Classics your kids can still enjoy

Reading is such an important skill to have but also it’s also fun. But with the bombardment of TV, movies, computers and video games it’s easy to see how children would rather take the easy route instead of letting their imaginations work a little.

Here’s how to build your child’s library from a young age and instil a love for reading.

But he’s just a baby

Even a one year old can appreciate books. Start off with pop up classic Spot the Dog or even Peter Rabbit. And don’t forget everyone’s favourite bear, Winnie the Pooh.

As they get older you can get less chewable versions of the above and introduce good old Paddington Bear. Enid Blyton will whisk them away on The Magic Faraway Tree with Silky, Moonface and the Saucepan Man.

For the girls

As a young girl I read and re-read Heidi numerous times and still have my copy. Little Women and Little Men by Louisa M. Alcott is another classic that girls might like as well as the fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland.

For the boys

Older boys will love the Secret Seven and Famous Five, also by Miss Blyton. Getting into adventures and saving the day will appeal to the boys. The Hardy Boys detective skills will also be sure to hold their attention.

And let’s not forget Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will have their imaginations running wild with his over the top candy factory and the misadventures of greedy kids. Who wouldn’t want that river of chocolate!

What were your favourite books as a child? Is reading lost on today’s youth?