As a child my mother always read to me, and for this I thank her. Thanks to her reading to me from such a young age I developed a thirst and curiosity for reading, which has since became one of my most relaxing and loved hobbies, and has in fact led me here to this blog. I therefore urge any of you who are parents to read to your children, and share your love of books with them. On that note these are the 20 books that I enjoyed as a child and would recommend to anyone reading to a child. The ages on these book vary, so there’s something for most children.
1. Winne The Pooh by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H . Shepard. A loveable bear who has been around since 1926.
2. The Gruffalo (and The Gruffalo’s Child) by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A unique new character the Gruffalo who is ‘invented’ by a mouse who uses it to scare off the other animals.
3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. (or any other book by Dr Seuss). It might just be me but there’s something satisfying about books that rhyme.
4. The Mr Men Series by Roger Hargreaves. Although there are a lot more characters in the Mr Men series including many more ‘Little Miss’ characters but it does show that these books are still enjoyed by children.
5. The World of Peter Rabbit, collection by Beatrix Potter. This sweet animal characters are still much loved over 110 years later.
6. The Magic Key by by Roderick Hunt, illustrated by Alex Brychta. Who can forget the adventures Biff, Chip, Kipper and of course their dog Floppy.
7. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. A lovely book that lets you share not only your love for books with your children but also you love for your children themselves through the words of a mother and baby hare.
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. A picture book that sees a Caterpillar bloom into a butterfly. Also see, The Very Noisy Cricket also by Eric Carle, the copy I had also made the noise of the cricket when you opened the last page.
9. Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul. Meet Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur and follow their adventures.
10. The Bedtime Bear (pop up book) by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Cute, interactive and perfect for bedtime reading with children.
11. The Tiger Who Came to Tea written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. 40 years on it still remains very popular and has even been adapted into a theatrical production.
12. Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy by Dame Lynley Dodd. Join Hairy Maclary and his friends from the farm, including another of Lynley Dodd’s book ‘Slinky Malinki’.
16. The Rover adventures collection by Roddy Doyle. Join the dog Rover on all his adventures, including: (The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, The Meanwhile Adventures)
17. The Rainbow Fish written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister . A lovely book that spread the message about sharing and friendship.
18. The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by Roger Roth. Janie invents the invisible dog Henry, a Great Dane.
19. Kipper by Mike Inkpen. An adorable book, who wouldn’t love Kipper the Dog.
20. Any children’s book by Roald Dahl. He is pretty much a crazy genius, from strange chocolate factories to friendly giants. Quentin Blake’s delightful drawings also add to the experience.