Recommendation

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I loved this book as a little girl and listening to my own children reading it has brought back so many wonderful memories. A comforting story to help children face their fears and grow in confidence with the help of others. - HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Children's book. Plop the Baby Barn Owl is afraid of the dark. He is so scared he won't even go hunting with his family. So Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole, where he will meet a series of friends who will convince him that perhaps there is a little bit of magic in the dark after all. A reassuring and comforting story for all young readers who are afraid of the dark.

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Stig Of The Dump

By Clive King

As a child I loved spending time outdoors, making dens, digging, discovering and making things out of odds and ends. Whether this was why my father recommended this book to me or whether this book inspired my imagination, I can’t remember, but I have never forgotten this brilliant book and the values it teaches. - HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Children's book. Barney is a solitary boy. One day, as he's lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit, he falls into a cave, where he meets an odd-looking fellow named Stig, who has shaggy hair, wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts. Despite nobody believing that Barney's friend is real, the two embark on a series of adventures, learning about each other's ways.

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Charlotte’s Web

By E. B. White

An all-time classic and loved in our house for obvious reasons! This is a charming story about friendship, loyalty and love. - HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Children's book. This poignant story of a pig, a spider and a little girl is a charming and humorous treat for younger readers. Wilbut the pig has been saved once by Fern, but this time, as he is sold to her uncle, he is in more danger than ever! Until Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider, decides to save him from his dreadful fate with an ingenious plan...

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Katie Morag Series

By Mairi Hedderwick

Fun stories for children of all ages and a great book for older children to read to younger siblings. These books are filled with captivating and beautiful illustrations to accompany the text so there’s lots to talk about! - HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Children's book. Katie Morag McColl is a beloved children's character. The series follows the adventures of the fiery-haired Katie Morag McColl on the island of Struay, where she lives in a rural community, exploring the beaches, moors and coves, and visiting Grannie Island and Granma Mainland.

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Feelings

By Libby Walden

This little book is a wonderful way to help children understand and recognise their feelings and emotions, and brings to life the importance of empathy. - HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Children's book. Libby Walden's book is an enchanting journey into our inner life. Accompanied by brilliant illustrations, the lyrical text explores the world of emotions to help children understand and navigate the universal and unique nature of feelings.