You might as well
read books worth reading
50 Books worth
and that adults can read
with children or other adults
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- Find books you like and look for other books by the same
- If a book is tatty it often means other people have loved
- Don't judge a book by its cover
- The pictures should be ones that you like
to look at more than once.
- Make sure the PRINT IS CLEAR to help children to learn to
- Look around a library.
- Take children on a Bookshop Crawl.
- There is a lot of junk out there, so you can dig like a
miner in a gold-mine for the gold..
- If books are out of print, ask the publisher to put them
Junior Beginners, babies and
- The Cat in the Hat
- My First Word Book.
- The EAR book, by Al
Perkins, Cat-in-the-hat beginner book. Random House
1968.ISBN 0 00 171203 9. Great for letters and
- Gobble Growl Grunt,
by Peter Spier. World Books. Marvellous sounds of
animals and birds to read aloud.
- Bears in the Night
Stan and Jan Berenstein, Collins. 1972. A great
- The Ugly Duckling,
Cinderella, and other favorite
- Dr Seuss books,
including My book about Me, by Me, Myself
- Possum Magic - Mem
Geographics Talk about the pictures
stories. Happy little adventures in daily
life. Joyce Lankester Brisley
- Books with flaps that open
out, such as Who Lives There?
- Beatrix Potter
- Nursery rhymes,
with actions and dances
- Picture books of
nature and science and technology and history are
fascinating for many small children, and give them
Junior Readers and upward
- Asterix and
- Walt Disney comics
especially Scrooge McDuck
- Thomas the Tank Engine
- Pooh stories. A. A.
- What do people do all day?
and The Magic Beach. Alison
- The Magic Faraway Tree. Enid
- Little House on the Prairie
and others in the series.
- Anne of Green Gables series.
L M Montgomery
- Narnia series. C S Lewis,
fantasy that combines good writing with easy reading
- The Treasure Seekers. E
Nesbit. & other books
- Harry Potter. series.J K
- Arabian Nights. Make sure
you like the pictures.
- Black Beauty - Anna
- Legends of Greece and
- Robinson Crusoe Daniel
- Swiss Family Robinson - an
old-time family on a desert island
- Treasure Island Robert Louis
- Stories and legends of all
- The Heroes.
Charles Kingsley. Stories of
Jason, Perseus and Theseus
- The Golden Encyclopedia (one
volume for browsing)
- The Hamlyn Encyclopedia (one
volume, for browsing)
- The Golden Geography
- The Magic Pudding - Norman
- Just-So Stories - Rudyard
- The Jungle Book - Rudyard
- Seven little Australians
Mary Grant Bruce
- Wind in the Willows Kenneth
Grahame, about Mole, Ratty, Toad, Badger, the river and the
- Rosemary Sutcliffe's stories
of Romans, Britons and Vikings
- The Sword in the Stone.
King Arthur as a boy. T
E White. The first book in the series of the Once and Future
- Macdonald, Geroge. The Princess
& the Goblin
- Limericks of Edward
- Charles Lamb's Tales from
Shakespeare - make it easier to follow what is going
on. (also vy's Macbeth in Quotations and other unpublished
little books that also make it easy to follow what is
happening while keeping the marvellous bits.)
- Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
- Oliver Twist. Charles
books are almost always great
value for practical help with writing, spelling, grammar
- Facey, E. A Fortunate
- Mark Twain's book of birds
and beasts, and other collections.
- Diary of a nobody.
- Kidnapped. R L Stevenson
- Oxford Book of Quotations
- to browse
- The king must die.
and other tales of ancient
Greece by Mary Renault
- The Crystal Cave
- Mary Stewart. Story of
- The Once and Future King
T E White. The Arthur series,
beginning with The Sword in the Stone and including The
Ill-Made Knight, about Sir Lancelot.
- Morte D'Arthur
by Sir Thomas Malory - the
extraordinary medieval tales of King Arthur
- Arabian Nights
The full John Burton
translation is available modernised.
- The Red Mansions
A Chinese classic, that has
Modern writers on
science and nature and history -
- Jared Diamond,
- Stephen Jay Gould,
- Oliver Sachs,
- Mary White's paleobotany
books of pre-historic Australia
Poetry to read aloud
that can be remembered in your mind like the daffodils
- Palgrove's Golden
- The Sentimental Bloke.
Verses by C J Dennis
- Modern verse 1900-1940. OUP
1940. (A little blue book)
- Poem for the Day . Apoem for
every day of the year. Nicholas Albery. Chatto & Windus
Books that are
probably out of print and should be
Animals . Jacob Bronowski. The best of its kind
People, by Peter Spier,
1988, copyright held by Pan Macmillan. Former publisher:
Doubleday Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 038524469X
Hardcover: The Worlds Work | August 1980
0-385-13181-XThis classic needs reprinting. It would have
an enthusiastic response from children and adults alike,
the world over. Children of all ages pored over it, and
its wonderful pictures encourage reading and re-reading.
Every page fires the imagination with something
different. In a world riven by ignorance, hatreds and
cruelty, it celebrates the variety of us all, and arouses
curiosity, laughter and delight.
The Australia book. Eve
Pownall. Sydney: John Sands. Undated, but post WW2. An
illustrated book for first talking about the pictures,
and for age 8 upwards to read.
Arthur Mee's Children's
Encyclopedia pre-1968 editions are a bit out of
date and need to be reprinted in their former glory -they
are heritage art treasures that are overlooked. But
pre-1968 editions are still marvellous for the bright
children to browse. Competitions to find something on the
Internet and in the Index can end with Arthur Mee
winning, and items found more quickly. I have been making
a collection of Eminent Worthies who were inspired by
this series, and its comprehensive groupings so that a
child can start with jingles and stories and be finally
reading and thinking about deep philosophy.
Arthur Mee's Children's Bible.
The Bible is an amazing book of stories about all
sorts of people good, bad and mixed and great poetry and
awful shockers, and ideas that everyone of any religion
or none should know about our past, but there is a great
deal of boring stuff. So read it first without that, but
in the poetry of the King James Version or Standard
Revised Version, not first in the humdrum modern prose,
or the expanded versions that other people make up.
Arthur Mee's Children's Treasure
House More to know than you ever thought would be
in one book.
Arhtur Mee - They never came
back, and other books of true adventure
Macdonald Starters and
other early reading books, and marvellous older books for
older readers on technology, nature and science.
The Readers Digest reading
scheme had junior books that were popular,
well-produced and clear print - far better than current
issues of the magazine itself.
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