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Children’s literature consultant Wendy Cooling has spent her working life encouraging children to become enthusiastic readers. After a career in teaching, Wendy worked for the reading charity, BookTrust. It was here that she founded BookStart. Wendy has gone on to advise on similar schemes around the world. She also creates anthologies for children and regularly reviews children’s books. In 2009, Wendy was awarded the MBE for services to children’s literacy.

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animal stories

Animal stories

Animal stories are a great way of learning about friendship, other countries and the environment.

adventure stories

Adventure stories

Wendy chooses some enthralling adventure stories.

fantasy and magic stories

Fantasy and magic

There's more to fantasy and magic stories than a certain Mr Potter, and this list will introduce your child to even more great fantastical stories.

mystery stories

Mystery stories

Who doesn't like a good mystery? From missing Roman signet rings to the adventures of the Young Houdini, here's Wendy's top mystery recommendations.

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