Posted by: Natalie | February 20, 2010

Top Five . . .

The Top Five . . .

Children’s books every parent should own.

When a child first enters the world, they have to be taught about the beauty of books. These recommendations are the five books children should have, no matter what. They may simply be from my own experiences, but I think they are fabulous!

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I have to admit, I am not too sure just why this book is so unbelievably popular, but every child should have a copy! They cannot start school not knowing the story of the very hungry caterpillar! The pictures are enchanting and keep the child intrigued right to the very end.

2. The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The Ahlbergs made the most incredible books, this being, by far, my favourite. A beautifully illustrated book that allows you to snoop in a way that the Royal Mail would have you arrested for! Opening the mail of each of the characters, reading their stories and being allowed to enter, for a short time, into their world. I would also post ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ too, but it might be a little biased seen as the Ahlbergs feature again in this list. At Christmas there are puzzles and games also hidden within the envelopes!

3. Each, Peach, Pear, Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A gorgeous poetic tale about all our favourite fairytale characters, brought to you by the genius couple that created ‘The Jolly Postman’. Yet again, perfectly illustrated and should be enjoyed by all adults and children. A definite must have, encouraging children to scan pages to hunt for the hidden characters in each page.

4. ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson

This is a book from the creator of “The Gruffalo”, but is actually my preferred book of the two. Julia Donaldson writes wonderfully poetic picture books, telling exciting picture book tales. Her books are illustrated by Alex Scheffler who does an incredible job, telling so much more of the story. This particular book tells of a very friendly witch and her attempts to rescue those in peril. Sadly, her endeavours land her in even bigger trouble, facing a fearsome dragon. But, not to worry, she is rescued by those she had helped along the way.

5. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak

Now a film, which I have so far failed miserably in seeing, this is my ultimate kid’s book. This is the one that entrances me the most. Every child has had dreams like Max – whisked away at night by the monsters in the closet! Every child has misbehaved and been sent to their room with no stimulation, leaving their brains to believe and conjure lands that we adults can no longer imagine. In less the 400 words, Maurice Sendak creates a world that we would all love to be lost in. My favourite by far.


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