We love words at Mrs Wordsmith, but we love stories even more. To celebrate World Book Day, we asked the team to recommend the books they believe every child should read.

As you might expect from such a creative bunch, their choices range from epic fantasies, to hilarious picture books that can be read in a single sitting.

First up…

The Firework Maker’s Daughter, Philip Pullman (1995)


Chosen by: Sofia Fenichell, CEO and Founder

“My son loved it. It’s a beautifully written and entertaining quest. I love the Three gifts: Talent, Determination and Luck, and how each gift needs the others in order to manifest.”

The Hobbit, J.R.R.Tolkien (1937)

Chosen by: Sam Roads, Website Manager

“A wonderful adventure through a beautifully realised fantasy world. And if they like it, just try and stop them reading The Lord of the Rings, the grown-up sequel.”

Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie (1990)

Chosen by: Katie Davis, Curriculum Writer

“Haroun and The Sea of Stories is full of incredible fables that push the limits of even the most seasoned dreamer’s imagination. It’s a must-read for any 9 – 11 year old who loves to get lost in magical stories that grip you right from the start to the very end.”

Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson (2001)

Chosen by: Tatiana Barnes, Curriculum Manager

“This is an adventure in the jungle. The story follows Maia – an English orphan – who goes to live with relatives on the River Amazon in Brazil. Things take a mysterious turn and the book soon becomes impossible to put down.”

I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen (2011)

Chosen by: Amy Grilli, School and Teacher Partnerships Lead

“Full of stunning illustrations that demonstrates a character’s problem and solution, in a subtly hilarious way!”

Not Now Bernard, David McKee (1980)

Chosen by: Mark Holland, Curriculum Writer

“Bernard’s parents just won’t listen to him – and things escalate fast when he finds a monster in the back garden. What ensues is at once funny, sad, and surreal, and profoundly memorable for children and adults alike.”

Chronicles of the Ancient Darkness, Michelle Paver (2004-2009)

Chosen by: Eva Payne, Social Media Manager

“Series of 6 books set in the Stone Age. The main character is a boy who is able to speak to wolves, as he was left in a wolf den as a baby by his father. Well written and loads of suspense – my younger boy loved it!”

Coraline, Neil Gaiman (2002)

Chosen by: Graeme Keeton, Copywriter

“Gaiman’s novel about a girl who finds a secret door to a parallel world where things seem too good to be true, is an exciting story of adventure and bravery. As an author for both adults and children, Gaiman’s Coraline is perfectly pitched, and a great transition novel for young people.”

Stig of the Dump, Clive King (1963)

Chosen by: Paul Burford, App Product Lead

“I still remember clearly reading along with my primary school teacher, wonderful book. My kids loved it.”

Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli (1990)

Chosen by: Federico Espinosa, Education Lead

“We read it aloud as a class when I was in the 4th grade (equivalent to Year 5) and going through a story like that with all the discussion around what was happening to the character was a really great way to learn how to think beyond just what was on the page.”

There you have ten of our favourites for this year’s World Book Day. Did you spot your favourite?

Which classics or modern marvels did we miss? Let us know by sharing your favourite children’s books on Facebook.

Interested in helping your children find the words to express themselves? See Mrs Wordsmith’s Social Journey for children aged 3 to 6, and the Narrative Journey for children aged 7 to 11.

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