I’m always on the look-out for the best fiction books for children who can read independently. There are books that my 8-year old likes to read alone and books that we can read together. And the two are sometimes not the same! With the Spring holidays here and extra time on our hands, I’m keen to find some books that we can enjoy together. Here are three of our pick of the best fiction books for children.

Best fiction books for children: Matilda

best fiction books for children

I am an unwavering Roald Dahl fan, having devoured all his books as a young reader myself and it is a joy to re-visit him with my own children. One of the all-time best fiction books for children has to be Matilda. It is personally one of my all-time favourites.

Matilda is an extremely clever and sweet young girl with awful parents and an even worse teacher at school, called Miss Trunchbull. However Matilda soon discovers that she has magical powers, which allow her to get her own back on the horrible teacher, Miss Trunchbull. This book allows children to dream their own dream of exacting revenge on the people they feel treat them unfairly. They will love the day that the Trunchbull is overcome! This is certainly a book that I didn’t mind reading aloud to my children.

Best fiction books for children: Ivy and Bean

best fiction books for children

We have recently discovered this series of books by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackall. It is a very popular series, with over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide.The success is partly linked to the fact that children and adults love these books and that the illustrations are very appealing. Friendship is always a popular theme for any age and Ivy and Bean doesn’t disappoint. They are two 7 year old girls who initially do not seem destined to be friends. But this cute funny book shows that friends can be found in unusual places. They face challenges that readers of all ages can relate to and laugh along with.

Best fiction books for children: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

best fiction books for children

My 8-year old daughter can’t get enough of these diary-type books by Jeff Kinney. They are based on the life of a boy in middle school (CM1/CM2 level in France) called Greg. Greg is obsessed with friendship and being popular and he just wants to fit in. His diaries chronicle the dramas of junior school and they are easy to read and funny. Again they also appeal to parents and children alike.

What is your choice for some of the best fiction books for children?

Originally posted 2015-04-26 07:00:20.