Stories from our childhood leave an indelible mark on our memory. Whether it was down to the characters, the illustrations or a particular turn of phrase, the emotions evoked by the stories we read, or were read to us, stay with us for life.
To mark this World Book Day we asked people, parents and early years practitioners to share their favourite children's books on our Facebook page and your contributions have yielded a rich and varied list from popular classics to lesser-known treasures.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed and we hope you'll use this list to inspire you and your child's future reading adventures. Happy travels.
Adventure in the Dark by Jane Carruth
Beegu by Alexis Deacon
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Cloud Boy by Rhode Montijo
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Dog's Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp
Don’t Turn The Page by Rachelle Burk
Horton Hears A Who! by Dr Seuss
Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie
Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Jungle Jam by Noam and Louise Lederman
Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al Murphy
Little Roo and the Big Wide World by Guido Van Genechten
Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob by Simon Bartram
Moomin and the little Ghost by Tove Jansson
Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
Mr Men by Roger Hargreaves
Muddled Up Farm/Saving Muddled Up Farm by Mike Dumbleton
Nibbles The Book Monster by Emma Yarlett
No-bot by Sue Hendra
Oi Frog/Oi Dog by Kes Grey
One Eighth of A Muffin by Ruth Orbach
Our Big Home by Linda Glaser
Peace At Last by Jill Murphy
Peepo by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
Possum Magic by Mem Fox
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Supertato by Sue Hendra
Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow
The Best Nest by PD Eastman
The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak
The Day The Crayons Quit/The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
There's A Pig Up My Nose by John Dougherty
The Spiffiest/Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Titch by Pat Hutchins
Uno's Garden by Graeme Base
What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Winnie The Pooh by A.A.Milne
A big thank you to everyone who submitted contributions to this list:
Andrea Hubert, Hawkshead Community Pre-school, Sian Secker Yefet, Jane Swaden, Haywood Road Pre-school, Sarah Monaghan, Jodie Bradshaw, Nicola Jordan, Natalie Hallam, Christopher Robinson, Hayley Sloan-Fornara, Daniel Meallem, Cassandra Hassall-Wynn, Sally Hartley, Karen Radford, Matsume Kai, Kate Francis, Ryan Trix, Cordelia Feldman, Sarah Evans, Marguerite Mosafi, Jo Magnus, Terry Wills, Beowulf Mayfield, Louise Cohen, Celia Newman, Christopher Lewis, Kate Stamp, Mandy Franks, Laura Hill, Sarah Younger, Katie Primack, Nicole Goodman, Fiona MacLeay Marshall.
Contributors were entered into a prize draw to win a book bundle of five children’s book and a winner was randomly picked out of a hat on Wednesday 28 Feb.
The winner is: Hawkshead Community Pre-school who chose Supertato by Sue Hendra.
Congratulations — your books will be sent to you in the post.
Many thanks everyone and have an imaginative and inspiring World Book Day!
Caroline and Sarah from Family Corner