Our Best Children’s Stories For Share A Story Month


Grandparent reading to children on grass

It’s National Share A Story Month to promote reading to children. This year the theme is “belonging”. This got the “Friend” team thinking about their best children’s stories. So, we wanted to share them here and see what your favourites were!


Old Bear by Jane Hissey — Jacky, Digital Content Editor

Old Bear by Jane Hissey book cover

Published by Scribblers.

I’m very attached to my teddy bear collection and always have been, and I’m starting to think it’s because of this book! It follows the crew of teddies as they attempt to rescue Old Bear from the loft after he’s been retired. I felt so bad for Old Bear being left in the attic that I could never part with any of my teddies. The book was so beautiful that the pictures just stuck with me more than any others.

Stig of the Dump by Clive King — Alan, Features team

Stig of the Dump book cover

Published by Penguin.

Barney befriends Stig, whom he finds living in a rubbish dump. Stig is no normal boy – he’s from the Stone Age. I can’t recall if that’s ever explained, but it doesn’t matter. Barney has a Stone Age adventuring buddy! Reading good fiction at any age is all about engaging the imagination. That’s why “Stig Of The Dump” is a timeless classic.

Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne — Alex, Features Editor

Winnie the Pooh A A Milne HarperCollins Publishers

Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

I loved Winnie-the-Pooh when I was little. He was always a family favourite, and the two “novels” are easy to go back to. Each time you do – a little older – you realise a bit more how clever and actually quite deep the stories are, even though they seem so simple.

The Horse From Black Loch and Dream Of Fair Horses by Patricia Leitch — Judey, Production Editor

I was obsessed with horses as a kid, and two of the “horsey” books I loved were “The Horse from Black Loch” and “Dream Of Fair Horses” , both by Patricia Leitch. The first is mysterious and exciting and the second one if a beautiful dream-come-true tale for any pony lover.

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton — Tracey, Fiction team

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton Hachette book cover

Published by Hachette Children’s.

I was a very traditional reader when I was very young and loved “The Magic Faraway Tree” series of books by Enid Blyton. I started reading “Misty” comic and discovered that I loved all things spooky and thrilling, so I took a bit of a leap. My mum and dad were avid readers, so I sort of went from Enid Blyton to “Jaws” and the “The Shining” by Stephen King. There were so many books in our house, no-one noticed what I was reading as I was one of those children with a torch under the covers!


Read more about The People’s Friend bookish favourites, and let us know what your best children’s stories are!

Jacqueline Boland

Jacky is the Digital Content Editor at "The People's Friend", looking after our website, social media channels and podcast.