Friday Five for Kids

This week we bring you the pick of the best children’s books in our catalogue, from classics to contemporary…

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

One of the best-selling books ever published, The Little Prince tells the tale of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara and befriends a young boy, whom he names ‘the little prince’. The books is loved as much for Saint-Exupery’s simple watercolour illustrations as its story. Children around the world love The Little Prince for its flights of imagination and poignant life lessons. 

The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child

Reimagining Hans Christian Anderson’s much-loved story, Lauren Child’s The Princess and the Pea has become an instant hit with kids. The tale of a prince in search of a real princess to love, Child’s new interpretation explores the story through illustrations, artwork and photography, offering children a visual feast along with a timeless tale.  

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit is the heart-warming tale of a toy rabbit who wants nothing more than to become real by winning the love of his owner. This simple story speaks to young children with well-worn toys of their own and makes great bedtime reading.

Pinocchio by Michael Morpurgo

Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, the puppet who longs to be a boy, and whose nose grows every time he tells a lie. In this new version, Micheal Morpugo, writer of the hugely successful War Horse, delves deeper into this famous tale, re-telling it from Pinocchio’s own point of view. Funny, cheeky, and with gorgeous illustrations throughout, Pinocchio will set any child’s imagination alight.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Telling the story of a boy’s journey to the South Pole to return a lost penguin, Lost and Found is as poignant as it is enjoyable. A picture book with a simple but profound storyline, Lost and Found looks set to become a children’s classic.