60 of The Best Children's Books for National Storytelling Week

Giving a child a book for Christmas can be such a thoughtful gift. We know reading with your child is a fabulous way to not only inspire and stimulate their imaginations but to help develop language and listening skills.

I asked our mums to recommend their children’s favourite books, and we came up with this bumper list of 60 books to give you some inspiration when it comes to Christmas shopping this year.

Ellie recommends Paddington’s Suitcase  (Eight Book Set) by Michael Bond

Ellie recommends Imagine by John Lennon

Meechal recommends Corduroy (Picture Puffin) by Don Freeman

Boolino recommend The Snugglewump byLou Treleaven & Kate Chappell


Karen recommends any from the Adams’ Cloud series – Adam Saves The Season by Benji Bennett

Boolino recommend Goodnight Baby Moon by DK


All New Superstar Kids by Gavin Rhodes

Ellie recommends: Mog’s Amazing Birthday Caper by Judith Kerr (or any in the series of Mog The Cat)

Ana recommends Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Hug & Learn Bears Book from Leapfrog

Nicola recommends Garden Sounds (Touchy Feely Books) by Sam Taplin

Joanne recommends Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Board book by Bill Martin Jnr & Eric Carle

Meechal recommends Oi Dog! Oi Dog and Friends by Kes Gray, Claire Gray & Jim Field

Cheryl recommends The Kipper Story Collection by Mick Inkpen

Lorna recommends The Tear Thief  by Carol Ann Duffy & Nicoletta Ceccoli

Joanne recommends: Dear Zoo! A lift-the-flap book by Rod Campbell

Lorna recommends Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? By Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth

Lorna recommends any of Ladybird’s First Favourite Tales

Joanne recommends: Peep inside the zoo by Usborne

Danielle recommends: Meg and Mog Board Book by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pie?kowski

Danielle recommends: Stickman by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Meechal recommends The Pout-Pout Fish (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) (Pout-Pout Fish Adventures) by Deborah Diesen

Meechal recommends 100 First Words by DK

Ana recommends: Dr. Seuss’s Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)by Dr. Seuss

Ana recommends: Chocolate Mousse For Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson

Sarah recommends: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Ana recommends Pip and Posy: The New Friend by Axel Scheffler

Michelle recommends: Something Special: Mr Tumble’s Sound Book

Nicola recommends Ten Little Dinosaurs: Board Book by Mike Brownlow

Louise recommends Tiger That Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

Nicola recommends Rabbit’s Nap – Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Louise recommends Where Oh Where Is Huggle Bear? By Katherine Sully

Karen recommends Before You Sleep by Benji Bennett

Olivia recommends: Snuggle Bunny Puppet Book by Jon Lambert

Ana recommends Yawn Board Book by Sally Symes

Ana recommends any of the Belle & Boo series, Hop Along for Bed by Mandy Sutcliffe

Olivia recommends: Sniff! Mini Board Book by Matthew Van Fleet

Olivia recommends: Hot Dog, Cold Dog by Frann Preston-Gannon

Lèandre recommends: Where’s Spot The original lift-the-flap book by Eric Hill

Emma recommends I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae

Assumpta recommends Baby Sees Spots and Dots by Chez Pitchall

Goldilocks and The Three Bears sound book by M&S

Alison recommends: That’s Not My Unicorn and other That’s Not My… by Usborne Books

Tina-Louise recommends: Rabbit’s Nap (Tales from Acorn Wood) and other flip books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Amna recommends: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Naomi recommends: Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Tracey recommends: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Tracey recommends: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Tracey recommends: Goodnight Little Bear by Igloo Books

Emily recommends: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Emily recommends: Chicken Licken – A Wickedly Funny Flap Book by Jonathan Allen

Emily recommends: My Mum (Board Book) by Anthony Browne

Clare recommends: Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett

Kirsten recommends: What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Axel

Gillian recommends: Elmer’s Touch and Feel World by David McKee

Gillian recommends: Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Sue recommends: Peepo! The Board Book by Allan Ahlberg

Sophie recommends: There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

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Ellie Thompson
Editor & Blogger

Editor of My Baba and blogger. Currently on the IVF journey, documenting the process step-by step in addition to exploring how to prepare your body for pregnancy, what foods we should be eating, and any technique going that will lead to that positive pregnancy result!

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