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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.

August 1 2017
Lassie Come-Home - Eric Knight (233)

August 15 2017
Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse (227)

September 1 2017
The Bobbsey Twins - Laura Lee Hope

September 15 2017
Charlotte Sometimes - Penelope Farmer (167)

October 1 2017
Millions - Frank Cottrell Boyce (250)

October 15 2017
The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy (107)
Bill’s New Frock - Anne Fine (95)

November 1 2017
The Railway Children - E. Nesbit (240)

November 15 2017
The Red Pony - John Steinbeck (90)

December 1 2017
Blinky Bill - Dorothy Wall (356)

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  • Dec 27, 2009
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