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  • Kierons top ten kids books

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:42

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    Kieron's the MD, so don't argue. He might fire us all if you don't like his top ten...

    "Choosing a top ten of Children's books is an impossible task, I've two children who both have their favourites, plus memories of my own cherished books from my childhood might not be as relevant for everyone else! That said, I've been asked to draw up a list so I will do so, with a little bit of a rationale for the line up, also I'm limiting myself to the under teens due to too many good books.

    Despite now having worked in books for nearly twenty years I was quite a reluctant reader, never really finding 'the book' to grab my interest and kick off a reading habit. Then it came along it in the form of Shirley Hughes It's too Frightening for Me and I haven't stopped since. When I caught chickenpox I worked my way through Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence which has resonance with many adults still, try mentioning it on a cold winters evening!

    Alan and Janet Ahlberg have, in my opinion given us some of the best children's books of all time - spoilt for choice I've selected The Jolly Postman beautifully written, illustrated and constructed (not to mention near misses such as The Pencil, Peepo, Each Peach Pear Plum, Please Mrs Butler...)

    Colin McNaughton brought us Preston Pig whose adventures with wolf have entertained both my kids and me at the same time - lots to be said for bedtime stories that have a decent narrative! In this list I've put in Suddenly! yet again all his collected works are fantastic.

    Jan Pienkowski is in the list to represent all the wonderful pop-up book artists with Haunted House narrowly beating ABC3D and Encyclopedia Prehistorica.

    Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar has to be in the list, I can stand to read this over and over. I especially like it when the caterpillar eats the salami. David McKee is another children's book hero in my eyes, bringing us Elmer and Mr Benn - however I'm putting Not Now Bernard in this list because it's fun and grumpy at the same time.

    Two more picture books in the line-up are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Rosen and Oxenbury's re-writing of the traditional We're Going on a Bear Hunt - children's books should be read aloud (and then enjoyed beneath the covers) and these exemplify the best in illustration and poetic writing.

    Finally (the end already?! No, again!) read at about 4.30am every Christmas morning Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas which gives me an excuse to mention The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman and Ug.

    And after all that I've still missed out: the Family from One end Street, Dick King-Smith, Roald Dahl (how can that have happened?), Meg and Mog and Charlie and Lola. They crept in at the end? Ah, good.

    Sleep tight."

    Posted by Adam Adam

    Categories: ten, week, summer, festival, top, kids


    1. Debby de Wilde's avatar Debby de Wilde

      The hardest thing to do: Pick a top 10 of favorite kids books! As it would have been my list, The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business would have been in there for sure!

      Posted Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:18
    2. Virginia Berger's avatar Virginia Berger

      I completely agree about "Good Night Moon". It's suprising how many people have not heard of this book with it's gentle text, lovely illustrations, and the tiny mouse which must be found in each coloured page. I know a lot of adults who would put Raymond Briggs' "Father Christmas" on their own list!

      Posted Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:23
    3. Kelli Both's avatar Kelli Both

      Very happy with that Top 10, & even happeir that I accomplished all bar 2 of them as a kid :)

      Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:45
    4. Barbara Terrell's avatar Barbara Terrell

      Thank you for taking the time with this favourite list. This is always a help for grandparents buying books. Australia.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:37
    5. Mrs Robin Elder's avatar Mrs Robin Elder

      Wonderful list of books but you have missed out Lesley Dodds series of books about Hairy McClary from Donaldson's Dairy. All children enjoy the stories and escapades of Hairy McClary and his friends and both parents and children enjoy the beautiful pictures and wonderful alliteration of Hairy McClary from Donaldsons Dairy, Bottomly Potts all covered in spots Mufin McClay all covered in Hay etc.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:04
    6. Margo Sugarman's avatar Margo Sugarman

      Having read to my 3 kids over the past 15, I was surprised to find that I am only familiar with 2 of your 10 (Wild Things and Caterpillar). So I am curious to check out the rest of your list. Wherever you are in the world, you have your favorites, but what really stuck out to me as missing from your list is "Good Night Moon". For me it was a staple pre-sleep book that has lulled millions of kids to sleep around the world.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:39

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