Living / 20 July, 2021 / Ellie Thompson

60 Of The Best Children’s Books To Read At Bedtime – As Voted By You

If you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to the best paperback books for children, you’ve come to the right place.

Reading with your child is a fabulous way to not only inspire and stimulate their imaginations but to help develop language and listening skills. We asked our audience of mums to recommend their children’s favourite storybooks, and the result? This bumper list of popular books for young children – with 60 brilliant suggestions of the best paperback books for kids.

Best paperback books for children

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

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

All New Superstar Kids by Gavin Rhodes

Boolino recommend Goodnight Baby Moon by DK

Ana recommends Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Hug & Learn Bears Book from Leapfrog

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

Cheryl recommends The Kipper Story Collection by Mick Inkpen

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

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


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

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

Danielle recommends: Stickman by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Joanne recommends: Peep inside the zoo by Usborne

Lorna recommends any of Ladybird’s First Favourite Tales

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

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

Meechal recommends 100 First Words by DK

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

Nicola recommends Ten Little Dinosaurs: Board Book by Mike Brownlow

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

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

Louise recommends Tiger That Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assumpta recommends Baby Sees Spots and Dots by Chez Pitchall

Goldilocks and The Three Bears sound book by M&S

Emma recommends I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae

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

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

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

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

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

Tracey recommends: Goodnight Little Bear by Igloo Books

Tracey recommends: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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

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

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

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

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

Emily recommends: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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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