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A Book a Day Keeps Reality Away

As a children’s book author, I’m often asked what inspires me to write. The list could be endless, but there’s a definite highlight when I see a child’s imagination take flight. It’s the anticipation in their eyes as they turn the page, eager to see what happens next – if their guesses are correct. Getting lost in a book, especially a children’s book, can be a magical and exciting adventure.

The Power of Picture Books

The best children’s book do more than just tell a story. They leave a long-lasting emotion, leaving the reader eager to discover more books in many different worlds. From animals talking, soaring through space, seeing images that are a reflection of themselves, to made-up characters – there’s always new worlds to explore.

Bringing Worlds Beyond the Ordinary to Life

As a writer, there’s so much to write about but keeping my young audience at the forefront of my thinking is how my stories are shaped. Creating worlds, even those that are realistic, can still be a wonder for the imagination. I want children to be able to relate to the main characters and see themselves as the heroes of their own stories. It’s definitely a challenge, but an exciting one at that, to string words together that not only entertain the reader, but educate with valuable life lessons.

A Daily Escape

So, a book a day keeps reality away – you’ve probably come across this expression before. I thought I’d share this phrase as a daily dose of storytelling provides an internal escape from the mundane. It’s a chance for children (and adults too, of course!) to take a break from the routines of life to embark on a little adventure in the comfort of their own reading space.

The Best Children’s Books

What are the best children’s books? That is the question. What shapes one? Is it the thoughtfully curated manuscript,? The artistry in the illustrations? Or a combination? In my personal opinion, I think it’s bringing both to life.

Some of my favourite children’s books, or classics that have stood the test of time, have many things in common:

  1. Timeless themes: Love, friendship, adventure, and discovery. All of which are universal and enduring.
  2. Relatable characters: Characters that children can see themselves in, who experience the same emotions and challenges they do.
  3. Captivating Illustrations: Artwork that complements the story and adds a visual layer to the narrative, encouraging children to linger on each page.
  4. Engaging narratives: Stories that are both fun to read aloud and captivating to the listener. Some of which has a rhythm or rhyme that enchants the ear.
  5. Interactive elements: Questions, hidden details, or prompts that engage children beyond the text, fostering interactive reading.

The Role of Picture Books in Today’s World

In a world where children are growing up fast, where technology often dictates the pace of life, picture books offer a return to simplicity. They remind us of the power of the imagination and the importance of pausing to take delight in a story.

I wonder what children’s picture book you’ll explore next with your little ones. Remember, within the pages of a book, every day is an adventure waiting to happen. Don’t forget to explore our children’s books as one (or more!) may just peak your interest. We also have a pre-loved books section where you may just find an old title you’ve been searching for.

Happy reading!


Q: What is the number 1 selling children’s book of all time?

A: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (published in 1943) is the best-selling children’s book of all time, selling over 200 million copies. I personally love this story!

Q: How do I choose a good children’s book?

A: The definition of “good” is subjective, however here are a few things to look out for to help find your next great read:

  1. Books that have characters that are easy to relate to. 
  2. Stories that teach kids important life lessons or navigating emotions.
  3. Books that are not too difficult to read with your kids.
  4. Books with bright and captivating illustrations.
  5. Books that are fun to read aloud.

Q: What type of children’s book sells best?

A: It’s no surprise that middle-grade books (for ages 9 to 12) are receiving the highest gains in sales, especially as the range become greater. Popular authors in this series include Dav Pilkey (Dog Man series) and Jeff Kinney (Wimpey Kid)



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