My Top 5 Picture Books for Young Children.

I was nominated to take part in this post over at Kids story world who kindly asked me to join in and share my favourite children’s books! Well, I love children’s books so here are mine! I have chosen picture books that I use in my job at a teacher. I’m currently teaching in a UK school in Year 1. Children of age 5 and 6 love these stories read to them. I feel very passionately that children need to be read to for as long as possible. Literacy is one of the most important gifts we can give to our children.

I have written posts about reading if you would like to read them;
How can I install a love of reading in my child?
How can I help my child to read?
Share your top 5 and then nominate 5 people!
1. Thank whoever’s nominated you and share their blog link
2. Let us know your top 5 children’s books
3. Nominate 5 people to do the same
4. Let your nominees know you nominated them
1. Old Bear by Jane Hissey

Old Bear by Jane Hissey

I love these classic stories and children love them too. Even though they are 30 years old now,  they still delight children who love the fact that the toys come to life and have adventures. The adventures are simple but funny.
2. Pass the Jam Jim by Kaye Umansky & Margaret Chamber

Pass the Jam Jim by Umansky & Chamberlain

I first read this story to my own children and with the rhyme and alliteration, it makes it a story that children love to hear again and again. There is a second book called, “You can swim, Jim,” which just as lovely. I use this in class too as a starter for work on rhyme and alliteration and use the children’s names as a starter.
3. A Squash & a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

A Squash & a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Well, I had to include one by Julia Donaldson didn’t I! She is one of the best children’s writers and has written so many great stories! I love this one as it is so simple. Children love it as they can see what will happen as the story is read to them. Like all her books, it is very clever as the story is simple yet really appeals to young children; I never get tired of reading it! I must have read it hundreds of times.
4. Percy’s Bumpy Ride by Nick Butterworth

Percy’s Bumpy Ride by Nick Butterworth

I love Percy Park Keeper! I think his adventures are just so lovely for young children. Stories that children can relate to are the best and I love the little park creatures in these books are delightful (especially the hedgehog 😍). In school, I have used these stories again and again as they are great form topic work, especially for Reception aged children.
5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I discovered this book over 25 years ago when I visited the US on a school exchange as part of my university course. I managed to have a copy for 10 years but then lost it! About 3 years ago, I ordered this copy from Amazon as it is difficult to get in the UK. I adore the message in this story and use it in assemblies or with older children.
I hope you have enjoyed my favourite books for young children.
I nominate anyone who would like to join in!
You may also like to check out Norah’s page where she shares her wisdom as an educator through some amazing games and activities for young children. Here is a link to her site:

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  • Ah, Percy the Park keeper! I remember reading this when I was at school I don’t think I’ve read any of the others, but I particularly like the look of Old Bear #FamilyFunLinky

  • We love the Giving Tree too! Lovely list, so important to build their love for books from early on! #familyfunlinky

    • Im so glad! its a lovely, lovely book but always makes me sad!!

  • I love The Giving Tree. What a powerful message it contains. Anything Julia Donaldson is fabulous. I tried to get Pass the Jam Jim but couldn’t find it anywhere. The others I’m not familiar with, but look forward to becoming so.
    Thanks for the mention and the link. 🙂

    • You are welcome! I thought I would add ‘Pass the jam Jim@ so you could see it! Its works so well with little ones…The Giving tree is not available here in the UK but I managed to get it from Amazon!

      • I’m not sure if I looked for Jim’s Jam on Amazon, but I think I saw a review or a video of it, so got the idea. It looks cute. I’m not keen on purchasing from Amazon. Postage to Australia is exorbitant (usually twice the price of the book) and takes forever. 🙁

        • Well that’s true! You’ll have to make a trip to the Uk and put it on your list!

  • I love The Giving Tree! Even though my kids don’t read those books anymore I still have it on my book shelf. It’s one of those books I will probably keep forever. Maybe even read to my grandchildren someday:)

    • Its tricky to get if you are in the Uk but it is great to read to slightly older children (aged 7 plus)

  • Ahhh how lovely. Great selection of books. I used to love Old Bear as a child. I shall have to get a copy and read it to my little girl. X #FamilyFunLinky

  • Old bear!! Omg I haven’t seen that for years! I never fail to be impressed by Julia Donaldson books, how she makes everything rhyme isnbeyond me. Imlovd the sound of the giving tree, I think I might look into getting my hands on that! Thanks for or joining us T #familyfun

    • I know! Old bear is old but kids adore him! Thanks for commenting 😍

  • Mine all loved Julia Donaldson books, I bought them all as they were growing up. I loved reading those books to all mine, we got so much enjoyment from them all as well as other books.
    I still have first editions and wont part with them. #MondayStumble

    • OOh First Editions! That’s great. I have a First edition Harry Potter…..;)

  • We love Percy Park Keeper! I’d never heard of them before but my son chose one last year called A Snowy Night and he’s loved it ever since. And of course every child needs to read A Squash and a Squeeze! #coolmumclub

    • Oh theres so many Percy the Park keeper ones and they are all genius! Glad your boy loves them too. Xx

  • Ah, some lovely books in your top five. I wonder how I’d ever choose! We all love a JD book, but I like the sound of the giving tree – might help my five year old grasp the concept of charity which she’s embarrassingly bad at!
    Thanks so much for linking to #coolmumclub

  • You know how much I love Julia Donaldson and A Squash and A Squeeze has to be one of our faves too. I haven’t come across the others though and we’re always looking for new books to read at bedtime. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

    • Oh you will love Percy Park keeper ! And Old Bear!

  • Oooh what a lovely idea for a tag – I may have to do this sometime. A squash and a squeeze is a firm favourite in our house and we’e had the Percy the Parkkeeper book from the library I don’t know the other ones so must try and find them. I LOVE the sound of the ‘giving tree’. #thesatsesh xx

    • Yes! It is a lovely tag I agree. Would love to know urs. Xx

  • Getting ready for my wife to pop one out, I’m thinking I had better take up reading soon 😉 These will be a great start!

    • Thank you Michael and congrats! The journey begins……x

  • These look like fab choices, we are big Julia Donaldson fans in our house but we are missing that one! I will have to get it! #KLTR

    • Oh it’s the best one in my collection! Thank you for commenting. X

  • We love The Giving Tree. Some of the others we haven’t read yet. Thank you for sharing your list with us!

  • My daughter got a Squash and a Squeeze for Christmas, it’s really fun isn’t it? Nick Butterworth books are always fab and I love the look of The Giving Tree. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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