Growing Reader


Storytime Surprises: Sophie Kinsella’s Favorite Books to Read as a Family

by Sophie Kinsella

Photo credit: John Swannell

Reading to my children is one of the greatest pleasures I know. As adults, we instinctively love to surprise a baby by peeking out from behind our hands. Well, what is a story if not a series of surprises? All five of my children spent much of their babyhoods sitting on my knee, turning pages, lifting flaps, and learning the greatest question of all time: What happens next?

Here are some of my family’s most beloved books for storytime.

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels My Not So Perfect LifeCan You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your NumberWedding NightSurprise Me, and the YA novel Finding Audrey. She lives in England. Visit her website at or find her on Instagram @sophiekinsellawriter and Twitter @KinsellaSophie.