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Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is the perfect introduction to the very best books of childhood: those books that lie behind the making of every reader.

There is little that is more influential than the stories we read in childhood. From their meaning and their language come a welter of emotional experiences- and the words with which to express them- that cannot be easily reached in any other way. On revisiting, many of these turn out to be even better than remembered. It is often the illustrations, absorbed in early childhood, that will rekindle the strongest and warmest memories. Stories and the images that accompany them have a rare capacity for taking even the oldest reader straight back to the essence of their own childhood. Alongside enduring classics, there are also books highlighting the most successful, contemporary illustration and writing.

Join us as we read some of these great books every month.

October 1 2015
Gentle Ben - Walt Morey
The Hodgeheg - Dick King-Smith

October 15 2015
Chocky - John Wyndham

November 1 2015
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

November 15 2015
The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo

December 1 2015
Wolves of Willougby Chase - Joan Aiken

December 15 2015
A Necklace of Raindrops - Joan Aiken
Fungus the Bogeyman - Raymond Briggs

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  • Dec 27, 2009
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