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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