Our top 5 books for sharing with Children

11 Nov

Lily’s room is so full of books I sometimes wonder how we manage to fit anything else in there.  Every so often I have a

sort out and try to scale it down a bit but then a couple of days later I bring home another one from the charity shop!

I was going through her books just the other day and it got me thinking about our favourite books that we have

enjoyed sharing with her over the years.  We started reading most of these books to her at around 2 years old and

now, 2 and ahalf years later she still loves all of these and never gets bored of them.  I think it is a combintion of the

wonderful pictures and captivating storylines – we love these ones too!



Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Any book by Julia Donaldson gets our vote but this one is definitely one of our favourites, along with the Gruffalo of course.  This is a tale of a witch with long ginger hair who flys through the howling wind dropping her hat, her wand, her plait and her bow.  It almost ends in disaster when her broom snaps in two and she comes face to face with a dragon!






Each Peach Pear Plum 

This fantastic rhyming book is great for encouraging concentration as children are absorbed into the pictures searching for Tom Thumb, Goldilocks, The Three Bears and other characters.  A great early reader book.



The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to afternoon tea one day when who should come to the door but a tiger?  Mummy invites him in to join them and they have a lovely time.  They didn’t quite expect the Tiger to eat all the food from the cupboards and drink all the water from the tap though! When Daddy gets home there is nothing for him to have for tea, so they all go out into the night and have tea in a cafe.  Very exciting!





Owl Babies

Three Owl Babies sit patiently on their branch waiting for their Mummy to come home.  Darkness comes and the babies start to become anxious but then the book comes to a happy and reassuring ending when Mummy comes home to them! A beautiful book that leaves you with a warm, comforting feeling at bedtime!





We’re Going On a Bear Hunt

This story is great for sharing.  The pace gets faster and faster towards the end of the book and your child will get swept along with it.  Once you’ve read the book a few times your child will start to pick up the story with you, finishing the catchy rhymes until it comes to a thrilling end.


2 Responses to “Our top 5 books for sharing with Children”

  1. Zoe @ Playing by the book November 16, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    These are all such classics! Every child should have this set 🙂

  2. mummycentral April 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    I love your selection. Not only are they great to read aloud but they can be called upon when you need to develop games and imaginings. I can’t count the number of times the bear hunt has helped me encourage tired children to walk long enough to get us home.

    Thanks for linking to Parentonomy.

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