9 Books You NEED On Your Child’s Bookcase

Obviously reading (and writing) are really important in our household. English was my favourite subject at school and I love losing myself in the pages of a book. We started buying books for Henry before he was born. I was keen to buy my old favourites and there’s still some on my list I haven’t bought such as “The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark” and “The Rainbow Fish” but Henry’s found his own favourites.

So here’s a list of the books we spend our lives reading. Some he loves now, others he doesn’t read as often anymore but still remembers them fondly.

1. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen and illustrations by Helen Oxenbury


I remember us reading this to Henry when I was pregnant with Archie (we did our very first vlog on Gareth’s channel, watch that here). I think he had just turned 2 in that video and you can see how much he loved it, even then. And once the mini film was shown on Christmas Eve last year, the book and the film became a daily occurrence. Both boys couldn’t get enough!

2. The Dinosaur who Pooped a Planet – Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

Toilet humour is funny at any age right? We own all 4 books in this series and Henry loves them all but the planet one is his favourite. So much so that it’s ripped and tatty. But that’s the sign of a well loved book!

3. Monstersaurus – Claire Freedman and illustrations by Ben Cort

We got this book in the 3 for £5 deal The Works have on and it’s been a firm favourite ever since. It’s got everything an inquisitive mind could want, inventing, monsters and ending with a great, big…KISS!

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

Everyone’s heard of The Very Hungry Caterpillar haven’t they? This book recently celebrated its 45th birthday (although it’ll be 50 in 2019), that shows how well loved it is. This was one of the books we bought Henry before he was born and he can now read it to himself.


5. Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell and illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

My mum used to read this book to me and my siblings when we were small (we had bedtime stories right up to the age of about 10!) so it holds special memories for me. A lovely story about a lazy farmer, a hardworking duck and the help of his friends to make him happy again.

6. Five Minutes Peace – Jill Murphy 

As a parent, five minutes peace is all I want! Jill Murphy books always remind me of reading books at school in the library. Henry also loves another one of her books, Peace at Last, which we actually borrowed from our local library. If you’ve never read any of her books, I highly recommend.

7. Elmer – David McKee

Another classic. This one is actually from Gareth’s childhood and he bought this for the boys. There’s a few Elmer books (we also have the Christmas one). What’s not to love about a patchwork rainbow elephant?


8. Barry, the Fish with Fingers and the Hairy Scary Monster – Sue Hendra

These books are a recent find for us. Another book from The Works deal, we got them because the titles caught our eye. We also have No-Bot, Kevin, the Cat with the Magic Hat and Doug the Bug. These are plain silly, which is exactly what you want when reading with toddlers. Making reading fun will instill a love of it, hopefully staying with them for the rest of their lives.

9. Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? – Julie Middleton

We actually bought this on our recent visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park . Henry’s latest interest in dinosaurs and named within this book are 5 dinosaurs, all of which Henry can now read the names of. He’s read it every night since we went to the zoo, which was about a month ago.

Do you have any other books you’d add to my list? I’ve got so many classic books I absolutely love, it was hard to whittle it down to a readable list! Let me know what you read to your littles, I might find a new favourite!

Shannon x


2 Responses

  1. We love barry the fish with fingers! I love reading stories to Zoe and cannot wait for her to start to learn to read – reading is such a huge part of my childhood.

    • peanutandsprout says:

      Same here, reading stories with my mum is such a cherished memory for me. I’m looking forward to the books he’ll read when he’s older. Harry Potter, Narnia and The Faraway Tree are already on the list!

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