National Storytelling Week is here. And to celebrate, we’ve got the top 10 children’s stories as chosen by parents and presented in the most adorable way EVER. Introducing your new reading inspiration – the books your little one will love (and that you’ll go all nostalgic over). And let us know your must reads.
10. The Borrowers
The other little person in your life will love this story about the resourceful group who live in the floors and walls of a family home, borrowing from them to get by. In the survey of 2,000 mums and dads by Venture Photography (who are also behind these ah-mazing snaps), Mary Norton’s classic scoops the 10th spot with two per cent of the vote.
9. The Wizard of Oz
Prepare for your daughter wanting every pair of red sparkling shoes she sees. The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum was published in 1900 and made into a film starring Judy Garland in 1939.
8. The Frog Prince
This Brothers Grimm fairytale about a Princess, enchantment and well, a frog, has some elements that are quite bleak for children (including said frog being thrown against a wall) but there’s a good lesson about sticking to your word.
7. Alice in Wonderland
If only all trips to the park ended up like this. Well, the encounter with the foul-tempered Queen of Hearts aside, perhaps. In seventh place is this Lewis Carroll classic.
6. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Always leaving us just that little bit disappointed in our own wardrobes, CS Lewis’ story about Peter, Edmond, Susan and Lucy’s adventures in Narnia is a firm favourite – and one your child will adore.
5. Peter Pan
Between Neverland and the impact of a little fairy dust, this is surely one of the most imaginative children’s stories of all time. J M Barrie’s swashbuckling story takes the fifth spot.
4. The Cat in the Hat
First published in 1957, this Dr Seuss tale about the slightly mischievous Cat in his red and white-striped hat and bow tie is the top choice for 10 per cent of parents.
3. The Winnie the Pooh series
Chances are this was one of your childhood favourites, too, which makes introducing it to your baby even more special. A A Milne’s tales of Winnie, Tigger and Eeyore come in third place with 12 per cent.
2. The Harry Potter series
With seven books in the J K Rowling series, we’re not surprised to see this scoop second place with 24 per cent – even though you may have to wait a few years until your baby’s ready for Dementors, dragons and blast-ended skrewts.
1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
In at number one is this classic Roald Dahl tale about what happens when you track down a golden ticket in a chocolate bar. In the survey of 2,000 mums and dads by Venture Photography (who are also behind these ah-mazing snaps), this was the runaway winner with 31 per cent of the vote.
We’ve rounded up the M&B team’s best-loved children’s books. Is your favourite story from your childhood included? Or the one your tot’s currently obsessed with? If not, let us know what it is by emailing the title to email@example.com along with an explanation of why it’s just so special to you or your bub.