Yes of course this will be a completely biased series of posts because well, these are my favourite children’s books, and you might not agree. Though it has to be said that for the most part I’ve been pretty good at picking out children’s books that have been a hit. Unless their parents (and said children) are lying.
But here I go introducing some of the books I think are just fabulous, and I hope that if you read them you’ll love them too!
We must begin with a book I still remember discovering at nursery (preschool) when I was probably about 4 years old. I loved lifting the flaps to discover what animal had been sent.
To me this is a necessity for any child’s book collection. Especially as not only is it fun for the interaction of lifting flaps, you can also practice and learn about the different noises animals make.
I discovered this book a couple of years ago when my friend asked me to help him shop for his nephew’s Christmas present. Monsters? Underpants? General silliness? This is the bread and butter of books for any 3-6 year old…particularly if he’s a boy!
The book is written in rhyme and explains how dinosaurs became extinct because they were fighting over a limited resource of underpants. Duh! Why did you think they became extinct?!
Or any preschool book by Jill Murphy really. My lil bro LOVED them when he was wee (and memorised them so you never got away with skipping bits at bedtime). He like the Large Family ones mainly I think because the wee girl elephant was called Laura. Just like his biggest sister! Awww.
This book I found in a wee shop in Morningside while looking for a present for Elastababy. I ended up getting it for Miss S’s 4th birthday as I was sure that her Mummy & Daddy would approve of a book where a little girl called Emily writes to Greenpeace to tell them about the whale in her garden. They do write very polite letters back to her too. A great book for introducing your children to eco-warriorhood.
If you have never seen this book, seriously, you had a very deprived and sheltered childhood. This one has been around for 40 years and the illustration is still well cool! Plus all the pages with holes from the hungry caterpillar eating his way through until…the grand finale ending.
What are your favourite children’s books?