International Literacy Day: Our Top 7 Kidult Books

Children’s books never age (even if you do). To celebrate International Literacy Day, we reminded ourselves of our favourite Kidult books…

Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

“Milly-Molly-Mandy was the first book I got totally obsessed with! Once I was half way through, I only let myself read a page a day because I didn’t want to finish it. She only ever did really mundane things like run errands but she was super stylish in her stripy frock…” – Amy de Klerk, Look’s Junior Fashion Assistant



The BFG by Roald Dahl

“Nobody does children’s humour better than Roald Dahl and the BFG is the perfect example. Snozzcumbers, whizzpoppers, and zippfuzzing; best words ever invented.” – Stevie-Ella Keen, Look’s Audience Development Manager




Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“I love the adventure in it and I wanted to be Alice!” – Francesca Alice Hanratty, Look’s Features and Entertainment intern

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

“I was always loved the illustrations, the books were amazing but I would spend hours trying to recreated the drawings.” – Victoria Adegboyega, Look’s Senior Picture Researcher


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

A toy rabbit that comes to life? What’s not to love?  “The descriptions in this book are just beautiful, like this one; ‘once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.’ – Tomasina Brittain, Look’s Picture Editor


Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Who doesn’t love Tracy Beaker? The book told from the point of view of a naughty ten-year-old who lives in ‘the dumping ground’ (or orphanage). Funny, feisty and seriously prone to behavioural problems, she’s the heroine who made us want our parents to put us up for adoption.


Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

When a little boy with a big imagination, Max, gets angry after being put to bed with no supper he envisions the world around him full of other wild things where he is King. Cool, huh? This one is a good one for realising that, sometimes, there’s no place like home.



By Emma Firth