Konnie Huq on the top children's books she reads her sons

Ella Dove
·3-min read
Photo credit: Konnie Huq
Photo credit: Konnie Huq

From Good Housekeeping

Ever since her achievement of becoming the longest-serving female Blue Peter presenter, Konnie Huq has been busy.

Along with husband, Black Mirror creator, Charlie Brooker, she has focussed her attention on raising their two boys, Covey and Huxley, remaining largely under the public radar.

Until last year. With her boys aged eight and six, Konnie has carved a new successful venture - writing children's books.

The first of these, Cookie And The Most Annoying Boy In The World is a hilarious and charming tale of a feisty girl who loves science, with illustrations done by Konnie herself.

More recently, she has teamed up with fellow author James Kay to release two new children's titles - Fearless Fairy Tales (Piccadilly Press, £14.99) and Trumplestiltskin (Piccadilly Press, £5.99), which give traditional fairy stories a witty and modern spin.

Konnie has spent her life and career entertaining and educating children. But which are her favourite children's books to read to her own boys?

The Elephant and Piggy Series by Mo Willems

Konnie says: "These books are wonderful for children learning to read as they are simple, yet full of humour. They can even be read with your child in a role play fashion with you and your child playing the parts of Elephant and Piggy."

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

Konnie says: "Another book that my children belly laugh at and great for those learning to read. It pokes fun at the reader, so perfect for a parent to read to a child if they don’t mind being laughed at!"

The Winnie The Witch Series by Valerie Thomas, illustrated by Korky Paul

Konnie says: "Great for the transition from picture books to chapter books. Quirky and funny, and with pictures. Each book has three stories, so perfect for dipping into a story for bedtime."

The Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman

Konnie says: "As you may have guessed, my kids love funny books! This one is no exception. A chapter book with pictures. Great for when they can read solo."

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf

Konnie says: "One for older kids, this book is fantastic for understanding and empathy as it is all about a refugee boy joining a primary school class. It is written in a lovely way, treating the subject matter without ever being worthy."

Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World by Konnie Huq

Konnie says: "Another one for children a little older. Obviously my kids love this because they were there throughout the whole writing process! Great for stealth learning and education. Also funny - of course!"

Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay, illustrated by Henry Paker

Konnie says: "Extremely funny and educational too. Kids can learn all about how their body works. Good for kids that like gory and gross!"

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