Our Favourite Books

For this blog post, I collaborated with my three year old (who has very strong opinions).  I’ve always loved books, owning enough to fill a small public library.  So far it would seem that my girls are following in my footsteps with their love of books too.  I wanted to share with you some of our favourite books (I’ve tried to vary the authors).  These are our top ten books;

  1. The Gruffalo/The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson: (OK, I’m cheating as this is technically two books!)  We have read, own and love all of the Julia Donaldson books.  They’re fun easy reads, beautifully illustrated, and they rhyme (we love books that rhyme).
  2. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
  3. The Day the Crayons Came Home – Drew Daywalt: We absolutely love these two books.  They’re a fun concept and leave my three year old giggling with each page.
  4. Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans: I loved these stories as a child, and hunted high and low to find them for our girls.  They are stories about a young girl who lives in a boarding home in Paris and the day-to-day adventures/experiences she encounters.
  5. Dr Seuss books: (OK, I’m really cheating this time, but it was impossible to choose just one book!)  These stories are cleverly written, and contain important life lessons.
  6. Beatrix Potter stories: Both of my girls love these stories, and again they were a firm favourite of mine when I was younger too.  My eldest loves any story that contains Peter Rabbit or Tom Kitten (there are a lot of similarities between them and her!)  My youngest loves any story with Jemima Puddleduck in as she is bird mad!
  7. Ten Little series – Mike Brownlow: (as you can tell, picking just ten books didn’t work out!)  We love these stories.  They are fun rhyming books which help encourage children to count down from ten using a range of themes.  Our favourite ones include; princesses, pirates, monsters and dinosaurs.
  8. Magic Key books – Roderick Hunt: As a teacher (although secondary Mathematics), I love these.  Primary schools usually use these to help children learn to read, our favourite are the magic key stories.  These are about the adventures that the main characters (Biff, Chip, Wilf, Wilma, Kipper and Floppy) go on.  They range in difficulty which is perfect for when your little ones are beginning to read independently.
  9. Winnie the Pooh – A. A. Milne: I can’t tell you how many times I read these books as a child.  I still have the treasury book that was given to me as a baby for my Christening.  We love the stories of Pooh bear and his friends.
  10. Funny Bones – Allan Ahlberg: Even as an adult I can still recite these stories.  These are fun stories based around a big skeleton, little skeleton and a dog skeleton!

We love discovering new stories, pop a comment below or on my latest IG post to tell us your favourite books.



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