Inspire A Love Of Reading…

Here at Nest we believe reading is always in! However, nowadays there are so many other activities competing for children’s time, that motivating them to read has now become one of those agony-ecstasy tasks for most parents. Research has shown that children who enjoy reading and spend more time reading for pleasure have better reading and writing skills, a broader vocabulary, and an increased general knowledge and understanding of other cultures. It is important to promote a good reading habit from an early age. If you can get your child into a story reading routine from a young age, then they will be more likely to continue reading as adults. When bedtime comes, what better way for your little ones to unwind and relax from their daily pressures (even children have to deal with daily stresses) than to read or be read a fantastic story that takes them into a safe and enchanted world and settles them down for a great night’s sleep?

This week we have had several interesting discussions in the office regarding our favourite books that we believe every child should read. Of course, we’d love to hear if you agree, disagree or have your (and your child’s) own suggestions on which books you love to read – please let us know in the comments!

In no particular order:

51umoocI8ML._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Who wouldn’t (adults and children) want to read a book crammed with mad fantasy, childhood justice and revenge, and as much chocolate as you can eat. A true modern classic by the late great author of many fantastical stories. Roald Dahl is a true star of children’s literature.



download (2)The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss

When in doubt, turn to the story of the anthropomorphic cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure. Perhaps the most famous cat in history and arguably one of the most recognised characters in all of children’s literature. What would you do if your mother asked you?



61B6S5oLSmL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Horrible Histories – Terry Deary

20 Brilliant Blood Curdling books just perfect for introducing historic events and facts to young children. Yes, they actually make learning history fun! Titles include: Savage Stone Age, Awesome Egyptians, Groovy Greeks, Rotten Romans, Cut-Throat Celts, Smashing Saxons, Vicious Vikings, Stormin Normans , Angry Aztecs, Incredible Incas, Measly Middle Age, Terrible Tudors, Slimy Stuarts, Gorgeous Georgians, Vile Victorians, Villinous Victorians, Barmy British Empire, Frighteul First World War, Woeful Second World War and                                           Bilitzed Brits.


download (3)The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr

Fancy a lovely supper with sausages and chips and ice cream? What’s the best way to entertain an unexpected house guest, even when that guest just so happens to be a tiger with a very large appetite. This classic and whimsical picture book from beloved children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr is a great read for younger ones.



download (4)Horrid Henry – Francesca Simon

Kids love being mischievous, and Horrid Henry is no exception! This collection of books might give your kids a few ideas on how to misbehave, but they certainly won’t put them down until they’ve been read from cover to cover.



9780241003008The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

Apparently, this has sold 1 copy per minute since it was first published – quite an accolade! A picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favourite teaches counting and the days of the week, too.



download (5)Harry Potter – JK Rowling

We don’t think these books need any further explanation! Apparently the 7 books when made into (8) films have grossed over $8.5 billion… wow!




download (6)The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

The (not so) scary Gruffalo meets his match with the big bad mouse. We haven’t met a 6 year old yet who doesn’t love this story!




download (7)War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

Perhaps the most well know book written by Michael Morpurgo – if your children haven’t started reading any of his books, then this is a great place to start. It will leave them wanting to read more – which is good, as there are plenty more to choose from!



518NBp5ugDL._SX383_BO1,204,203,200_Funnybones – Janet and Allen Ahlberg

On a dark dark hill there was a dark dark town. In the dark dark town there was a dark dark street.. OK, we won’t spoil it for you, but younger kids absolutely love spookiness and skeletons – this has it in abundance.



516bDdzgQdL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

An engaging book, full of wonder for every age. Charlotte’s Web is the story of Wilbur the pig,  who is destined to be butchered until a unique friend comes along to save him. A tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.



61CtlTtBQcL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak

This classic is more fun than you’ve ever had in a wolf suit, and it manages to reaffirm the notion that there’s no place like home.



You have our list, so forget the gym for now, re-reading a favourite childhood book with your child might just prove to be the best antidote to Winter blues.

Happy reading and re-reading!