My favourite books are those that I love to read as much as my babes love to listen to. My all time favourite book to read to my children is the classic Winnie The Pooh, by A.A Milne – it is so beautifully written, full of laugh-out -aloud moments, and contains stories that can be heard a million times over. In honour of World Book Day we are sharing some other of our favourite children’s books at the moment (in no particular order).
We love discovering new books so let us know your favourites in the comments below.
1.How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
I am a big fan of Oliver Jeffers books but this is my favourite of all. It’s a sweet story of a boy trying to catch a star written in Jeffers’s usual quirky style.
2. A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess
My girls adore fairies so this book really appeals to them as it lays out a plan to find your very own fairy.
3. In the Forest by Sophie Strady, Anouck Boisrobert, Louis Rigaud
This is a simple story with a strong message about looking after our planet, accompanied by beautiful pop-up illustrations, and a little sloth!
4. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
A must-have book on every bookshelf, for girls and boys a like. The one page, easily digestible stories of women who changed the world are inspiring.
5. Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
This is one of my all-time favourite books to read to my girls. The rhythm of the rhyming is spot on, the language fantastic, and the story simply wonderful. We also have Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada Twist, Scientist, and Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau, all by the same author, and I could read each of these books a million times a day.
6. Lost and Found by Barbara McClintock
This book has the most beautiful illustrations of scenes throughout China as two children explore the country with their uncle. Part of the story is finding a missing object on each page which adds a extra element to the story telling.
7. Tiger in a Tutu by Fabi Santiago
It’s hard to go wrong with a story involving a tiger, ballet, Paris, and friendship.
8. In the Attic by Hiawyn Oram
The magic of a child’s imagination is expressed so perfectly in this simple story about a boy who is cored with all his toys.
9. A River by Marc Martin
A River takes you on a journey through cities and farmland, mountains, and jungle, and finally into the sea as it and beautifully expresses the wonder of imagination.
10. The Night Box by Louise Greig, Ashling Lindsay
This story reads like poetry as it tells of all the changes the world undergoes as day fades to night and back to day again.
11. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
I love this book as it’s inspired by the incredible High Line in New York, and tells the story of a little boy who transforms an entire city with one small act.
12. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen
Kindness, generosity, individuality and intention are expressed so simply and subtly in this sweet book about a girl who finds a box of never-ending yarn.
13. Girl and Gorilla by Rick Walton
I used to call New York home, so I love reading stories set in NY to my girls to give them an inkling of this incredible city. I particularly love this book for it’s humour.
14. Willoughby and the Lion by Greg Foley
Greg Foley is a good friend of mine from New York so his books hold a special place in our bookshelves. This book, with images solely in black and gold, is about finding out what’s truly important.
15. Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
I used to love reading this book to my niece so when I saw it the other day I nabbed a copy for myself. It’s Julia Donaldson at her best with fun words and silly rhymes.
16. The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Another Oliver Jeffers favourite about a boy and a martian, finding their way back home from the moon.
17. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kale Pankhurst
What a fantastic book to read to daughters!
18. Dreamweaver by Claire Freedman and Carrie May
The perfect bedtime story if you ask me, all about going to sleep for the night. We love the rhyming too.
19. Oi Dog by Kes Gray and Jim Field
This series really makes us laugh out loud. The rhyming is fantastic and we are introduced to animals we didn’t know before.
20. Thank you Bear by Greg Foley
A simple story about a mouse and bear’s special friendship.
21. Theres a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart
We love this tale of a little girl and her giraffe who explore grandmother’s garden – a polar bear, giant dragon flies? What’s next. Oh and the last page is our favourite.
22. A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen, Chris Riddell
Described as poems for the “very young” which is great way to describe this book. The poems are funny, silly even ridiculous but we’ve read them over and over and love it.
23. Sparky by Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans
The sweetest story about a little girl and her pet sloth.
24. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd
We are the hugest fans of Mairy Maclary so love all these books but these is something that makes us love the persistence of Zachary Quack.
25. The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson
Follow the adventure of the Everywhere Bear when he gets lost one day.
26. The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Fancy a tiger coming for tea? And then eating and drinking everything you have in the house.