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Mrs Benson Recommends


My love of reading began many years ago; before I could even read myself. I am lucky to have read- and listened to- a wide range of fantastic children’s fiction. My shortlist of my favourite books is extensive but I would like to share four with you.

Hairy MacLary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

I fell in love with the characters in this series of books when I was in Reception class. Hairy MacLary- a Scottish Terrier- and his curiously-named canine friends get up to all sorts of adventures in these fun, rhyming books. My favourite character, as you may have guessed, is the enormous neighbourhood tom cat- Scarface Claw- who keeps all of those dogs in order!


Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

In my opinion, Julia Donaldson’s books are all simply brilliant, however, Tabby McTat tops them all. Whether reading this book to myself or aloud to a class of children, it never fails to touch my heart and make me smile. Tabby McTat, the Busker’s Cat, becomes separated from his best friend, Fred. Tabby McTat searches for Fred and meets some interesting characters along the way. Another rhyming book with some incredible illustrations. A must for every book shelf.


Seriously Silly Stories by Laurence Anholt

This collection of silly stories is absolutely hilarious. Laurence Anholt has twisted traditional tales to create some brilliant new stories to enjoy; from ‘Cinderboy’ to ‘Rumply Crumply Stinky Pin’. My personal favourite is ‘The Emperor’s Underwear’ with its perfect combination of clever humour and twisted plot. Children in Year 3 and 4 adore hearing and reading this story and I love to hear them laughing out loud every time I share this book with them.


The Railway Children by E.Nesbit

I have always loved reading classic children’s literature so it was difficult to choose my favourite. In ‘The Railway Children’, siblings Roberta, Peter and Phyllis move to a small cottage in the countryside and involve themselves in many adventures, including stopping a terrible disaster, while trying to understand the mysterious disappearance of their father. This story, first published in 1906, has been re-written in many different forms and will be enjoyed by children of different ages for many years to come.

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