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Best of British Books

14 Mar 2018

International Children’s Book Day sees us celebrate all the great authors and stories that Children all over the world love, this date was aptly chosen as it’s Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children: his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality. Andersen wrote no less than 3381 fairytales and they have been translated into more than 125 languages, presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity, favourites of children and adults alike.

Some of his most famous stories include: ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘Thumbelina’.

We’re lucky to have many brilliant children’s writers that hail from these shores! If you’ve not read works by these authors, pop along to your nearest bookshop and indulge yourself!...

Roald Dahl 

A British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide and he created some of the best-loved children’s stories of the 20th century, such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘The Witches’, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, ‘The BFG’, ‘The Twits’ and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.

J.K. Rowling 

Best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series about a young wizard. Her books have won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history!

Philip Pullman 

Best know for his award winning best-selling books, including the magical fantasy trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’.

Beatrix Potter 

Having numerous pets and spending holidays in Scotland and the Lake District as a child, she developed a love of landscape, flora, and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. Beatrix Potter is well know for her charming stories of countryside creatures and the often humourous predicaments they find themselves in!

C.S. Lewis 

Best known for his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’, most notably ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. As a boy he fell in love with Beatrix Potter’s animal characters and often wrote his own animal stories.

Lewis Carroll 

His most famous writings are ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, its sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’, which includes the poem ‘Jabberwocky’, and the poem ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ – all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy.

Julia Donaldson 

She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Room on the Broom’ and ‘Stick Man’. ‘The Gruffalo’ was an immediate success, going on to win several awards, including the Smarties Prize (1999). It has subsequently been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold over 10 million copies worldwide

Judith Kerr 

A writer and illustrator, who created both enduring picture books such as the ‘Mog’ series and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and acclaimed novels for older children such as the semi-autobiographical ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’, which gave a child’s-eye view of the Second World War.

On the 2nd of April, why not join in the celebrations and reconnect with some of your favourite childhood books and introduce them to the little ones in your life too!

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