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.
Babies by Ros Asquith & Sam Williams
Both my kids loved this as babies, with a mirror at the end
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
I Spy book based on nursery rhymes
Usborne 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.
Usborne First Experiences by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright
Great for introducing new experiences to little ones, includes “Going to the Doctor”, “Going to the Dentist”, “Going to School”, etc.
Sharing A Shell by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo)
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 Wizard by Julia Donaldson
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 Winnie The Pooh Storybook Collection
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 Moon by Jonathan Emett
The story of Mole trying to catch the moon is great fun, a good bedtime book.
Laura’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 Bird by Marjorie Newman
Heart-warming picture book about Mole who finds an abandoned baby bird
The Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick, e.g. Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted
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 Smartypants by Babette Cole
The story of the independently minded Princess Smartypants who rejects every suitor who comes calling for her hand!
Sally and the Limpet by Simon James
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.
The Family Collection by Enid Blyton
Classic, unsophisticated stories that will do weeks of reading for you, also The Amelia Jane Collection and The Wishing Tree Collection
Pants by Nick Sharratt
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 Laugh by Nick Sharratt
My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh is about a boy whose parents love spots and stripes.
Who’s in the Loo by Jeanne Willis
“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
The Daisy books by Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt, e.g. Really Really
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?
The Adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg & Raymond Briggs
You get to meet Bert, Mrs Bert, Baby Bert and as you read the book, you the reader keep waking up Baby Bert!
The Midnight Bear by Dugald Steer
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 Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
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 Cat by Chris Riddell
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
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 Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
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 Child by Edith Pattou
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.