I was sorting through Z’s books today and realized she probably owned over a hundred books. But even in that extensive collection, she has some perennial favourites. This list is a combination of both of our favourite books. Some I love more than she does and by that token, I just had to include them. I just couldn’t resist it crashing her list. 😊
We’re going on a bear hunt – Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
I didn’t quite get the appeal of this book initially because it’s a bit plain and not very colourful but it came highly recommended, so I picked it up. Turns out Z loves it. The repetitive text which makes it easy to remember for children, the sound effects of walking through water, mud, a snowstorm amongst other things and the thrill of finding the bear and running from it trump everything else.
The day the crayons quit – Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
A fun, quirky story about a little boy, Duncan’s, crayons quitting as they’re not happy with the roles they have to play in Duncan’s colouring career so far. While Pink is offended he considers her a girly colour, Yellow and Orange are fighting over who is the colour of the sun and Blue just wants a break because colouring all the oceans and sky have made him short and stubby. All the colours have their own grievances and write him letters about them. Listening to their complaints, both Duncan and Z have branched out in their colouring. It’s fun to look at her multi coloured sky and pink monsters now.
Giraffes can’t dance – Giles Andreae
This is more my favourite than Z’s. A lovely, beautifully written story about how everyone can dance, literally and metaphorically. All they need is to identify the music that calls to them. Beautiful pictures, rhyming text and the sweetest moral of all – that everyone has magic inside them. All they need to find it is to listen to its call.
Fox’s Socks – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
It’s impossible to compile a list on children’s books without having a book by Julia Donaldson on it. Fox’s socks is a lift-the-flap book with funny illustrations, sweet rhyming text and an adorable treasure hunt for Fox’s socks. It’s been on Z’s favourites list for over a year now.
Each Peach Pear Plum – Allan Ahlberg & Janet Ahlberg
A lovely book that’s also an ‘I Spy’ game with all the children’s favorite story characters. From Tom Thumb to Robin Hood to Mother Hubbard to Baby Bunting and a lot more. Beautifully illustrated, perfectly rhymed text and the fun of trying to spot everyone hidden away in each page makes this book a true treasure.
While I strongly recommend these books for your kids, they make fun reads for adults too. Try them, I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it. I certainly don’t!