My 6 year old can read well but prefers that I read to him. The challenge is finding the best fiction books that he, I (and his older sister) can enjoy together and that are interesting (and easy) enough for him to want to re-read by himself.

Best Fiction Books: A Bear Called Paddington

best fiction books: paddington bear

By Michael Bond 
Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

No British native can escape this famous brown bear from the darkest Peru, who was adopted by the Brown family when found on Paddington Station in London. Kids just love the cheeky, eccentric nature of this lovable bear who always has a marmalade sandwich under his hat.

The style of this book is straight-forward and « very British ». Each chapter is a stand-alone story, which is perfect for younger readers. First published in 1958, this is a true British classic.

Best Fiction Books: Clarice Bean, That’s Me

best fiction books: clarice bean

By Lauren Child and part of the Clarice Bean series. Publisher: Orchard Books

Clarice Bean was created by the same person who invented Charlie and Lola and the illustrations are very similar. However Clarice is a rather different heroine to Lola and will appeal more to the slightly older reader. In the Bean household, Clarice – an engaging and original heroine – has difficulty finding any peace and quiet. With these distinctive illustrations, this funny book will also appeal to parents.

Best Fiction Books: Winnie-the-Pooh

best fiction books: winnie the pooh

By A A Milne, Illustrated by E H Shepherd. Publisher: Egmont Books

No child’s library could be complete without an A A Milne story in the collection.  A A Milne was the creator of the much-loved Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Children and adults are delighted by the adventures of Pooh and company, which are always fun to read aloud. Christopher Robin is a true British six-year old hero.

Best Fiction Books: Horrid Henry

best fiction books: horrid henry

By Francesca Simon, Illustrated by Tony Ross. Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

My children seem to be addicted to Horrid Henry stories at the moment and I couldn’t think why until I remembered that my own childhood had also been fun-filled with stories of naughty heroes such as Just William and Denis the Menace!

This is the first in the hugely popular Horrid Henry series and introduces us to Henry and his brother, « Perfect Peter ». It is divided into stories, which are better adapted to a confident reader.

Which are the best fiction books in your child’s library?  

Originally posted 2015-05-15 07:00:58.