If you’ve been reading our little space for some time now you may have come across most of the titles on this list, all books are from little T’s collection and are her personal favourites. Some of the books, her Dad or I have read them to T, or do a combined reading, taking turns to read a paragraph. But a couple of them she reads on her own. We have a very long bedtime routine you see, it starts off with her Dad reading her a story, then I read to her too. Then she reads on her own, or if there’s a book from school, she reads that book to me.
Hope you enjoy our list!
1. Goth Girl Books by Chris Riddell
Again, we’ve mentioned Chris Riddel so many times in our little blog, since he is obviously T’s favourite. Last October, we drove all the way to Bath in a day just to meet the Children’s Laureate at the Bath Literary Festival and have him sign her book. He was absolutely lovely. Ever since meeting him, I’m a big fan now too.
If your child is anything like T who let’s just say likes a bit of goth, then they’ll enjoy Goth Girl. The books are about the adventures of Ada Goth, who is roughly around nine years old and lives with her father, Lord Goth who is known to be “bad and dangerous to gnomes”. Sadly, he lost his wife when Ada was really young. The author based Lord Goth on the poet Lord Byron, whose daughter also happened to be called Ada.
As of writing, there are four Goth Girl books written and illustrated by Chris Riddell: Goth Girl and the Ghost of the Mouse, Goth Girl and a Fete Worse than Death, Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright, and Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen. As you can tell, all books are caricatures of well-loved classics. Chris also happens to be a political cartoonist of the Observer.
T loves them all. My husband read all of the Goth Girl books to T. Many times I would hear both giggling away, at times, I’d hear my husband laugh-out-loud followed by an explanation to his daughter why the belly laugh moment.
2. Ottoline Books by Chris Riddell
And then there’s Ottoline Brown who lives with Mr. Munroe (her sort-of guardian), a creature (looks a lot like cousin It from the Adams Family) whom her parents found living in a bog in Norway. Like Goth Girl, the Ottoline Books are about her adventures with Mr. Munroe. As of writing, there are three Ottoline books: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Ottoline goes to School and Ottoline at Sea. These books are very much of T’s age range, so yes, she can read this on her own, although my husband enjoyed this too.
3. Clarice Bean Books by Lauren Child
The well-loved creator-author of the very popular Charlie and Lola series, it won’t come as a surprise to some that Clarice Bean also reads a lot like an older version of Lola. Like Lola, Clarice is very inquisitive and a very individual kind of little girl. There are seven books in this series: Clarice Bean, That’s me. My Uncle is a Hunkie, says Clarice Bean. Clarice Bean, Guess Who’s Babysitting, What Planet are you from, Clarice bean? Utterly me, Clarice Bean, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble and Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now.
4. Harper Books by Cerrie Brunell
Harper lives in the city of clouds with her Aunt. She can play lots of instruments like the cello and the harp to name a few. And her life is as fun and adventurous as Goth Girl and Ottoline. Thse charming books are penned by Cbeebies host Cerrie Brunell and has written three books in this series: Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella, Harper, The Circus of Dreams, Harper and the Sea of Secrets
5. Isadora Moon by Harriet Muncaster
Isadora Moon is little T’s latest find. The heroine is half-vampire half fairy, for my six-year-old, what’s not to like? Of all the books, this is probably the one that’s best suited for her age. When I say that, it means, she can read this on her own without any help from us. She likes to sit up in bed and read her Isadora Moon books on her own.
There’s an Isadora Moon Goes to Ballet, Isadora Moon Has a Birthday, Isadora Moon Goes to School and Isadora Moon Goes Camping.
These books can be bought in any bookstores whether in the highstreet or online.
Have you seen anything on our list your little one would be interested in? Or perhaps would make a lovely Christmas present?