Top 4 Small Children’s Books

Top 4 Small Children’s Books the ones we reach for day after day. Ones that shine through the others and ones we will never tire of reading. My 3 little people love reading books, or in the twins cases having them read to them. I wanted to share with you guys some of our favourite books at the minute, one especially holds a very fond place in my heart. I also love the fact that my children have been drawn to books I also adored myself.


Top 4 Small Children’s Books

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

I actually got this book as a gift when I had my 1st baby 16 years ago, such a special book in my house and the wording is just so beautiful. Sam the author also worked with my mother for many years as a teacher so I think you can see why I adore it so much. Its hard backed as well so a great investment for smalls. The illustrations are light and expressive and draw you right into the fabulous story which of course is about the love shared between 2 hares.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

I’m a massive Gruff fan and so is one of my twins Logan. I absolutely adore the book as much as the film. Its funny and little people are drawn into the world of the Gruffalo and his friends especially the mouse the somewhat main character as he explores and makes his way through a forest. The book is actually based on Chinese Folk Tale where a fox borrows the terror of a tiger. We have the book plus a little box set which is the perfect size for little hands to hold. As with Guess how much I love you there are so many items available now with the characters from either illustrated on it.

Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss

Another massive love in my house both on screen and in paperback is The Cat in the Hat. What a fabulous imaginary adventure, enough to brighten anybody’s dull day. The story centered around the cute cat with the massive red and white striped hat and bow tie. A magical story from beginning to end, featuring a fish and my favourites Thing 1 and Thing 2.

That’s Not My Monster Fiona Watt

I was actually introduced to this book in my twins nursery waiting area. It’s now a firm favourite, to the point it needs read every day and there is a queue of other children waiting to get their small hands on it. It’s bright and illustrated but with added feel detailing which is great for little people. The story is about a child learning that’s it’s not their monster by using the touch features on each page, fabulous for learning and sensory awareness, its a winner from toddlers up, plus its hard backed so more durable.


Which books do your children like, or yourself when you were growing up?




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  • Reply

    What a great list! We love a lot of the same here. My LO is obsessed with the Usborne “That’s not my…” series. So good for sensory development! Thanks for sharing!

    4th January 2017 at 11:59 am
  • Reply makesbakesanddecor

    My little boy has inherited my love of books and he looks forward to story time every night! We haven’t read any of these ones together but they read the gruffalo at his nursery and he loves it! I really need to invest in a copy ?
    Lianne @ Makes, Bakes and Decor

    4th January 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Amber DiMaio

    Love reading with my littles, and I love your list!! We especially love The Gruffalo.

    4th January 2017 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply brigettedanielle

    haven’t heard of “that’s not my monster”, I will have to check into it! We love “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly”!

    4th January 2017 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply chelseajacobs

    I love Guess How Much I Love You! So sweet.

    4th January 2017 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    I absolutely love children’s books. Julia Donaldson is a genius and in addition to the Gruffalo all of my three children loved Room on The Broom. As they got older they also loved the Usborne adventure books where they had to solve a puzzle on each page to continue the story. It’s pretty hard to get these books in stores but you can order them online via Amazon etc they are great because they start with junior puzzle books and then progress to harder levels as the children age. Lots of fun.

    4th January 2017 at 7:48 pm
    • Reply A Day In The Life Of A Mum Of 6

      What a fabulous tip. I will definitely try and search for my 5 year old. Thanks for the comment very helpful 🙂

      4th January 2017 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Raluca Loteanu

    I am very glad you wrote about children books, I was looking for some inspiration. In the weekend I went to the bookstore, but I only bought some activity books. Next time I will certainly buy some story books. Thank you for the inspiration!

    4th January 2017 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh

    I’ve read three of the four to my kiddos and I agree, these are all wonderful books. My fav is The Cat in the Hat! Thank you for sharing your list!!

    5th January 2017 at 12:19 am
  • Reply sunshineandmunchkins

    I love having cute books for my kids. One of my favorites is Plant A Kiss, but I also love some of the classics I grew up with like the Little Critter series.

    5th January 2017 at 5:58 am
  • Reply Belle

    Guess How Much I Love You is a favorite in our house. I’ve yet to get the other books listed here.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    5th January 2017 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Mar

    These are all great books! My daughter is still in the board book phase – we love Brown Bear, Brown Bear!

    5th January 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    These were some of our faves when my children were little too! On the Night You Were Born is another favorite! 🙂

    5th January 2017 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Vicki | Cake Escapes

    Great choices, they are all definitely ‘must haves’!

    We love Toddle Waddle by Julia Donaldson – it’s a great book to teach little ones the pattern of reading. The Pip and Posy books are also favourites.

    For Christmas my girls got ‘Just Imagine’ and ‘You Choose’. We love looking through them together, talking about all the pictures and making up our own stories.

    We can never have enough books!

    5th January 2017 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply katykicker

    I can’t wait to read the Dr Seuss books to my daughter – very exciting!

    6th January 2017 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I love the Guess how much book. It’s one of our favourites

    6th January 2017 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply evenangelsfall89

    We adore the gruffalo and cat in the hat ? Xx

    6th January 2017 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply oddhogg

    We love the “That’s not my…” range. We have the piglet one for my Piglet

    6th January 2017 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Clare Barnett

    Cat in Hat is one of my youngest’s favourites. My favourite when growing up was Dogger, I still love reading it to my kids. x

    6th January 2017 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Babies and Beauty

    These are all firm favourites here too!! Particularly the Gruffalo, along with all the actions and scary voices haha.

    Emily xxx

    6th January 2017 at 10:41 pm
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