They said: It has a multi-layered plot that can pull in any type of reader, big or small. Even the most sceptical of people will find the use of vocabulary in this story fascinating and the power of magic in Alifbay irresistible. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. We said : A beautiful parable that Megan Markle recently name-dropped as a must-read, it shows readers that the gift of giving can be just as magical as receiving. They said: The beautiful lesson of selflessness and forgiveness really affected me as a child, something I try to still carry on with to this day toward others. An incredibly poignant book that sticks with me even now.
But we think she is perfect just the way she is. Sadly, it's not going be a fun-filled celebration as fear lies thick in the surrounding countryside and Will soon realises he's going to have to defeat the evil magic of the Dark. Nation by Terry Pratchett.
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I still have a copy. The best-known is probably 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves', but they're all fantastic stories that have survived this long for a reason. Of course all the stories had wonderful and exciting variety too. When I moved out, she gave me the very same book, and she used to read me from it. The book takes you back in time and lets you be a part of the adventures of the two friends and the overcoming of evil in a seemingly hopeless situation. To me, it feels like being home. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner.
Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We said: Shirley Hughes' charming illustrations have been bringing children's stories to life for generations; Dogger , the simple story of a little lost toy, is a book you'll find on many family's bookshelves, well-thumbed and reread, time and time again. It's like my childhood wonderfully drawn. I even had a toy brown sausage dog which I named after it. My kids love it too. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. It doesn't have actua l magic in it, but it feels like each page is full of it! For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter.
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The best-ever children's books, as chosen by our readers. Books ranked in no particular order. Winnie-The-Pooh A. Milne Buy the book.
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Sonja Charters. Black Beauty Anna Sewell Buy the book. The Diary of Anne Frank Diary by Anne Frank We said: The coming-of-age story of an ordinary teenage girl, in the most extraordinary of circumstances, that captured hearts across the world. Eragon Christopher Paolini Buy the book.
Lewis Buy the book. Stig of the Dump by Clive King We said: Despite being complete opposites — Barney, an introverted eight-year-old boy and Stig, a caveman from who-knows-where — become fast friends. A delight to read at any age. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe Buy the book. Elmer David McKee Buy the book.
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