We can all spot a good or bad children’s book, can’t we? As an English teacher, I would consider myself quite discerning when it comes to books for adults, although we all have our personal choices. Similarly, when it comes to children’s books, I believe there really is the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ and I guess that’s why some of the ‘classics’ on my list have been around for years.
It would be good to know other people’s favourites and any other little gems that I don’t know about.
1) Elmer the Elephant by David McKee. A classic first published in 1989. A tale about a multi-coloured elephant who doesn’t feel like he ‘fits-in’ – eventually he does so it has an important underlying message about diversity (lol!)
2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Another classic first published in 1969! Who doesn’t love this book as the caterpillar chomps through all the lovely food. Ours is a little ripped from when Ed used to put his fingers through the holes. It’s also a good quick read if everyone’s too tired for a long story!
3) Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. One of our favourite authors. The story rhymes and is a lovely tale about Stick Man trying to get home to his family. Also, a TV adaptation.
4) George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell. Well written and funny – about a mouse called George who scares dragons. Ed also loves dragons and castles.
5) Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson. A lovely story about sharing a home. Again, perhaps another moral message about ‘sharing’ and ‘compromise’ ha ha.
6) Alfie Weather by Shirley Hughes. Published in 2001 – beautifully illustrated by the author. This is part of the ‘Alfie’ series of books. My husband’s favourite.
7) The Three Billy Goats Gruff – originally a Norwegian fairy tale. We love it.
8) The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. Beautifully illustrated story about finding a little ‘Bog Baby’ in a pond.
9) We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. He’s an awesome poet and you can sing along to the story. Also, a TV adaptation which is quite sad at the end!
10) The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Another classic published in 1999. The Gruffalo is tricked by a little mouse. Clever little mouse!
11) Mog stories by Judith Kerr. Lovely stories and beautifully illustrated. We also love cats!
12) Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Another classic from 1967! Naughty Max is sent to bed with no supper and a forest than grows in his room….
13) Brambly Hedge stories by Jill Barklem. Published in 1980. Lovely little seasonal stories about the mice of Brambly Hedge. Great pictures too.
14) The Mr Men books by Roger Hargreaves. Quite wordy in places but Ed loves some of the characters.
15) A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. This was my father’s favourite author and so, although it probably for when Ed is older, I like to read it at Christmas.
There are probably many more that I could add, Beatrix Potter books for example. I would love to know your favourites!