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World Book Day 2017: From Harry Potter to Finding Winnie, Hillington teacher reveals her favourite international children stories

From J K Rowling to meerkats and maps - 20 great children's books from around the globe

A Hillingdon school librarian has put together a very unique list for World Book Day 2017, which features her 20 favourite international books for children.

The list has been put together by Peggy Travers, librarian at ACS Hillingdon International School, to mark the 20th anniversary of the biggest book celebration in the world.

Ms Travers has more than 30 years experience as a children's literacy teacher and has put together her choices from around the globe and includes some recognisable names, and some which are not.

Fiction from around the world

The biggest name to make an appearance is the author of the hugely popular Harry Potter series J K Rowling, as " Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" makes the list under fiction recommendations.

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Also in the fiction section is "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo, which was adapted into an animated film in 2008.

Puzzles and maps

The full list from Ms Travers

Or if your child is more into the factual side of things, "Meerkat Mail" by Emily Gravett tells the tale of a young meerkat who packs his bags and leaves his family.

Ms Travers also includes "If You Lived Here: Houses of the World" by Giles Laroche, which takes youngsters on a tour of homes from around the world.

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"I Am Different: Can You Find Me?" By Majula Padmanabhan is a picture book that tests children's problem solving skills with 16 visual puzzles and also shows a huge variety of different languages.

Picture books for the younger ones

And for the younger kids there are a selection of picture books on the list.

Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes' "Weslandia" is a fantasy adventure about an outsider who funds an entire civilization in his back garden.

"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear", by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall, tells the tale of a real bear named Winnie who met a boy named Christopher Robin.

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Ms Travers' list offers six fiction, seven non fiction and seven picture books from around the world that your young ones are sure to love.

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