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If you’re reading aloud as a family, or looking for tales for your children to read alone, this list of classics will stir some major nostalgia from your own childhood and give your children some incredible literary journeys to take themselves on! Check these out:

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1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Written by Eric Carle and first published in 1969, this is a classic tale and tells the story of a hungry caterpillar eating his way through various foods until getting a tummy ache and turning into a beautiful butterfly! Aimed at children under 5 – this is a great story that’ll turn bedtime reading into lots of fun.

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2. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

A beautifully illustrated book that follows a small mouse that walks through the woods meeting lots of woodland predators including snakes and owls. To warn them off, the mouse tells them about a scary fictional monster with big teeth – the Gruffalo! A wonderful rhyming tale that your children will want to read over and over.

Susie Day, children's writer

Children's author Susie Day recently granted Sophie's wish to meet her and gave her lots of advice on how to become an author. She also got her author friends to share their top tips, here they are:

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‘I take a lot of inspiration from pictures and images. I'll often cut things out of magazines, or print certain things out and I have a special notebook that I keep them in. They don't necessarily 'mean' anything, it's just the feel to them. I remember one of an old woman's hands, all gnarled and bulging veins, that struck me for some reason, and I kept that and eventually it snuck into a description in Dream of Lights.’ Kerry Drewery, author of A Brighter Fear, A Dream of Lights, and Cell 7

Susie Day, children's writer

Children's writer Susie Day recently met wish child Sophie, on World Book Week she blogs about how why she thinks she has the best job in the world, the emotional benefits of creative writing and her special afternoon tea with Sophie.

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I often tell people I have the best job in the world. I’m not an astronaut, or a brain surgeon, or a wizard - but I could be all three any day of the week. I write books for children and young people. So while it looks like I spend all day sitting in a chair, in my head, and on the page, I can be flying through space or saving a life or conjuring up a Patronus.