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Which children’s book inspires you most

Posted on May 28 2019

Reading opens us up to new ideas, sparks our imagination and teaches us more about the world we live in.

Encouraging your child to read for pleasure will not only help them learn but it could shape their opinions, encourage them to dream big and motivate them to change society for the better. Hay Festival has launched the #BookstoInspire campaign with TES to create reading lists of inspirational children’s books they believe should be on the shelves of every school and library.

They want people of all ages to tell them about the titles which inspired them, which can be fiction or non-fiction. At the end of the campaign, they will produce two lists of 32 books – to mark Hay Festival’s 32nd year – one for children at primary school and another for secondary schools.

Everyone who submits a nomination will be entered into a prize draw to win the books for a school of their choice.

At The Story Corner, we just love reading so we couldn’t resist coming up with a few suggestions of our own. And we’d love to hear about the books which have made a lasting impact on you and your children.

1. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

It may be 48 years since this book was first printed but this semi-autobiographical tale of a Jewish family fleeing Germany in the 1930s still has plenty of relevant things to teach children about courage, loss, compassion and the dangers of intolerance. At the start of the book, nine-year-old Anna doesn’t take any notice of politics or the posters of Adolf Hitler that start popping up near her home. But as the world around her starts to change, she soon realises her life will never be the same again as she has to leave everything she has ever known behind.

Age recommendation: 9-12

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2. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

A classic which has been a firm favourite ever since it was published in 1906, The Railway Children has an important message about working together and helping others. The three children at the heart of the story move to Yorkshire from London after the unexpected disappearance of their father throws their life into chaos. The railway near their home brings the children some light relief as well as new friendships and eventually answers to their questions.

Age recommendation: 9-12

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3. The Lorax by Dr Seuss

This unusual tale from Dr Seuss is a great way of introducing children to environmental issues and our responsibility to care for the planet we live on. A young boy called Ted lives in an area blighted by pollution and meets a strange old man who tells him the story of The Lorax, a creature who speaks for the trees as they have no voice of their own. The Lorax tries to save the valley he lives in from destruction and while the story highlights the serious consequences of deforestation, it does end on a note of hope for the future.

Age recommendation: 5-9

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4. Splash by Charli Howard

Splash encourages children to follow their dreams even when those around them may try to stop them. Keen swimmer Molly is determined to become a champion and one day compete in the Olympics but she is left reeling when she is forced to choose between her best friend and her passion. The book has strong positive messages about body positivity, accepting yourself for who you are and having the courage to stand up to your peers.

Age recommendation: 9-12

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5. The Boy Who Biked The World: On the Road to Africa by Alastair Humphreys

Inspire your child to explore the world with the story of a boy who feels there must be more to life than school so cycles his way through Europe to the tip of South Africa. Written by real-life adventurer Alastair Humphreys, who spent four years cycling 46,000 miles around the world, this is a children’s adaptation of his trip featuring the fictional character Tom. The book includes illustrations, postcards and diary entries to help young readers learn more about the different places Tom visits on his epic journey.

Age recommendation: 9-12

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Now it’s over to you…

We’d love to hear about the books which have capturedyour children’s imagination or those that played a big part in shaping your own future. Please leave a comment on our blog or let us know about your favourite inspirational books on our Facebook page.






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