Jill & Michelle's Favourite Children's Books

Looking for ideas for new books to read to your child? Jill & Michelle, the founders of Mykidstime share their favourite children’s books:
Here is a selection of books that our kids (ages range from 2-7) have loved and that we have enjoyed reading with them.  Our list starts with the youngest age group and goes from there.

BabiesBabies by Ros Asquith & Sam Williams

ISBN 1-405-04623-6

Both my kids loved this as babies, with a mirror at the end

Each Peach Pear PlumEach Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

ISBN 0-670-88278-x

I Spy book based on nursery rhymes

Farmyard TalesUsborne Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

ISBN 978-0746058473 for the complete set but can be bought as individual stories
“This is Apple Tree Farm.  This is Mrs Boot, the farmer.  She has two children called Poppy and Sam and a dog called Rusty”

The stories can be read on two levels, short sentences for younger kids and longer descriptive sentences for older ones.  Find the yellow duck on every page.

First ExperiencesUsborne First Experiences by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

ISBN 978-0746067000

Great for introducing new experiences to little ones, includes “Going to the Doctor”, “Going to the Dentist”, “Going to School”, etc.

Sharing a ShellSharing A Shell by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo)

ISBN 978-1-4050-2048-0

My daughters love this book, because of the glitter on every page and also the illustrations of sea life that they can relate to such as sea anemones and starfish

The Princess and the wizardThe Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson

ISBN 978-1-4050-9076-6

Clever use of colours for the storyline involving a princess and a wicked wizard, by the author of The Gruffalo

Related: Great Julia Donaldson Books

Disney Story book collectionDisney Winnie The Pooh Storybook Collection

ISBN 1-40545-943-3

Simple set of stories with Pooh and friends.  Have your toy medical kit at the ready for the annual check up story “Say Ahhh, Pooh!”

Bringing down the MoonBringing Down the Moon by Jonathan Emett

ISBN 1-84428-521-9

The story of Mole trying to catch the moon is great fun, a good bedtime book.

Laura's StarLaura’s Star (ISBN 1-85430-696-0)

Laura’s Secret (ISBN 1-85430-981-1)

Laura’s Christmas (ISBN 1-85430-682-0) by Klaus Baumgart

The first book, Laura’s Star is a really lovely story about a little girl Laura who has just moved house and finds a star to be her friend

Mole and the Baby BirdMole and the Baby Bird by Marjorie Newman

ISBN 0-7475-5883-3

Heart-warming picture book about Mole who finds an abandoned baby bird

Katie MoragThe Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick, e.g. Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted

ISBN 978-0099118817

Stories about a little girl called Katie Morag who lives on the fictional island of Struay, these are delightfully illustrated and fantastic stories with great characters.

Princess SmartypantsPrincess Smartypants by Babette Cole

ISBN 0-698-11555-4

The story of the independently minded Princess Smartypants who rejects every suitor who comes calling for her hand!

Sally and the LimpetSally and the Limpet by Simon James

ISBN 978-1406308464

Sally gets a limpet stuck to her finger one day while at the beach and no matter what everyone tries they can’t get the limpet off! I have given so many copies of this book as a gift because we loved it so much.

Family CollectionThe Family Collection by Enid Blyton

ISBN 978-0603563478

Classic, unsophisticated stories that will do weeks of reading for you, also The Amelia Jane Collection and The Wishing Tree Collection

PantsPants by Nick Sharratt

ISBN 0-552-54833-2

Brightly illustrated and very funny picture book, my kids love Pants and we always have to pick our favourite pair of pants at the end.

My Mum and Dad make me laughMy Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt

ISBN 0-7445-4307-X

My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh is about a boy whose parents love spots and stripes.

Who's in the LooWho’s in the Loo by Jeanne Willis

ISBN 978-1-84270-698-5

“Who’s in the Loo? There’s a very long queue.  Is it an elephant having a poo?”  Naturally appealing to kids, this also introduces them to a whole host of animals in clever rhymes

Really ReallyThe Daisy books by Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt, e.g. Really Really

ISBN 0-09-941394-9

In the Really Really story, Daisy has never had a babysitter before and she fibs gleefully to Angela the babysitter about what she has for tea and when she goes to bed.  Will Daisy get away with it though?

Adventures of BertThe Adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg & Raymond Briggs

ISBN 0-14-056754-2

You get to meet Bert, Mrs Bert, Baby Bert and as you read the book, you the reader keep waking up Baby Bert!

Midnight BearThe Midnight Bear by Dugald Steer

ISBN 978-1840114508

A beautifully illustrated story of newly-born Nanuk the polar bear discovering all the animals and birds of the Arctic as she searches for the sun which she has never seen

Click Clack MooClick Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

ISBN 0-743-46151-7

Farmer Brown has a problem, his cows like to type and very soon the animals on the farm start leaving him notes.

Ottoline and the Yellow CatOttoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell

ISBN 978-1-4050-5057-9

The story of Ottoline who lives on the twenty-fourth floor of the Pepperpot Building with Mr Munroe.  Fantastic story and great illustrations.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

ISBN 978-0744578294

Beautifully written and evocative book, this is the story of a girl, Opal, her preacher father and their adopted dog, Winn-Dixie.

The Little White HorseThe Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

ISBN 978-0-7459-4578-1

Awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1946, this is the appealing story of Maria Merryweather who arrives in Moonacre and meets the inhabitants of the valley including a mysterious white horse.

North ChildNorth Child by Edith Pattou

ISBN 978074606837-3

Based on the fairy tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a truly epic adventure story, with each chapter written from a different character’s viewpoint.

Other classics that our kids have enjoyed recently have been:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

What’s your favourite book to read with your child? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.