While we are living in an unusual time that can be stressful for both adults and children, let’s not forget that there is something to occupy our days. Board games, creative workshops, cartoons and colouring, there’s no shortage of hobbies at home and reading is one of them. So why wouldn’t you take advantage of these long days to open a book and immerse yourself in a beautiful story?
Books accompany us throughout our lives. They are our learning companions when we are barely walking, our classmates when we are at school, and our faithful sidekicks as teenagers. A book is an open door to imagination and reflection, a way to escape even when you can’t get out of your home. That’s why Little Guest offers you a selection of the best children’s books around three themes, education, entertainment and, of course, travel because it’s never too early to dream of elsewhere.
By Mélanie Walsh
By proposing 10 simple ideas within everyone’s reach to improve the world around us and do something for the environment, Mélanie Walsh has written a book for very young children to teach them how to do good for the planet.
By Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is finally available in a colourful board book. This generously sized book tells Beatrix Potter’s famous tale of naughty Peter Rabbit’s adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Young children will be enchanted by the simple text and beautiful illustrations, which bring a classic story vibrantly to life. The board book format is sturdy and accessible, perfect for young readers, but adults will enjoy it too for bed-time read-aloud.
By Marjorie Priceman
An apple pie is easy to make…if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This picture book takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients for a delicious apple pie. First, hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don’t forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.
By Piret Raud
When the artist Vincent van Gogh cuts off his ear, the ear is suddenly left alone and headless. What will become of her? Where should she go? What should she do? Acutely aware of how small and insignificant she is in the big, wide world, the ear experiences something of an identity crisis. She simply doesn’t know who she is anymore. But thanks to a downcast frog with a heavy heart who simply needs listening to, she realizes what she can offer to the world: a sympathetic ear. Through helping her friends, she discovers a fresh perspective on life. A nice opening on life and culture.
By Alexandra Penfold
Families of every makeup and background walk to school on this first day of school. Teachers greet them with joy and reverence. This title is perfect to set the tone at the start of school and revisit all year long.
By Margriet Ruurs
Birthdays are pretty important when you’ve only had four or five of them. This collection of global traditions will have children counting down to their own big days and also teach them that not all cultures celebrate birthdays.
By Kate Pankhurst
A lively picture book celebration of lots of really great women. Every primary school library should have this book. Written and illustrated by a direct descendant of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, this colourful picture book is full of facts about 13 inspirational women from history. It showcases some of their great achievements in a fun and accessible way for the younger readers you are raising.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Who hasn’t heard of this great classic? Yes, it is a French book but It has been translated into 361 languages and 140 million copies were sold worldwide. It might be the best-selling book for kids and there is a reason to this, it’s a beautiful story. A pilot forced to land in the Sahara meets a little prince. The wise and enchanting stories the prince tells of his own planet with its three volcanoes and a haughty flower are unforgettable. A strange and wonderful parable for all ages, with superb illustrations by the author.
By Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski
This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet. It’s a brilliant way to travel the world without ever leaving home.
By David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Education is also about food, so why not take advantage of these family moments at home to cook healthy and tasty meals together. Parents of three children, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl will explain throughout the pages of this book how to cook with your children and make them eat vegetables while having fun. Bonus: some of the recipes are specially designed to let the toddlers cook for themselves, which teaches them both good reflexes and independence.
By Roald Dahl
The Witches is a children’s dark fantasy novel that tells the story of a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating societies of witches secretly exist in every country. The witches are all ruled by the extremely vicious and powerful Grand High Witch, who in the story has just arrived in England to organise her worst plot ever. But an elderly former witch hunter and her young grandson find out about the evil plan and now they must do everything to stop it and defeat the witches. A must-read (and read again for parents)!
By Daniel Defoe
Who can claim to know what isolation means better than Robinson Crusoe? In this great classic of children’s literature written in the first person, the plot unfolds on a deserted island where Robinson, having been shipwrecked, must learn to survive on his own. Perfect for escaping, ideal for making his imagination work and exemplary in the rules of life it instils, Robinson Crusoe is the ideal novel for your young children. Don’t be surprised if they start building sheet huts in the middle of your living room after reading it!
This list of books will allow you to offer your child a moment of tenderness, joy, excitement or learning. In any case, it will allow you to occupy your child by combining business with pleasure. Take the opportunity to talk about it with your child because a book is only fully read once it is told to someone else, that’s the beauty of the reading experience.
Relive with him the adventures of the heroes, imagine the continuation of their stories, question him to understand what he remembered, what marked him and what he liked, in short, have as much fun as he did and create wonderful memories from these beautiful stories.
To guide you through this post-reading experience, Little Guest has created a personal reading sheet that you can download and print for free!
To vary the pleasures, and because listening is sometimes easier than reading, don’t hesitate to consult our article on the 10 best podcasts and radios for children.
Have fun reading!
Guillaume, 25 years old, travel lover, from Paris