April 2, 2020

Happy International Children's Book Day 2020!

International Children's book day

Hello, everyone! Today, April 2nd, we celebrate the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and the International Children's Books Day. For this reason, I thought that it would be a great idea to compile a list of some of my favourite children's books.

Children's books have a great variety. Moreover, they are totally different depending on the age of the child. Thus, my list will be a pick for each age group I could think of. Apart from my final pick, I will also refer to several other books that are ideal for that age group. Enjoy!

Age 0-5

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Where the wild things are

Books for children in this age group are normally picture books with a simple story. For me, Where the Wild Things Are shines. Other books suitable for toddlers are Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight Moon.

Age 6-8

Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White

Charlotte's web

These books begin to have more text, even though the illustrations are still present. Other books that I would recommend for this are group include Pippi LongstockingA Bear Called PaddingtonDiary of a Wimpy KidThe BFG, and Winnie-the-Pooh.

Age 9-11

The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

The competition in the books for this age group is fierce. I didn't know which one to choose. However, I went with the book that I grew up with, which of course is The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Other options include MatildaArtemis Fowl (the 1st book), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneThe Little PrinceThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Wrinkle in Time, The Jungle Book, and Peter Pan.

Age 12-14

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass

This is a great age group with many interesting choices. All of  the series of books mentioned in the previous age group can be continued as the child grows, as the books tend to be more mature as well. For this reason, I haven't included any second books. My first choice in this category would be once again Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I've placed The Hobbit in the previous age group, so I'm going to go with another trilogy that I really love, which is His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. Other choices for this age group are The Graveyard Book, The Princess Diaries, The Hunger Games, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and I Capture the Castle.

This was my list! Which is your favourite children's book?

I'll leave you with a quote from Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen quote
Read the whole story: The Butterfly (1861)


  1. Oh my, I missed International Children's Book Day! :( Will have to remember it next year. Great post and fabulous choices (was nodding/agreeing while reading your post).

    1. I think that every reader has the fondest memories from the books that he read during his childhood. These books are some of mine, and I'm happy that they were yours too :)

  2. These are all some great classics! I loved Where the Wild Things Are. I took a children’s literature class this year and it was so good to revisit some old favourites.

    1. That must have been an interesting lesson :)

  3. Excellent choices! Somehow I missed this day. Bad teacher Bea!

    1. With the quarantine it's so easy to miss the days, as they are all the same!


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