Katherine Rundell’s little book brilliantly argues the case for this and Fierce Bad Rabbits and The Second Dangerous Book for Boys prove her point. One of our particular favourites is The House Without Windows where the story of the author is as intriguing as the book itself, a fact which may be lost on many children. If you need further recommendations ask any of our (adult) children’s booksellers for their favourite titles.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS, Even Though You are So Old and Wise
As a renowned children’s author, Fellow of All Souls and specialist in the poetry of John Donne, Katherine Rundell is perfectly placed to assess the importance of children’s books for adults. Passionately and engagingly, she argues that when we grow up we should not put away childish stories but continue to read the books that entertained us as children and will also inspire us in adult life.
FIERCE BAD RABBITS: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books
Through her own memories of childhood Clare Pollard tells the strange, magical and sometimes shocking history of picture books; The Story of Ferdinand was banned in Spain and burned in Nazi Germany for the pacifism it portrayed and Dr Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham as his publisher bet him that he couldn’t write a book using only fifty words. Clare Pollard will transform bedtime reading.
THE DOUBLE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS
Conn, Arthur & Cameron Iggulden
For this brand new compendium Conn has enlisted the help of his sons Arthur and Cameron. Greek gods rub shoulders with paper aeroplanes and invaluable advice on picking locks. Crucially for many households, it also gives instructions for meeting the challenge of a Rubik’s cube.
THE HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS
Barbara Newhall Follett and Jackie Morris
First published in 1927, this extraordinary book was written by a child of twelve who, as an adult, walked out of her house one day and was never heard of again. Much like the author, the main character in the story wants to live in the wild and runs away. She lives merrily, guarded by the deer and befriended by a chipmunk, her story both practical and carefree.
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