So if you’re Canadian – and even if you’re not – grab a book and share it with your children.
Books written specifically for children have been in existence since the invention of the printing press, one of the earliest being The Babee’s Book, (circa 1477) a treatise on manners that the printer, William Caxton, dedicated to the young sons of England’s King Edward IV (later the famous Missing Princes of the Tower, and the subjects of my novel, The Disappearing Rose).
It was during Queen Victoria’s reign, however, that such literature really started to come into its own. This month’s book suggestions were all written during the Victorian era and are still popular today.
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Picture Book Version)
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley (Picture Book Version)
Alice In Wonderland and its sequel, Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The first of Andrew Lang’s Coloured Fairy Tale Books (The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Rose/Pink Fairy Book & The Grey Fairy Book)
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Princess & The Goblin and its sequel, The Princess & Curdie by George MacDonald
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Captain’s Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Prisoner Of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope
Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells