National Storytelling Week

Cuddling up with our little ones is just the best – and when they’re engaged in a book and trying to read or just listening to us to learn how to talk – its a really special time to bond with your child.

So check out our recommendations from Cornish writers to stories all about Cornwall to inspire your little ones..

The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber 

Based on the wonderfully atmospheric and dramatic Cornish tale of Old Tom, the fisherman, and his cat Mowzer, who braved the wrath of the Great Storm-Cat to save their village.

Beauifully illustrated and based in the Cornish seaside village of Mousehole, this is a perfect book for 5-8 and younger readers.

The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo

It was Benjamin Postlethwaite’s job all his long life to make sure the light shone brightly high up in the lighthouse on Puffin Island. Not once in all his years as the lighthouse keeper had he ever let his light go out. But sometimes even the brightest light on a lighthouse cannot save a ship.

A wonderful and charming book to read to small children or for older children to read to themselves.

Jessie the Jellyfish by Laurie Newman

This is the story of a lonely jellyfish. With no friends to be found on the reef, Jessie makes friends with a floating plastic bag. But can the sea be cleaned up in time so Jessie’s friends can return to party and play?

Thought-provoking and with lovely illustrations for younger readers.

Soggy and the Mermaid by Michael Foreman

Follow Soggy on his adventures in the picture book, as he meets a mermaid. Ages: 0-5yrs.

Check out our further recommendations for childrens books that bring the sea to life:

Don’t forget to support your local independent bookseller or via

Further reading:

The Book Trust and Muddy Stilletos both have great recommendations for children’s books set in Cornwall –

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