We absolutely love books in our house. The amount of children’s books we have is getting a bit out of control so I’m trying to borrow more from the library and donate some that
I have read 4 million times my daughter is too old for to charity as often as I can.
There are so many amazing books to choose from, I’ve shortlisted a few of our favourites, plus thrown in some great recommendations from some very helpful Mumblers! 😀
📚 Babies & toddlers (under 3s) 📚
I think for this age you want something bright and colourful. Maybe with the odd flap to peak under which always brings a bit of joy to a little face, so I’ve made sure to include a few of those.
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
There are about 15 Spot books.
They are lovely, simple and gentle stories about a cute little dog.
With a flap to peak under on every page, they are a treat for inquisitive hands that like to touch everything in sight!
There are also some great seasonal ones, including Easter & Christmas and ‘Spot Loves his Mum’ – perfect for Mother’s Day 🌷
That’s not my… by Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells
There are loads & loads of these books and they have a different texture on each page, so great for little hands to feel.
They are a tad repetitive, but flow nicely and are a great book to start reading to very young children.
There are a couple of brilliant parody books by Kasey Edwards though, so if you want a giggle head to Kasey’s website.
‘That’s not my child… she’s sleeping! That’s not my child…she’s eating my cooking’
‘That’s not my husband… he’s changing a nappy!’ 😂
PLAYTOWN by Roger Priddy
This is a really big book (perhaps not a snuggly bedtime read) but has over 70 flaps and follows the people around than live in ‘Playtown’.
With so many different flaps to lift up, so much to see and explain to your child, they will learn loads from this book.
There is even someone in the loo on the train, which brings much amusement everytime!
Our copy has been so well read I’ve had to get the sticky tape out a few times and the animals could easily escape from our zoo!
Big Box Little Box by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood
Thanks Lauren for recommending this one.
Her daughter is nearly 2 and loves this book.
“It has lots of lovely vocabulary and repetition in it! It is quite simple with a few funny moments and it’s the first story that she can ‘read’ most of it accurately to herself so is great for her at the moment as she really wants to do a mixture of reading ‘on her own’ and having stories read to her.”
Odd Bods by Steven Butler and Jarvis
Odd Bods is a celebration of every weird and wild child – a hilarious, raucous and occasionally bizarre romp through the quirks and habits of some seriously odd bods.
Mibs recommended this book.
“It’s a really fun book, helping kids to learn the alphabet as well as excepting everyone as equals.”
Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
This is a set of four books lift-the flap books available separately or as three tales together. The illustrations by Scheffler are fantastic as ever, and the gentle rhymes make the books a pleasure to read.
Michelle loves readings these books to her toddler.
“I’ve read all of them many times but my little girl loves them and so do I”.
📚 Ages 3-6 📚
At this age you can start to get some amazing books that you will want to read again and again. Then children start to learn to read for themselves and you hope you are not out of a job just yet…
Shifty Mc Gifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton
There are four books in this series, and they are all hilarious.
They are about two dogs that used to be robbers, but turned good, opened a café and now solve crimes.
The illustrations are beautiful, the stories rhyme so cleverly and there is a lot of chat about cakes. Yum. 🍰
‘Now Shifty and Sam never grumble or groan. They love baking cakes and they leave crime alone.’
The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright & Jim Field
This book has a lovely moral to it about feeling small and powerless but then managing to find your voice and make friends with someone way bigger than you! 🐭
Stunning illustrations, the cutest little mouse, and a lovely gentle, rhyming read.
‘It felt like the scariest thing he could do…But if you want things to change, you first have to change YOU.’
Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field
It’s hard to describe how much we love this book.
It’s very clever, very funny and crammed full of animals and silliness. Basically if you haven’t read it, do so now. Just look at that little frog’s face – he doesn’t want to be sat on that log! 🐸
‘Puffins sit on muffins, snakes sit on cakes, owls sit on towels, gibbons sit on ribbons…’
Plus if you want more there’s…
Oi Dog! – the best children’s sequel book I’ve ever read.
Oi Cat! – which I’ve yet to purchase due to the attempt to curb my book buying addition but have been known to read it in Waterstones a few (cough) times.
Then when I thought life couldn’t get any better I discovered Oi Goat! had been released for World Book Day.
Don’t forget to get your token! I believe other books are available too, see the World Book Day website.
Hamish the Hairy Haggis by A. K Paterson & Stuart Martin
Hamish lives in the highlands of Scotland and once a year it’s haggis hunting season.
The Bashers and Mashers are out to catch him! Wonder why there isn’t a haggis emoji?!
Anyway Kate, or rather her 5 year old daughter, LOVES this book!
“I can’t say I share her love for it but perhaps that’s because she insists on it EVERY night. There’s clearly something that appeals to a demanding 5 year old!”
Boogie Bear by David Walliams & Tony Ross
Sophia posted a great write up about this book, so I am adding this one to my library order! 🐻
“It’s about a white polar bear in the North Pole who relaxes on his iceberg but drifts and it melts!! He ends up meeting brown bears… He ends up climbing /being chased up a tree and falling in mud becoming a ‘brown bear’. They all understand eventually about brown/white bears and two fall in love and have cute baby cubs. My little boy has just turned 5 requests this book every night and laughs throughout”.
I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore
This story shows how the unconditional love of a mother can be tested through the relentless questions of her little boy… we all know what’s that like huh!
Claire recommended this book.
“I love this book as it explains to your child how much you love them.”
My daughter is almost 5, so any books suitable for children that can read by themselves are yet to be discovered. Well apart from those I remember from my childhood that I will get to rediscover soon and some chapter books we have just starting reading together.
Happy reading! 😀
Guest blog by Jane Crease.