10 books every kid should read

The Velveteen Rabbit

The heart-rending tale of a boy and his companion toy rabbit who learns what it means to be alive. A favourite of little ones around the world.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

A firm favourite about a rabbit and his feud over carrots with Mr. McGregor.

Where the Wild Things Are

The book tells the story of Max who is sent to his room after causing mischief in his wolf's costume. He dreams up an adventure of epic proportions and becomes King of the Wild Things. But soon grows homesick and returns his bedroom where he finds his hot supper waiting for him. A book that especially little boys are fond of.

The Cat in The Hat

The Dr Seuss book about a cat who brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos to a household of two young kids, one rainy day while their mother leaves them unattended.

Long Walk to Freedom

This is the official picture-book edition of Nelson Mandela's internationally bestselling autobiography. It's a great way to teach kids about the history of South Africa and about Nelson Mandela's life.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne is adopted by a brother and sister in the fictitious town of Avonlea in Canada. She is a different sort of girl with an impossibly large imagination and a mouth that goes a mile a minute. It's a lovely story and quite funny and 11-year-olds will find her a kindred spirit.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The first of JK Rowling's best selling series about the boy wizard. It introduces a world of magic, wonder and imagination. A great book for 12-year-olds.

The Diary of Anne Frank

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe'. All that time, Anne kept a diary. This dairy is the record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak.

Little Women

The story of four sisters. Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there's tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there's Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

The Hobbit
JRR Tolkien's epic adventure Lord of the Rings has it's beginning in the Hobbit. An easier read for teens before they take on the daunting adventure of Frodo and friends.

Take a look at Kalahari.net's 50 Books Every Kid Should Read and tell us what your favourite kids books are.

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