Reading to your kids is one of the best things you can do to help them grow into thoughtful, intelligent and creative young people, and children’s books are so magical and enthralling that doing so is a pleasure for you as much of the kids, But, that’s only the case if you choose the best of the kid’s’ literature out there.
Some children’s books and authors are far more complex and wonderful than others and if you don’t want to be bored to death at bedtime, you need to be able to distinguish between the best and worst children’s authors out there. To get you started, here are some classic hildren’s authors, who are amazingly creative and magical who you’ll enjoy whether your 4 or 40:
It’s kind of impossible not to love Roald Dahl. Extremely enigmatic, frequentyly funny and often gross, the tales he weaves have something for everyone. If you’re an adult, you’ll appreciate the humor and if you’re a kid you’ll love the fact that the children in his stories usually triumph against the adults and have some exciting adventures along the way.
Daniel Handler, who you may know better as Lemony Snicket is one for those kids (and adults) who love spooky atmospheric tales. His A Series of Unfortunate Events series has recently been turned into an excellent show for Netflix, but you cannot beat the darkly funny books that inspired the show. Addictive, intriguing and extremely atmospheric, the whole family will love reading them on those dark and chilly evenings.
Kate DiCamillo is the winner of not one but two Newbury Medals, which should be enough to tell you that she’s really good at what she does. Not only that, but she writes for children of all ages and most of her stories feature cute animal protagonists that it’s hard not to fall in love with. Full of heart, and with an ability to connect with audiences young and old, her stuff is truly magical and should be treasured.
If your children are aged between 8-13, then they will absolutely love the spine-chilling tales that this author sets out in his Goosebumps series of books. The things that go bump in the night might be creepy, but the stories are a thrilling ride and the children always come out victorious, showing kids that if you face your fears you can overcome them. The 90s TV show based on the books are good fun, and often available on Netflix too.
If you’re looking for books that are as beautiful as they are evocative, filled with wonderful illustrations and just plain good at telling stories about the human condition in ways that young children can understand and adults can appreciate, then you need Maurice Sendak in your life, simple as.
Add any of these authors to your bookshelves and you and your children will have many more magical adventures in those precious minuted before bedtime.