There are numerous reasons why books and reading are essential to your child's development. The more books children read, the faster their vocabulary is expanded and reading at bedtime is a wonderful bonding experience that nourishes their emotional development. Reading books regularly also stimulates their imagination and helps foster natural curiosity. The list of benefits really does go on and on!
Building a library for your little ones can be lots of fun. Today we're sharing 10 books that we think no child should be without...
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A classic, and one children never tire of. Carle’s illustrations are perfect, and the caterpillar’s transformation to butterfly never ceases to amaze little readers.
2. The Gruffaloby Julia Donaldson
Perhaps the most well known of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s picture books, We're yet to meet a child that hasn’t fallen in love with the fantastical world of the Gruffalo and that cunning brown mouse. The truth is, every title produced by this talented duo is worth owning. Stick Man, The Snail and the Whale and Room on the Broom are all firm favourites at Gigi Brooks HQ.
3. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
A fun lift-the-flap book that always seems to make little ones giggle.
4. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
We think every child needs a full complement of Beatrix Potter books, but this is the obvious place to start. For the uninitiated, it tells the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden!
5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Now in its 65th year, Goodnight Moon remains one of the best ways to send tired children off to sleep. We recommend reading this aloud from birth, just be prepared for many years of whispering goodnight to every object in your child’s bedroom to follow6. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
This book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is a joy to read aloud and never fails to inspire fun and games, bringing new meaning to a stomp across a field, a wander through the woods or a run along the beach with your children!
7. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
An uplifting tale of an unlikely friendship between a boy and a penguin, the unique illustrations and clever storytelling give this book a dreamlike quality that children will adore. Jeffers' books are definitely future classics, we can recommend them all!
8. Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
An innovative and fun-filled look at the problem of fussy eating, this classic, Kate Greenaway Medal-Winning picture book is guaranteed to make dinner time fun.
9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
A timeless masterpiece, Sendak's classic picture book is wildly imaginative and great fun to read.
10. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss -
The wacky characters, colourful illustrations, playful use of language and wisdom woven throughout the pages of Dr. Seuss's books makes them essential to any collection. The wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat is one of the most popular characters in children’s fiction, and this book is ideal for budding readers to tackle on their own.
Are there any must-haves you would add to our list? Which books do your children love to read?
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