It’s one of my great joys as a parent that my two children have discovered a love of books.
I mean a LOVE of books.
We could create little houses with all the picture books, novelty books, fairy stories, fables, classics and Mr Men books crammed onto their shelves.
And then this fabulous Tidy Books childrens bookcase came through the post.
This has changed our book reading habits.
We can actually see all our books now.
Look, there’s one of my favourites Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear. It’s not hidden behind a million other books.
Although their reading tastes have changed over the years (Dan is now into Beast Quest and The Spiderwick Chronicles) there are some which have enchanted both of my children and still do today.
And so, in no particular order, our favourite 10 children’s books:
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
There is a reason it’s a modern day classic: Easy to read, engaging, fun and all told to a fabulously simple rhyme. Plus it has that slight element of danger so you can use your myriad of scary voices to great effect *ahem*!
Boomerang Bear by Stuart Trotter
When Eddy decides he’s too old for a teddy bear he tries to get rid of the little bear away. But the little bear keeps coming back – in more and more elaborate ways! Then Eddy finally succeeds: but has he made the right decision. A bit of a tear-jerker and a great book for Christmas. Hint: Santa gets involved.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
This author just has the best sense of humour, making children chuckle but also thinking of the parents reading the book too. The naked mole rats get a bit of a rude awakening when one of their fold starts to wear – SHOCK – clothes!
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
A beautifully illustrated, touching and captivating story of a boy who befriends a lost penguin and sets off on an adventure to return his friend to the South Pole.
What’s in the Witches Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt
A favourite because it’s a little bit rude! A lift the flap, rhyming book which guarantees giggles as they discover ‘rabbit plops’ or ‘nasty goblin’s wee’. Daft.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
What is it about Julia that makes kids (and parents) love her books so? We’ve got all her picture books, but this one about a witch who takes a menagerie of creatures onto her broom is one they come back to time and time again.
Pants by Giles Andreae
The title alone should tell you why they love this one! I think it’s probably based on the fact that everyone finds pants funny. Written in a sing songy rhyme, it’s just lots and lots of pants: “Small pants, big pants, giant frilly pig pants…”
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
And speaking of bonkers, this classic take of a brother and sister who are bored one rainy day and are visited by said Cat in the Hat who causes mischief and mayhem is still as loved today as it was when I was a girl. Bonkers.
Bee-Wigged by Cece Bell
Jerry Bee disguises himself as a real boy by wearing a wig because all he wants to do is fit in, and he can’t because he’s, well, a giant bee and everyone is afraid of him. But once he puts that wig on everyone’s attitude to him changes! A lovely lovely story of friendship and not judging others by the way they look.
My Mum is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth
Are yours similar?
The children actually built and filled the bookshelf themselves – it’s that easy.
And looky right there. Over on the right. See the Tidy Books badge? That’s your discount if you want to invest in one of these beauties too.