Books Parenting

Our Favourite Children’s Books

  • July 8, 2016

I love reading and am pleased that Little H is turning into a bit of a bookworm herself. The bedtime story has been a nightly routine in our house since she was a baby and we get through a lot of books. The school also send home a ‘reading record’ where you have to write down all the books you read with your child, and at the end of the week they get a star for every book they’ve read. I’m very proud to say that Little H regularly gets a “Bookmonster” sticker!

Although we have lots of books on our shelf, there are always the favourites that we read quite regularly.

I like reading other parents’ blog posts on their favourite kid’s books as it gives me some inspiration for what to buy next, so I thought I’d list our favourite children’s books. If you are looking for recommendations for books to read with your children, here’s our list…

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Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers

I love Oliver Jeffers’ books, mainly for the beautiful illustrations. All of his books are funny and have great little characters. In Lost and Found a little boy finds a penguin and tries to help him get back home, it’s a lovely story and the ending is really sweet. This book is Little H’s favourite because she likes the penguin who she decided to nickname “Cupcake”.

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Everyone loves The Gruffalo and since the little BBC film it’s impossible not to imagine the voices when you read it. We’ve read (and watched) it so many times that Little H knows plenty of the words to help us out.

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The Very Messy Mermaid by Tracey Corderoy & Kate Leak

Like most little girls Little H loves anything to do with mermaids so this book is a favourite. The Very Messy Mermaid tells the story of a mermaid called Twinkletail who’s parents basically have OCD and want her to have a clean & tidy birthday party. It has nice, colourful illustrations and a fun story.

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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite since Little H was a baby, probably because of the flaps. Although it’s a bit young for her now she can read the whole book herself so still loves it.

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Barry The Fish With Fingers by Sue Hendra

What child wouldn’t love a book about a fish called Barry who has fingers?! The illustrations are bright and colourful, and you can get overly dramatic with the story which always keeps kids entertained.

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What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Another great Julia Donaldson book! A ladybird helps a group of farm animals outwit some thieves, and Little H still loves making all of the animal noises. This version also has a glittery ladybird on the cover and throughout the book which is a nice touch.



Have you read any of our favourite children’s books? What are your favourites?


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  • Colette B

    You’ve got some of our favourites on there too! We love Lost & Found.

  • Kara Guppy

    Barry the Fish with fingers is a fave here too – going to check out the messy mermaid – sounds perfect for eliza!

  • beccatooth

    We love Gruffalo and Lost and Found too! We also enjoyed What the Ladybird Heard although it was a library book so we’ve not read it that often. I’ve written a post on one of our faves this week, ‘The Fox in the Dark’. Would really recommend! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Happy Mummy

    We love Dear Zoo too! x

  • Emma Plus Three

    We’ve read The Gruffalo and Dear Zoo but none of the others, we’ll have to check them out x #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Over Heaven's Hill

    I also included a blog post on 5 of our favourite books for Toddlers too last week and I love the recommendations I’m getting in the comments. Barry the fish with fingers is brilliant and of course Oliver Jeffers books are all great but lost and found is one of our favs #fortheloveofBlog

  • Sonia

    We love Julia Donaldson and have lots of her books, mine have particularly enjoyed ‘Tiddler’ but love the others too. We have most of the ones you mentioned and agree that they are fab. We also enjoy ‘Percy the park-keeper’ stories and ‘Winnie the witch’ xx

  • James Hopes

    Dear Zoo is the only one of those we have so far – our little one is 2 and he likes anything with moving parts!! Definitely hoping he grows into someone who loves books. #KCACOLS

  • To Arizona......and beyond

    Great post, I love finding book recommendations for kids. I loved reading the Bramley hedge books as a child, I can’t wait to read them with my daughter when she’s older #KCACOLS

  • kerry norris

    Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite in our house. We also like to read dear santa around xmas time too x

  • thehippychristianmum

    I’m always on the look out for kids books and there are a couple here we haven’t read thanks! The fish one looks good. I liked the mermaid one too and found it had a sweet message. My daughter likes Julia Donalson books too. Some others I like are ‘The fish who could wish’ and ‘The Tiger Rug’ #KCACOLS

  • A Mum Track Mind (@amumtrackmind)

    The gruffalo was one of my son’s favourites when he was younger. And Room on the Broom too. Can’t wait to read them all again when Sophie is the right age! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    I love the sound of Barry the Fish with Fingers! 😀 Marianna is obsessed with some Rosie and Jim board books my mother-in-law got her from the car boot sale at the moment. Of all the lovely books we picked, she goes for the most boring stories imaginable… 😉 #KCACOLS

  • Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Couple of our faves in here (we are big gruffalo fans!) and a couple I haven’t heard off – I will have to check them out! #KCACOLS

  • A Moment with Franca

    Oh I can’t believe that we only have from your list the Gruffalo! We love it at home of course! I will have to check out the other books too. It is always great to have more ideas of what to buy. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is great having you for the first time. I hope that you like it. Only just a big favour, please do not forget to comment the post before your post. I would really appreciate if you could do that comment! Thanks so much in advance, 🙂 xx

  • fritha

    LOVE your pics, I bought Lost and Found before I even had kids! x

  • fritha

    picks* even! x

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