for his deadpan delivery. But it’s the illustrations that will have you rolling on the floor.
Crayons staging a mutiny? The idea is already funny, but then add some fab illustrations by Oliver Jeffers and you’ve got a sure hit with little ones. They do resolve the conflict in the end, thankfully.
For Fussy Eaters
Want to instill a little sense of adventure into your picky eater? This book from kids favourites Charlie and Lola sees Charlie trick his little sister Lola into eating some of her least favourite foods and finding that she quite likes some! Who knows? It might work!