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Ready for Life : A Rainy Day at the Library

The library is a great place to spend an hour between the stacked shelves in search of riveting reads that will keep your child entertained until the sun makes an appearance. Here are a few of our favourite family books (by age) to read together:


  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins
  • The very hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The story of Peppa Pig by Mark Baker


  • Oddly by Joyce Dunbar
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  • Giraffes can't Dance by Giles Andreae
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Little Engine that could by Watty Piper
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

6 - 8 YEARS

  • The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  • A bear called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
  • The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

9 - 11 YEARS

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Russell
  • The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
  • The adventures of Tin Tin by Herge
  • Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  • Truckers by Terry Pratchett
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


  • Beyond the Stars by Sarah Webb
  • The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
  • The Princess Diaries by Seventh Heaven
  • Goosebumps – R.L. Stine
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by jeff Kinney

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