Let me start by saying that this is possibly one of the most difficult Lisotgraphys I have had to write as my entire life has been filled with pages and pages of precious, well-loved books. We are steadily filling our chidldren’s lives with books too and so choosing just five favourites is a really big ask. Instead, I crouched down infront of the big one’s big book case and I picked five at random, since they are all much-read and definitely favourites all the same.
Room on The Broom by Julia Donaldson
Actually, you could insert any Julia Donaldson/ Axel Scheffler combo in here because they are all fantastic chidlren’s books. I love to read them with voices and animations and the big one has loved reading along, joining in and pedicting the rhymes. Brilliant stuff.
2. Into The Forest by Anthony Browne
Anthony Browne is an extremely clever children’s writer and his books are so atmospheric. This one has stunning illustrations (as do all of his books) and we play a game of spotting the other fairytales in the pictures. All of Anthony Browne’s books are well loved in this house and not just by the chidlren.
3. The Jolly Postman by Allen and Janet Ahlberg
Fantastic book. Children just love opening the little envelopes and the big one is always delighted with the ‘paper pennies’ in Goldilock’s birthday card. This book (and the Christmas Jolly Postman) was my little sister’s favourite as a child and she very kindly passed them on to us. Classic children’s book.
4. All Join In by Quentin Blake
This book has been my bible as an infant teacher. It has rhythm, rhyme, pitch and humour. It teaches turn taking, listening skills and helps with poetry reading and writing. The big one still loves reading this one over and over and we have Nanny to thank for that!
5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Those who are familiar with this do not need me to explain. I have devoted an entire week to this book at school. As a parent and a teacher we have been on bear hunts to dark smelly caves and through swishy swashy grass. We have hunted for that bear and we have read this book over and over and over again. We have silly voices, a song and many actions. We know the words by heart. A mark of a truly great children’s book.