Recommended Books

I am a great fan of reading to your child and cannot emphasise enough how important it is.  It gives children so many fabulous skills in the area of communication, such as listening, attention, vocabulary, word classes (e.g. animals, food, vehicles) understanding of language, phonetics, rhyme - just to mention a few.  So many opportunities for your young child all wrapped up in one book!
I have listed some of my favourite titles below.  These are just a selection and it is by no means a complete list.  You will have your own favourites.  I love the fact that some of these books were around when I was a child and they are still being loved by the next generation.
Are You My Mother?                                           Philip D. Eastman
Where the Wild Things Are                               Maurice Sendak
Green Eggs and Ham                                  Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat                                       Dr Seuss
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy        Lynley Dodd
The Very Hungry Caterpillar                        Eric Carle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear                            Bill Martin, Jr
The Rainbow Fish                                       Marcus Pfister
Guess How Much I Love You                     Sam Bratney
Goodnight Moon                                          Margaret Wise Brown
The Giving Tree                                           Shel Silverstein
The King of Quizzical Island                            Gordon Snell
Crazy Hair                                                             Neil Gaiman
One Night in the Zoo                                         Judith Kerr
Timmy the Tug                                                     Thames and Hudson
The Chicken Thief                                               Beatrice Rodriguez
The Wonky Donkey                                            Craig Smith
The Word Witch                                                   Margaret Mahy

Old Huhu                                                     Kyle Mewburn

My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes                    Eve Sutton

The Fizzy Orange Soft Drink                       Janet Slater Bottin

Bertie and the Bear                                     Pamela Allen

Fancy That! Who Sank the Boat?               Pamela Allen

The Little Yellow Digger                              Betty Gilderdale

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go         Richard Scarry

Mr Grumpy’s Motor Car                              John Burningham

Where’s Spot?                                            Eric Hill

Dear Zoo                                                     Rod Campbell

The Gruffalo                                                Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child                                    Julia Donaldson

The Snail and the Whale                             Julia Donaldson


And do not forget the wonderful DK range of beautiful photographs of objects.


Enjoy reading with your little one.