Dad reading to baby for World Book Day

World Book Day: Read our list of favourite children's books chosen by YOU

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

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