10 children’s books everyone must read

Children’s books are the best books.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child or a fully grown adult, these 10 books, in no particular order, are absolute must-reads. Reading to my son is, without a doubt, one of my favourite things (and there are many!) about being a parent.

As you’ll soon see, Julia Donaldson is one of my favourite children’s authors. Her brilliantly written stories are so enjoyable to read aloud.

How many of these books have you read?

The Gruffalo

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. “Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my underground house.” “It’s terribly nice of you, Fox, but no – I’m going to have lunch with a Gruffalo”

The Gruffalo’s Child

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. “Why not? Why not?” “Because if you do, The Big Bad Mouse will be after you.”

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and-pop!-out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”

Where The Wild Things Are

Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak

“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind – and another – his mother called him “WILD THING!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything.”

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared. Uh-uh! Grass! Long wavy grass. We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!”

Owl Babies

Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson

“Once there were tree baby owls: Sarah and Percy and Bill. They lived in a hole in the trunk of a tree with their Owl Mother. The hole had twigs and leaves and owl feathers in it. It was their house.”

The Snail And The Whale

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

“This is a tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. This is a rock as black as soot, and this is a snail with an itchy foot.”

Monkey Puzzle

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

“I’ve lost my mum!” “Hush little monkey, don’t you cry. I’ll help you find her,” said Butterfly. “Let’s have a think. How big is she?” “She’s big!” said the monkey. “Bigger than me.”

I Love You Night And Day

Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Alison Brown

“I love you most, I love you best, much much more than all the rest. I love you tall, I love you high, way up in the sunny sky.”

The Rainbow Fish

By Marcus Pfister

“Far out in the sea lived a fish. No ordinary fish, however. He was the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean. His scales shimmered with all the colours of the rainbow”


What are your favourite childrens books?


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