We are always on the lookout for new books so I wanted to share with you some of our favourite books that the boys have enjoyed time and time again.
Origin of the Species by Sabina Radeva
A lovely picture book which retells Darwin's on the Origin of Species. Suitable for slightly older kids, it is full of information, diagrams and maps and is beautifully illustrated.
Oi Frog! by Kes Gray
And Oi Dog! And Oi Cat! You probably only need one as they're pretty similar but the boys love the rhyming, silly names and pictures. Another great book by Kes Grey is You're Called What?! Hilarious to read and there are some great facts at the back for inquisitive minds.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
I love it when we find books that I enjoy reading as much as the kids and this is a really funny story, for both adults and children. I also love the follow up book, The Day the Crayons Came Home. The boys laugh out loud at both books.
Look for Ladybird in Plant City
This is my go to gift for preschooler birthdays! It's a search and find picture book rather than a meaty story but it can occupy a child for hours. It's a lovely book to cuddle up with on the couch and look through with your child. There is so much detail on the pictures that you never run out of things to look for. Every time I've introduced someone to this book, they always comment on how great it is.
Nature Series by Walker Books
This collection of non fiction books is by various authors and covers different nature topics in an easily digestible format. Our favourites are Big Blue Whale, All Pigs Are Beautiful, Growing Frogs, Walk With a Wolf, Polar Bear and Caterpillar Butterfly. They are educational, easy to read and have lovely illustrations. Highly recommend.
And not forgetting...Julia Donaldson
Of course it wouldn't be a complete list of picture books without a few Julia Donaldson titles but we've selected the ones that have more gentle themes. My two sensitive children found some of her books a little scary or sad - The Smartest Giant In Town is a great story but Roo finds it too sad to read.
Our favourites are The Snail and the Whale and Tiddler. They both have a nice flow, nothing too scary and happy endings! And more recently they have been enjoying The Ugly Five.
What are your favourite picture books to read with your children?