- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ROALD DAHL (Best for ages 7-9)
Book Summary: Willy Wonka has opened his world-famous chocolate factory to five lucky children who find a golden ticket hidden in one of his chocolate bars.
This list of children’s books could be made up entirely of Roald Dahl books, such is the quality of this celebrated children’s author. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory makes it ahead of any other because it ticks the box for every kid’s fantasy – a magical chocolate factory where everything is edible. In the most hilarious of ways, Dahl’s book provides a great reminder to be kind to one another.
- A Bear Called Paddington MICHAEL BOND (Best for ages 7-9)
Book Summary: Paddington Bear has travelled from darkest Peru to London, where he meets a family called the Browns at Paddington Station.
Much like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Winnie-the-Pooh, Paddington books and even toys are a staple of a newborn’s bedroom. This classic British children’s book features eight stories of the marmalade-loving bear, some of which you may recognise from the two films released recently. The stories are quite bite-sized, making this book an excellent introduction to long-form reading and for moving from picture books to novels.
- Matilda ROALD DAHL (Best for ages 9-11)
Book Summary: Matilda is an extraordinary girl, but she’s oppressed by her horrible parents. When she signs up for school, she is top of her class but has to deal with the bully Miss Trunchbull.
Matilda is probably one of Roald Dahl’s most balanced works, mixing horrendous caricatures of the worst parents and teachers with those of hope and delight: Matilda, her teacher and her classmates. Even in its most absurd moments, Matilda still fells incredibly relatable. Miss Trunchbull is the worst teacher you’ve ever had, and Miss Honey by comparison is a guardian angel.
- The Hobbit JRR TOLKIEN (Best for ages 12+)
Book Summary: Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who has a quiet life. That is until Gandalf the wizard comes calling with a band of dwarves in tow, who are looking for help stealing back their treasure.
The World of Middle Earth has one of the most developed in fantasy lore. The journey from the shire to the lonely mountain is wrought with trolls, goblins and enormous spiders as Frodo and company are guided by Gandalf. The Hobbit sets the scene for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it is just as good as a standalone book, as Bilbo faces his fears and trades his comfortable way of life for adventure and gold.
- The Fault in our Stars JOHN GREEN (Best for ages 14+)
Book Summary: Hazel is dying of cancer, but she starts a romance with Augustus. It’s a relationship that will change her outlook on love, despite the pain it will cause.
From the summary, you can tell this book is going to be an emotional read. The author does a compelling job in keeping the characters grounded and realistic, offering insight into a teen’s thought process when they are going to die. It’s a lesson to those reading that it’s better to love and be loved, despite the pain it may cause, and that life will throw a lot at you, so it’s essential to have strong support.
Local Book stores
Berkelouw Book Barn
87 Memorial Drive,
Eumundi, 5442 8366
30 Maple Street,
Maleny, 5435 2134
Duporth Book Exchange
9 Ocean Street, Maroochydore,
Annie’s Books on Peregian
8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach,
Nambour Book Exchange
Corner Currie and Howard streets,
Nambour, 5441 3255