Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle.A gripping fantasy story set in a miniature world in an oak tree. Toby, the hero of the story, is being hunted by his own people and soon realises that more than his own life is at stake. There is a mystery to be solved and a thrilling adventure which unfolds over two books.
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson. For shared reading. These stories from Moominland are surreal fantasy tales with eccentric and amusing characters. Translated from the Swedish and originally published in the 1940’s, the short chapters are wonderfully atmospheric and sometimes quite philosophical.
The Treehorn Trilogy by Florence Heide with illustrations by Edward Gorey. I'm a sucker for Gorey's illustrations and the Treehorn stories are perfect little first story books. Treehorn suffers from two parents who largely ignore the bizarre things happening in his life.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster. Fantasy adventure which tells the tale of Milo, who is transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom by a magical tollbooth. Full of puns and with subtle lessons about the use of language, this has drawn comparisons to Alice.
The Complete Borrowers by Mary Norton. First published in 1952, this collects all 6 Borrower’s tales. It follows the fortunes of the Pod family who live in a harpsichord and ‘borrow’ all their possessions from the ‘Human Beans’. Everything changes when Arrietty befriends a young human boy, and from that moment on the Pod family are never far from danger.