My studies in English Literature expanded my knowledge more than my 17 year old self, carefully selecting courses based on my preferred subject matter, could have ever realised. My love of foreign languages and historical events for example became an important foundation for my learning at University. With wider thought processes and a better understanding of the intricate relationship between my favourite subjects, the literary field stretched way beyond the horizon of my previous imaginings. Chaucer became accessible in his original form as did other literature, copies of which I still have today (Piers Plowman, anyone?).
I am certain that my interest in this subject came from an early love of text, in many forms, and from reading widely. I can still recall some of my favourite childhood stories and poems today with vivid clarity, and my recollection includes the illustrations which brought the text to life. So I was determined that one thing that would become part of my children’s routine from the day they arrived home from the hospital was to share books with them. From those early picture books through to Roald Dahl and J. K. Rowling, enjoying them together is the corner stone of a happy evening in our household.
Which brings me to this post. For World Book Day I wanted to share our favourite books by age range. Links to each age category are below. I’ve currently only gone up to age 7 to reflect our young family although I (/we – our boys were very excited to help with this post!) will keep adding to this in years to come as they grow.
I’m certain that there will be some hidden gems that we have forgotten, or stories that we don’t know about yet. I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favourite books, plus, PLEASE, do get in touch to tell me what delights are in store for our children as they get older!
I hope you might discover a new treasure among our favourites, and if you do, enjoy 🙂
Our top picks by age:
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