Our top 5 children's books to read together
Reading to your children is a fantastic way to spend quality time with them, and it also encourages their imagination and creativity. In honour of world book day this week, our Agency Coordinator Carmen has compiled a list of her top 5 children’s books from her childhood that are still great today.
Dear Zoo – By Rod Campbell
Dear Zoo is a story of a person on the search for their ideal pet, as told by a series of deliveries from the Zoo. Its repetitive sentence structure and large images make it perfect for young children who are starting to recognise words and are in the early stages of reading. The lift-the-flap design, and the added fun of making the animal noises yourself as you go along, makes the read entertaining for both you and your children. This was one of my first books as a child and I now enjoy reading to my 3-year-old step-daughter!
Fox in Socks – By Dr Seuss
Be it Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in The Hat, I always enjoyed reading Dr Seuss’s stories. One of my most loved books by Dr Seuss was Fox in Socks. Fox in Socks is the tale of two friends, Fox and Knox, which is told through rhyming tongue twisters and fun illustrations. The comical interactions between the two main characters and the rhyming flow makes for a fun, light-hearted bed time read.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – By Eric Carle
Another classic starter book for young children is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. With its simple story line and pretty images, The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells a story of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, gently introducing children to nature along the way.
Where the Wild Things Are – By Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is about a mischievous boy called Max and his adventure to the land of the Wild Things, where he meets the creatures that live there. The story is beautifully illustrated and instantly transports you to the Land of The Wild Things alongside Max. The creatures, whilst scary at first, soon teach you that not everything is as it seems, and sometimes what you are looking for was in front of you all along. It's a brilliant book for children around the ages of 5 years.
The BFG – Roald Dahl
Whilst Roald Dahl has so many wonderful books, one of my all-time favourites as a child was the BFG. It tells the story of young Sophie, who goes on an adventure to the land of giants and meets the BFG. It’s a wonderous book filled with imaginative creations to inspire young minds. The book contains many beautiful illustrations by Quentin Blake, so I never had much trouble imaging myself eating a Snozzcumber or drinking a glass of Frobscottle with the BFG himself!