National Storytelling Week returns from Saturday 28th January to Saturday 4th Februrary, and what better way to celebrate than by reading to your little ones?

Here are our five picks for the best children’s story books.

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt, will you come too? This picture story book follows a family on the hunt for a bear, but on each page they must overcome wavy and oozing obstacles.

Chant along with the family as they swash and splash through this classic children’s tale.

Price: £5.49, Waterstones

Suitable for: Ages 3-5

The Cat in the Hat

Iconic children’s author Dr Seuss first published The Cat in the Hat back in 1957 and the story has been delighting children ever since.

Set to rhyming verses, the tale centres on Sally and her brother trying to contain a mischievous cat who is destroying their house.

It’s a race against time for the children to clean up the mess before their mother returns home.

Price: £3.57, Wordery

Suitable for: Ages 5-7

 

Fantastic Mr Fox 

Roald Dahl is synonymous with children’s books and his Fantastic Mr Fox is a fantastic place for children to start reading.

The story revolves around the cunning Mr Fox and his journey to keep his young family fed.

Aided by his friend, Badger, Mr Fox has to tunnel underground to snatch livestock from three cruel farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean.

The tale was famously adapted in to a stop-motion feature film starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

Price: £2.99, The Book People

Suitable for: Ages 6-8

 

Gangsta Granny

David Walliams' Gangsta Granny follows the life of Ben, a young boy who hates visiting his boring, cabbage-soup-eating grandma.

But Ben’s life turns upside down when he discovers that his grandma was once an international jewel thief - and now she needs his help to steal the Crown Jewels.

Price: £6.99, Harper Collins

Suitable for: Ages 9-11

 

My Brother is a Superhero

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book prize for 2016, David Soloman’s debut children’s book will hook young readers with its delightful humour.

The story is about Luke, who must overcome near impossible odds to rescue his older brother, Zach, and save the world.

And if that wasn’t tricky enough, he has just 5 days to do it in.

Price: £6.99, WH Smith

Suitable for: Ages 10-12

 

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