How many books do your kids have? Mine have loads, most of which never get looked at. They each seem to have their one or two favourites and the rest just sit on the shelf. I think I was the same when I was little. Back in the ’80s and ’90s before all these electronics really took off, books were an easy Christmas or Birthday gift (Guinness book of records right?!). However, there are only a certain few that I can really remember reading.
For me, any Roald Dahl (but in particular, Georges Marvellous Medicine!) or when I was a bit older, Judy Blume – will be the top of my childhood books but what books do kids love these days? About a year ago I introduced Isaiah to Roald Dahl and we are slowly making our way through his books together. He has also become a fan of David Walliams. Flinn is still needing books with lots of brightly coloured pictures and Hudson, well he is still blown away by the magic of a lift the flap book!
With my 3 boys all having their birthdays in the second half of the year and finishing off with Christmas (not to mention the endless school friends’ birthday parties), I have spent the last few months thinking of children’s gift ideas. Father Christmas always likes to include a book in my boy’s stockings so I have found myself wondering what are the best books for kids?
I asked around a few other Mums and have put it all together in this list. To find out more about any of the books, click the image or the highlighted text and it will take you straight to it.
I started reading I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year with my 2-year-old and 9 months later we are both still loving it every night. – Liona
Gigantosaurus is Elian’s favourite. It’s like the boy who cried wolf but with dinosaurs! We read it multiple times a week, but I love it too to be honest, could probably manage it without the book now! – Chantele
Dear Zoo has been the first favourite for all 3 of my boys. We make sounds for each animal – Claire
My 4 year old loves anything Dr Seuss! Our favourite book to read together is Oh The Places You’ll Go! – Rebecca
A Squash And A Squeeze. My daughter has known it off by heart since she was 3. We love it. – Rosie
Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson. Our copy is mostly held together with sellotape now! – Cait
My boys love Hurry Up and Slow Down!! Such a lovely story and an alternate take on the tortoise and Hare story! – Jaymee
At the moment, my son’s favourite books are the Oi books, with Oi Duck-billed Platypus topping the charts at night. So funny! – Catherine
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What Wesley Wore by Sam Langley-Swain is a fantastic picture book for young school-age children. We love how it boldly looks at bullying from both sides, with the theme of acceptance at its heart. Annette
My 7-year-old daughter’s favourite book is The Book with No Pictures (by B. J. Novak). She finds it absolutely hilarious getting adults to read it! – Victoria
The Tiger Who Came to Tea was a big hit with both of my children! They also both love the Alfie and Annie Rose series by Shirley Hughes (as do I as it reminds me of my childhood!!) and we all love the Paddington Bear books! – Ella
My son’s favourite has got to be Jack And The Jelly Beanstalk! A great twist on an old classic. – Lisa
The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray. It’s such an adorable story about the lifecycle of a raindrop. – Kelly-Anne
Where to start!? Harry And The Bucket Full Of Dinosaurs is a favourite for us – my son is called, you guessed it, Harry! And he has his own bucket of dinosaurs too – Amy
My 7-year-old loves his DK encyclopedias. He has the animal one, the shark one, and currently carries the Super Bug one around! – Zoe
At the moment Freddie is loving Dinosaur Munch. It’s about a diplodocus that never stops eating! He is Dinosaur crazy after our two visits to see Dippy the Diplodocus. – Victoria
My three-year-old son loves bedtime stories but his absolute favourite (according to him tonight anyway) is Usborne Phonics Readers Fox On A Box because he said (his words) it has cake in it and he loves cake!! So there you go, what a great reason for loving a book! I love reading him Tomorrow I’ll be Brave by Jessica Hische as he’s shy and I think it helps explain it’s ok to be shy and that he is brave. He also loves snuggling up to this story too. – Rowena
Zog is my 3-year-olds favourite story at the moment and every time you suggest something for her to do, she says ‘what a good idea’ like the story. The Horrible Histories series is what my 8-year-old is loving at the moment. – Faith
Calm Down Time by Elizabeth Verdick. I’m big on emotional management and agree with the statement that EQ is more important than IQ in the long run. This book is the reason why my 4-year-old can now articulate his feelings and will even try and help me calm down when I’m upset. I credit it too for minimising tantrums at home. – Jade
Julian Is A Mermaid is my current favourite! We love children’s fiction here! I love this particular book for its beautiful illustration & simple yet poignant plot. – Lucy
Oi Frog! She absolutely loves it and thinks she can read it herself because she knows all the words! (she’s only 2!) It rhymes and is super fun, I really laughed at it the first time I read it! I read it 5 days per week at least and I still enjoy it! – Nicola
The BFG is my 6-year-olds favourite. He reads along while listening to the audiobook. – Emma
My kids love The Night Zookeeper series because they are full of adventure and creativity, absolutely anything is possible. – Sabina
Plus, when I asked what the best books for kids are on the Northamptonshire Mums and Kids Facebook and Twitter pages this was what they said…
I’m a grandma but my granddaughter LOVES The Lost Words by Jackie Morris – Jane
The Wizard of Oz series – Heather
If Kisses Were Colours – Renee
Izzy The Very Bad Burglar! By Amy Proud – Jennifer
The Mixed-Up Cameleon – Rachel
It seems Roald Dahl is still a family favourite along with more recent authors such as Julia Donaldson and Aaron Blabey joining him. The books, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Oi Cat, The Gruffalo and Dear Zoo are favourites in our house.
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With thanks to, Claire, Michelle, Chantele, Christy, Annette, Jaymee, Rebecca, Cait, Rosie, Jennifer, Jane, Kirsti, Liona, Catherine, Kelly-Anne, Ella, Victoria, Faith, Nicola, Rowena, Victoria, Bethanie, Amy, Sabina, Charlotte, Emma, Lucy, Jade,
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