We’re not sure why, but it seems like – more than any other genre – there are a select few children’s books that are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Ones that we’ve read to our children (or maybe even had read to us as children) that we know they’ll be reading to their own kids in a few decades.

Read when your kids are little…

The Cat in the Hat
Dr Seuss

The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Don’t miss ‘The Gruffalo’ live on stage, when it returns to Australia after sell-out seasons all over the world. Join Mouse on his adventure through the deep, dark wood in the musical adaption of the children’s classic. Catch him at HOTA on Friday March 8 thru to Saturday March 9 – head to www.hota.com.au for all of the deets.

Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle

Ludwig Bemelmans  

The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein

The Rainbow Fish
Marcus Pfister

Possum Magic
Mem Fox

Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney

Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wilson

Read when they’re a little older…

Charlotte’s Web
B. White

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
S. Lewis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Or anything else by Roald Dahl

The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Harry Potter series
K. Rowling

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
Or anything else by Judy Blume

Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson



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