Children's books special from Sunday Times

Children's books special from Sunday Times

The Sunday Times will this week devote four pages to the 100 best children’s books of the last 10 years.
 
The feature will be published in this week’s Sunday Times Culture magazine, out on the 5th October. The titles are chosen by children’s books editor Nicolette Jones and organised into five different categories:  0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13+.
 
Subscribers to the newspaper will also be able to access a digital supplement with a full description of each book (200 words), the jacket, and a sample first chapter or illustrated spread (for picture books).
 
Jones said choosing just 100 books was “challenging” because of the range of wonderful books that have been published.
 
“I feel like it’s the tip of the iceberg because there are a lot of books I like that aren’t in there. The positive thing is that there is a hell of a lot of good stuff. When doing this I realised what a golden age we live in,” she said.
 
The list is mainly fiction and some non-fiction. It does not include poetry or graphic novels, but Jones said there is always scope for the Sunday Times to come back to them at a later date.
 
Two books that are currently out-of-print also made the cut.
 
Andrew Holgate, literary editor at the Sunday Times, said the project is “pretty comprehensive guide for parents who are uncertain about the best books for their children at different ages”. He said: “Nicolette has poured all her 21 years of experience into this, and it really is an amazing supplement, full of information and great judgment.”
 
The previous online supplement, 50 Best Crime Novels and Thrillers of the Past Five Years, by reviewers Joan Smith and John Dugdale, was the Sunday Times’ most popular digital supplement ever, he added.