Books – today a reader, tomorrow a leader. Reading is a beautiful part of life that applies to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Books tell us magical stories and teach us valuable life lessons, and this impact is no different to our children.
Reading has so many benefits that you should be reading with your child quite regularly. Check out this list of our favourite, fantastically engaging books they are sure to love.
1. Thelma the Unicorn
By Aaron Blabey
Thelma is an ordinary pony who longs to be more. One day, she spots a carrot on the ground and comes up with a brilliant idea… and oh, Thelma looked amazing! Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
2. Where is the Green Sheep?
By Mem Fox
Here is the blue sheep, and here is the red sheep. Here is the bath sheep, and here is the bed sheep – but where is the green sheep? Recommended for ages 0+. Buy it here.
3. Frog and Toad are Friends
By Arnold Lobel
From writing letters to going swimming, Frog and Toad are always there for each other – just as best friends should be. This book contains five heart-warming stories that have been loved by generations. Recommended for ages 4+. Buy it here.
4. Love Your Body
By Jessica Sanders
Freedom is loving your body with all its imperfections and being yourself. Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies just the way it is. Recommended for ages 4+. Buy it here.
5. Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak
One night, Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief, so his mother calls him “Wild Thing” and sends him to bed without dinner. Little does he know, his bedroom transforms into the place where the wild things are. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
6. All the Ways To Be Smart
By Allison Colpoys
A joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are, proving that there is more than one way to be smart. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
7. Oh Dear!
By Rod Campbell
A lift-the-flap classic, Oh Dear! Follows Buster during his stay with grandma on the farm. Where will he find the eggs for breakfast? Lift the flaps to find out. Recommended for ages 1+. Buy it here.
By Oliver Jeffers
Delightful chaos ensues when Floyd gets his kite stuck u p a tree. He throws up his shoe in an attempt to get it down, but that gets stuck too – along with his other shoe, a pot of paint, a kitchen sink, a whale… will Floyd ever get his kite back? Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
9. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
By Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk with a few of his friends… and comes up against a nasty surprise in the shape of Scarface Claw. What will he do? Recommended for ages 2+. Buy it here.
10. The Tiger Who Came to Tea
By Judith Kerr
Sophie and her mummy are sitting down for tea when the doorbell rings. Who could it be? What they certainly didn’t expect is a big, furry tiger. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
11. The Book with No Pictures
By B.J. Novak
This book may look serious, but it is completely ridiculous and will make for lots of laughs. You will end up saying lots of silly things along the way! Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
12. The Rainbow Serpent
By Dick Roughsey
A timeless story telling the journey of the Rainbow Serpent who came from beneath the ground and created huge ridges, mountains and gorges as it moved through the land. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
13. Magic Beach
By Alison Lester
Imagine a beach where you can swim, surf, build sandcastles, splash through the waves, hunt for treasure, fish from the jetty and have a bonfire under the stars – it’s all possible at Magic Beach. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
14. Ruby Red Shoes
By Kate Knapp
Ruby Red Shoes lives in a colourful caravan with her grandmother. Ruby is gentle and kind and cares for all living things, and is also particularly fond of strawberry jam and peppermint tea. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
15. Where is Peter Rabbit?
By Beatrix Potter
Where oh where has Peter Rabbit gone? Play a fun game of hide-and-seek by lifting the flaps. Is Peter behind the blackberry bush, or in the lettuce patch? There’s only one way to find out. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
16. The Smartest Giant in Town
By Julia Donaldson
George wishes he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. That is, until he sees a new shop and he decides it’s time for a new look; smart trouser, smart shirt, shiny shoes. Now he’s the smartest giant in town, until he bumps into some animals who need his help… and his clothes. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
17. Little Blue Truck
By Alice Shertle
Blue is happily driving along when he gets stuck in the mud alongside a big important dumper truck. Luckily, Blue has lots of farmyard friends who can help him back on the road. Recommended for ages 1+. Buy it here.
18. How to Catch A Star
By Oliver Jeffers
There was once a boy who loved stars so much. Every night he watched the stars in the sky form his bedroom window and dreamed of being their friend, until he decides to catch one of his very own. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
19. Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!
By Mo Willems
It’s getting late, and the bus driver is getting ready for bed. Do him a favour while he’s gone and make sure the pigeon doesn’t stay up too late! But, the pigeon is wide awake – will you let him stay up late? Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
20. From Head to Toe
By Eric Carle
A bright, lively introduction to body parts and movements. From gorillas to elephants and everything in between, this book invites young readers to clap, stomp, wriggle and bend. Recommended for ages 3+. Buy it here.
21. The Book That Never Ends
By Beck & Matt Stanton
Zigzag your way through this book. Your choices will take you to who-knows-where. Legend says that some people have reached the end, but the authors are not convinced. This book encourages kids to think outside the box and understand perception. Recommended for ages 4+. Buy it here.
22. Press Here
By Herve Tullet
Press here – just press the yellow dot, turn the page and see where this picture book will take you. Recommended for ages 2+. Buy it here.
23. Tricky’s Bad Day
By Alison Lester
Nothing is going right for Tricky today. Milk spills, pyjama buttons that don’t work, a little sister who wrecks his game… Tricky is having a very bad day, but then dad has an idea. Recommended for ages 2+. Buy it here.
24. Each Peach Pear Plum
By Allan and Janet Ahlberg
A beautifully illustrated book combining nursery rhymes with a game of ‘I spy’. Look at the pictures to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. Recommended for ages 1+. Buy it here.
25. Molly’s Magic Wardrobe
By Adam & Charlotte Guillain
With a whizz, a pop and a shower of stars, Molly is off to Fairyland. However, one of the fairies has lost the star from her wand, and only Molly can help her find it. Recommended for ages 5+. Buy it here.