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Top 5 Children’s Books for 0-5 Year Olds

22nd April 2016

If there is one thing that every parent should do with their child, it is read to them.  Read to them every day and at every opportunity, as soon as they are born. Although the younger babies will not be able to understand the intricacies of the language, they will still enjoy listening to the intonation of your voice as you read to them and looking at the bright, colourful pictures on the pages.  

So here are our all-time, top 5 classic children’s books, perfect for children from 0-5 years old.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle entices children into the hungry caterpillar’s journey by using colourful illustrations, cut-outs and a buildup of anticipation for what will happen and what he will eat each day.

This is an all-round great book for young children and is especially good for those pre-school age, as they can learn their numbers by counting how many pieces of fruit the caterpillar eats each day.


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

Your child will be able to easily follow along with this story as they share the family’s exciting, adventurous bear hunt.

The repetitive and almost musical nature of the narrative will encourage your little one to join in with the reading out aloud. The sequence of the story is easy to pick up and the use of onomatopoeia words, such as squelching through the mud and splashing through the river, helps create a strong sense of imagery in your child’s mind.


The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

This Christmas classic is a heart-warming story for all to enjoy. It tells the tale of a little boy who builds a snowman in his garden and he wakes up to find it has come to life in the middle of the night. They then embark on a special journey together throughout the night, and the beautiful imagery reflects their new found, extraordinary friendship, whilst capturing the heart of the reader.  


Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

Children’s author Dr Seuss unfolds the story of what happens when two children are left alone, indoors on a boring rainy day. Little do they know, however, that Cat in the Hat is waiting to entertain them for the day with his mad and crazy ways.

The vibrant illustrations and rhyming story is thoroughly enjoyable, easy to follow and join in with, and most of all, will have your little one laughing their head off!



Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Many of you may remember Spot the Dog, where he hides somewhere in the house while his mother has to go and find him. She searches in various different places, such as under the stairs and inside the piano, stumbling across many other surprising inhabitants.  

With each page you turn, you have to lift back the flap to see if Spot is hiding there or not, so it’s a great way to get your child to interact with the story and is a guaranteed winner!



So why not start now and begin reading some of these classic, fun children’s books with your little one!

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