Top 10 British Children’s Literature Books

 

Some of the most memorable children’s books have come from Britain. British writers such as J.K. Rowling, A.A. Milne, Roald Dahl have given us memorable characters like Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Matilda, Winnie, Alice and many more. They managed to weave a magical world in our mundane lives which is the reason why these characters still manage to bring a smile to our faces with their stories and tales of adventures, no matter how many times we go back to them.

 

Winnie the Pooh: A Tree on Christmas

Everyone has heard about the honey-loving little bear that is Winnie. This book follows Winnie and his misadventures with his best friend and constant companion piglet, along with a plethora of unforgettable characters like Rabbit, Donkey, and Tig.

Read it For:
The book will put a smile on your face. The plot is simple, and there is enough humour to laugh, and not smirk. It teaches good moral values.
Don't Read it For:
It’s a book for really young readers, and won’t sit well with older children.
What makes this book stand out?:
A.A.Milne has an amazing command over language and makes the book very easy for kids to understand.

The Gruffalo

Based on a Chinese folktale, the book follows a cunning mouse as he evades being eaten and troubled by monstrous beasts by pretending to be a friend of the dangerous Gruffalo. But what happens when the mouse comes face to face with the Gruffalo is what forms the climax of the story.

Read it For:
Read it for the memorable character that is Gruffalo
Don't Read it For:
The writing is too dull and slow. The book might be of interest only to young readers
What makes this book stand out?:
The characters and the plot are lovely. One of the best British children's literature books of all time

Peter Pan

The story of the boy who doesn’t want to grow up, ironically, never gets old. This sneaky young boy visits the Darlings’ home every night to listen to Mrs. Darlings’ bedtime stories. During one such occasion, the Darlings’ daughter, Wendy catches him, and they become friends. What happens after Peter takes Wendy to Neverland forms the central plot of the story

Read it For:
The story, along with Peter, never gets old
Don't Read it For:
The initial part of the book is slow, but it picks up at the end.
What makes this book stand out?:
This J.M.Barrie work immortalizes the lovable but stubborn Peter Pan. It’s worth it to get to know him.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie is an average boy with an ordinary life, living with his parents and two sets of grandparents in a rundown house in London, that is, until he finds a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Little does he know that extraordinary events are about to be set afoot.

Read it For:
This book is just wonderfully written in Roald Dahl's signature style. The story is entrapping and leaves you wanting more of both pages and chocolates.
Don't Read it For:
It’s for young readers, teenagers might not be as interested in it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The larger-than-life plotline, the events, the colourful and eccentric character that is Willy Wonka make this story unforgettable. It’s one of the British children's literature best sellers.
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Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

The first of the series of seven books, this one follows the story of orphaned 11-year-old Harry Potter, who, on his 11th birthday discovers that he is a wizard after which his life changes, and that his parents were murdered by the dark lord Voldemort. He arrives at the Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, to find his life dramatically changed and is never going to be the same again.

Read it For:
Everything. This series is a must-read for everyone, not just children.
Don't Read it For:
There is no reason not to read these books
What makes this book stand out?:
Nothing has and nothing will ever match the genius and wonder that is Harry Potter.It’s a modern classic.

A Bear Called Paddington

This story is about a little bear from Peru who makes his home in London after a nice family called the Brown’s take him home from the station and adopt him.

Read it For:
The unusual setting and wonderful characters set this one apart.
Don't Read it For:
It is a very generic story about finding one’s way in the world, nothing too new to offer.
What makes this book stand out?:
It’s a truly dazzling book and a classic. Paddington will have your heart rooting for the bear from the first page, and will keep it with him long after the last.

The Queen’s Knickers

Written by the amazing Nicholas Allan, this book follows a young girl’s musings about how the queen of England might be keeping her knickers.

Read it For:
Its fun, light-hearted book, beautifully showcasing the innocence and idle musings of childhood.
Don't Read it For:
It’s a book for really young children, and it’s slow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fascination and innocence of the little girl make you want to enter her world and, if possible, become a child again.

Alice In Wonderland

While sitting on a riverbank with her sister, Alice notices a rabbit carrying a pocket watch and muttering about being late to a tea party. Naturally, out of curiosity, Alice follows it down a rabbit hole and enters a magical world called ‘Wonderland’. There she meets a range of eccentric characters. Her stay in wonderland is the main storyline.

Read it For:
You will love this book if you love fantasy novels. It’s the ultimate fantasy book for children.
Don't Read it For:
The book may not sit well with readers who don’t enjoy fantasy.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the best British children's literature books ever, this book stands out for its unusual storyline and of course, the lovable Mad-Hatter.

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt

This book follows the adventure of five kids through a jungle as they go on a bear hunt.

Read it For:
Its simple prose combined with an entertaining storyline.
Don't Read it For:
It isn’t for older reader, above the age of 10
What makes this book stand out?:
Its simplicity makes the book children friendly and stands out.

The BFG

The story follows little orphan Sophie and what happened when one night she spots a giant from her orphanage window and decided to follow it.

Read it For:
It’s a signature Roald Dahl adventure book. It’s larger than life, has lovable, amazing characters, and of course, where else will you find a big friendly giant?
Don't Read it For:
The theme of magic somewhat clashes with the ending.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is interesting and keeps the reader engaged throughout. Dahl weaves magic with his words and makes the world of giants feel believable.

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