A guide to our favourite kids’ books for all ages

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  • Teaching your kids how to read is said to be, for many parents, one of the most rewarding things you can do. Studies have shown that the more children read, the better readers and writers they become and the best books for kids can help things along nicely!

    It’s never too late or early to get going and one of the easiest ways of starting is to begin with something you loved as a kid.

    So what’s your favourite childhood book? In our poll on goodtoknow, the overwhelming winner with 31% of the vote was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, followed by The Magic Faraway Tree and then The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

    If you’re after some ideas of what books to get your little ones reading, then check out our guide to some of the best-loved and most popular titles and some similar books, so you can explore further if one proves popular.

    From tots to teens, we’ve got it covered. Explore each category in more detail by clicking on the pictures below.

    Best books for toddlers

    Getting them off to a good start can be key to fostering a child’s love of reading. This guide is perfect for early years learners from about 2-5 years old. With beautiful illustrations, large lettering and easy-to-remember rhyming language this collection is sure to get even the most reluctant reader engaged. You’ll love re-reading some of the classics from your childhood while discovering fun new books with your little one, too.

    Best books for kids

    Once children can read on their own they’ll love motoring through a good book, so long as they find something that piques their interest. From high-paced thriller-type novels to hard-to-put-down picture books we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of books little ones should read during their precious childhood years.

    Best books for teenagers

    Thanks to technology it can be tricky to get teens reading, but we’ve found if they can be persuaded to start then they’ll be hooked. This round up is aimed at teens of about 13 years old and up. We’ve included titles that deal with some sensitive issue too, as early teen years can be difficult to navigate and these provide some solace in knowing that lots of the things they’re feeling other people experience, too.