Children’s books – my recommendations

Children’s books – my recommendations

Author :Jo Whitfield , for ‘Spot A Childcare’

From a baby just able to sit up and touch the pages, to older children able to read to themselves, there is a wealth of fantastic books to choose from for all ages and interests, that can provide many hours of enjoyment, learning, and bonding opportunities. Here are some of my family’s favourites.

I don’t like to put the books into age categories as many can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages, and every child is different and will enjoy different books at different times. Let your child be your guide. But I have put my list in an order starting with books for the youngest readers, and gradually progressing.

That’s not my ….collection by Fiona Watt

That’s not my penguin, That’s not my monster, That’s not my puppy……There are many titles in this collection. The board pages make them robust and easy for little hands to turn, and the text is simple and repetitive, appealing to little ears. They’re also ‘touchy-feely’ books, with different textures for little hands to touch.

Picture books

When my child was still a toddler, a friend gave him a sort of scrap book of cuttings. They were just random pictures cut from magazines and stuck into a notepad. He loved looking though it with me. There were no words to read, we just sat and looked at the pictures, he pointed, I talked, sometimes he’d talk back.Learning to read is just one reason for enjoying a book together. There are many others. My child benefited just from spending some close special time with me, listening to my voice, and learning a little more about the big wide world through pictures.

Which brings me to another favourite:

You Choose by Pippa Goodhart

Again, no story here, and minimal words to read. It’s all about the pictures, and spending some time together. You each have to choose a place to live, a job you’d like, a hobby you’d like, a pet, what to wear, and so on. This was a favourite with my child for a number of years.

Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

Funny illustrations and rhyming verses made this book a favourite for my son who simply couldn’t hear it read too many times.

Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek

Suzy Goose wants to be different but eventually finds it’s fine to be a goose. Simple and funny, another book my son couldn’t get enough of.

Alfie collection by Shirley Hughes

This collection of books make a delightful read. Alfie is a 3 to 4 year old boy, and his simple experiences, and his feelings and responses to them are perfect for children of a similar age to relate to. Beautifully illustrated too.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

There is something very special about enjoying a book with your child which you can still distinctly remember enjoying yourself when you were a child. This book provided one of those special times. A timeless classic.

Dr Seuss

More timeless classics abound in the Dr Seuss collection of crazy rhymes and equally crazy illustrations. There’s often a message to be found in all the craziness too. Is it fair to exclude those Sneetches without stars? Why be afraid of those pale green pants? Why not just try those green eggs and ham?

Mr Gum collection by Andy Stanton

The characters and dialogue in these books is hilarious. Unique and original humour in these stories of good versus evil.

The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Don’t just watch the film or read the many abridged versions. The original classic, written in 1956, is a great read. An exciting adventure story that captures young imaginations with the concept of how dogs communicate and view us humans.

Roald Dahl books

Classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG are classics for a reason. These are a must read for any child, really letting their imaginations run wild.

Book recommendations from blog subscribers

The Shoe Shiner: A Timmy Bumbleburke Tale by Ricky McRoskey

Telling the tale of Timmy Bumbleburke, a Catholic lad in modern times who wants to start his own shoe-shining business after seeing a shoe shiner working on the city street, the book brings its readers magically back in time to St. Joseph’s workshop and home life in Nazareth to teach Timmy invaluable lessons about the power of prayer, the importance of virtue, the dignity of work, the crucial role of fatherhood, and the holiness of everyday life.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are so many books to choose from, and every family will find their own favourites. What books have been special in your family? Send your favourites to inclusion in a list of reader’s recommendations.