Which Books?

We have consulted with children, parents, authors and teachers about their favourite stories for young children. These include obvious, well established favourites (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Tiger That Came to Tea) with exciting recently published books (Z is for Moose, It’s a Book). The list of 500 Books will be updated regularly to provide authoritative guidance on ‘must read’ books for young children that they will remember for many years to come. Our guiding principle has been to only include books that we would want to read ourselves or want to read to our own children. This reflects George Bernard Shaws’ maxim to, ‘Make it a rule never to give a child a book you wouldn’t read yourself.’