Books Kids Should Read Before They Turn 12!

Books have great lessons to be learned by both children and adults alike so pick these titles up on your next visit to the bookstore

By The Weekly | April 20, 2017

Reading isn’t just a way for kids to improve their grasp of the language, it also serves as a time for bonding – especially if you’re reading to them at bed time. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites here!

This story first appeared in The Weekly’s April 2017 issue.

Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis

With a total of seven books, the kids are going to be pretty intrigued as they follow the story of four ordinary children who stumble upon the magical land of Narnia where lions talk!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down

Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney

Here is a story about Greg and his middle-school problems and woes. But why we love this book is that it’s interactive and a do-it-yourself-book which encourages kids to keep a journal of their own. Brilliant!


Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans

The book encourages little girls to be courageous like Madeline. Plus your little ones will learn how to rhyme too!

Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter

If you’ve got a mischievous child on your hands, perhaps he or she would heed some advice from Peter. In an attempt to escape from his mother when he rebels against her, Peter gets lost!

Roald Dahl and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Even if your kids have already watched the Tim Burton musical fantasy film version – nothing beats reading the original book. It’s a great way to teach kids the values of family, kindness and love.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Our favourite part in the book has to be when the Little Prince visits the fifth planet in which every day only lasts for a minute. It’s never too early to teach the kids to appreciate every moment in life!

winnie the pooh

Winnie The Pooh, A.A Milne

What’s not to love about the loyal and loving Pooh? The book is filled with conversations and observations between Pooh and his friends that even leaves you smiling.

wizard of oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum

This much loved children’s novel tells the story of Dorothy and her dog Toto who get swept away from Kansas to the magical land of Oz by a cyclone. The 1939 movie featuring Judy Garland sealed this novel’s classic cult status.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web, EB White

The book tells the story of Charlotte and Wilbur’s unwavering friendship that lives on even when Charlotte dies and Wilbur takes on the role of looking after her kids. Just the kind of tale to let kids know on what makes a good friend!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The Harry Potter series, JK Rowling

A best selling series of books since it hit shelves in 1997, the Harry Potter book series is a definite must-have. Let your kid’s imagination run free as they’re guided by author, J.K Rowling’s ability to describe every magical moment of Hogwarts school in vivid detail!

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