We all remember the magic of reading our first book.

Going to the library or a book shop; picking one off the shelf and running home full of excitement. Starting to read and finding yourself not wanting to put it down, so much so that you’re hiding under the covers after bed time with a torch, falling into the magical words on the page.

However, the magic of children’s books doesn’t necessarily have to mean witches, wizards and wands. It can be as simple as a shy character becoming a hero, or a sad character finding a way to become happy, or even a Tortoise being able to win a race against a Hare.

Magic to a child is believing in the impossible and impossible comes in all shapes and sizes.

You can buy some great titles here: James and the Giant Peach, The Wind in the Willows, Pippi Longstocking, Watership DownThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s web and The Little Princess.

Many of these books were adapted into film and although they provide us with a picture, a book provokes thought and allows children to create their own world of adventure and control it through turning each page.

So, do you remember the first character that made you laugh, the first bully you wanted to lose, the first hero you wanted to be like or the first magical land you wished was real?

Why don’t you find out what your child first book moments are or maybe even share some of yours!

By Anna Neydorff