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BooksIf you live in Canada, today is Family Literacy Day, a day ABC Life Literacy Canada created back in 1999 to encourage families to read, play, and learn together as a family.

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.

Ages 3-7

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)

Ages 7-9

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

Ages 10-13

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

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