On World Book Day – we share our most inspirational childhood reads!


Today World Book Day is celebrating 20 years! Most of us will remember when World Book Day started, and of course, we will all remember our most inspirational and favourite childhood books.

Literacy in education is extremely important, not only does it help inspire the creativity of pupils and learners but is often at the core of a pupil’s future learning & development. At a time when an estimated total of 458 out of 533 Parliamentary constituencies have at least one ward with serious literacy issues (research by the National Literacy Trust), we know it is important now more than ever to inspire the next generation of readers.

Here’s the top five most inspirational children’s books, how many have you read?

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

This series has shaped the childhood of many young teachers and is one of justteachers’ most popular reads! The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S Lewis

First published over 60 years ago (1950) it has certainly stood up to the test of time! It’s the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia and inspired generations of writers across the world to write!

Charlotte’s Web – E.B White

Written in a dry, low-key manner, Charlotte’s Web is considered a classic of children’s literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. The description of the experience ‘swinging on a rope swing’ at the farm in the book is an often cited example of rhythm in writing, as the pace of the sentences reflects the motion of the swing. In 2000, Publishers Weekly listed the book as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time!

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach is a popular children’s novel written in 1961 by British author Roald Dahl. The original first edition published by Alfred Knopf featured illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. The plot focussed around a character called James – a lonely orphan who is sent to live with his wicked and greedy Aunts Spiker and Sponge.

Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

Last but not least Winnie-the-Pooh – perhaps the most iconic early childhood book there has ever been? The book focuses on the adventures of a teddy bear called Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Owl and Rabbit. If like us you can remember this book being read to us at bedtime you will understand its inspirational importance!


That concludes justteachers’ most inspirational childhood reads – if like us you are passionate about literature or have an inspirational childhood read you want to add to this article get in touch with us today. We want to hear from you! Simply email Marketing@justteachers.co.uk and you could be featured in our blog!

To find out more about World Book Day visit –http://www.worldbookday.com/