We invited a panel of teachers, literacy and reading experts, book reviewers and editors – see right – to choose their top 11 best books for under 11s. From picture books to older fiction, together they make an exciting and varied list of recommended reads for children from three to 11.
I love children’s books that throw the rulebook away. There’s a fabulous twist to this tale that pops up three quarters of the way through that made Charlotte gasp. I can still picture her expression and we still love reading this, even now she’s older and loves chapter book stuff more than picture books.
My daughter Charlotte loves the darker stuff and when I first read this to her, she actually didn’t like it at all as she found it too scary and disturbing. But of course the more we read it, the more she loved it and now it’s a firm favourite. The Bear isn’t really a horrid chap, he’s awesome!