I GREW UP on a mountain in Wales before moving to the seaside. My books (and doll, Jimmy, who's still with me) were my constant companions. Laura Ingalls Wilder and Helen Keller were two of my favourite authors along with Enid Blyton, of course. Here are some timeless classics shared with my own daughter as she grew up:
A clever, playful story about time.
Anyone who has run a trip for children should read this
Great memory game with some hilarious twists.
Simply a classic.
Fabulous story about seemingly unsuitable friends.
Memorable, and ever so slightly subversive.
Heart-warming tale about different viewpoints.
One of a series based around these cute and cuddly characters.
Subtle learning with a spadeful of fun.
Bartholomew holds up a simple and joyous mirror to toddlerhood.
Making learning to read as easy as that.
Percy the Park Keeper's problem-solving never fails to entertain.
A hilarious exploration of feeling comfortable with yourself.
Entertainment for the mouth, ears and eyes.
A brilliant build-up of suspense.
A wonderful story contrasting the worlds of the adult and the child.
A whole world in miniature.
Stunningly simple philosophy for kids.
A great book about overcoming your circumstances.
A gentle story that deals with losing someone close.
So few words, so much tension – genius!
This was our potty-training book. It worked!
Ever had to deal with losing a pet? Learn from the master!