To provide you with some inspiration for reading lists or presents, we asked the Holland Park team which children's books they would recommend. These include some of our childhood favourites as well as books that some of our children are enjoying at the moment.
Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd. Wholesome adventures and wonderfully rhyming names, such as 'Schnitzel von Krumm with the very low tum' will be sure to make this a family favourite.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. The classic story of a stuffed velveteen rabbit and his desire to be real.
The Princess & the White Bear King by Tanya Robyn Batt. Batt brings together the themes of three classic folk tales to create an enchanting tale brought to life by gorgeous illustrations.
Cloudland by John Burningham. By accident Albert ends up in a magical land in the clouds but he soon starts to yearn for home.
Something Else by Kathryn Cave. An enchantingly simple story about fitting in and accepting others' differences.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. Kerr's debut children's story about an extraordinary tea-time guest is still going strong 50 years later. The Mog Series by Judith Kerr is excellent too.
The Usborne Book of Greek Myths. This wonderfully illustrated collection is a good basic introduction to Greek myths.
Anything by Julia Donaldson. After the success of The Gruffalo she has gone on to write many more charming, rhyming stories including Tiddler the Story-Telling Fish and The Rhyming Rabbit.
The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. Parents will enjoy this one too. An engaging and witty tale about the antics of Tuffy the 'killer cat'.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. An inventive retelling of the well known story.
Once Upon an Ordinary School Day by Colin McNaughton. A captivating story of how an ordinary day becomes extraordinary. The illustrations cleverly change from black & white to colour as the boy's imagination is awakened.
Holes by Louis Sachar. A complex and compelling novel that tackles many themes. Age 10+.
The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. A powerful story set in the Holocaust, told from the perspective of nine-year old Bruno who makes friends with a boy on the other side of the fence. Age 10+
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar. A poignant and funny story about a troubled young boy who learns to believe in himself. From the author of the brilliant 'Holes'. Age 9+
Street Child by Berlie Doherty. A very moving tale of an orphan in Victorian London. Age 8+
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. A beautifully illustrated book; a great way to introuce Greek mythology to children.
The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy. The hugely successful series about a young witch's adventures at boarding school that has delighted several generations of children.
The Clarice Bean series by Lauren Child. A funny and honest look at family life with some fantastically quirky illustrations.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. If you enjoy the first of these, you'll be delighted to find another twelve books in the collection, each with equally hilarious and unfortunate events. Age 8+.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri. A classic coming-of age tale, over a century old, about a young girl called Heidi in the Swiss Alps.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. A spider named Charlotte hatches a plan to save the life of a piglet intended for slaughter.
Anything by Roald Dahl. No child's bookcase is complete without something by Roald Dahl. Our favourites include The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, and Matilda. The Revolting Rhymes CD read by Prunella Scales and Timothy West is also wonderful.
Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling. Set in London in 1577, Bowling's debut novel seamlessly weaves history and dark magic together.
Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child. A step up from Nancy Drew, this teen detective series is perfect for the 11-14 age bracket.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The recent TV series will make this appeal to teenagers - although probably one for the older teens.
We by Zemyatin. A good introduction to Russian literature that's humorous and brilliantly written.
Dreadnought by April Daniels. A coming-of-age story complete with superheroes. This is a solid bet for older teenagers and the sequel Sovereign is also good.
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. This is the first volume of a trilogy and is a prequel to Pullman's acclaimed fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials.