Story time is an essential part of any family’s day; it helps to install a love of reading, it is a great way to help your children unwind as part of their bedtime routine, it’s a cheap and cheerful boredom buster and it’s fantastic for family bonding time.
At MyWordBuddy we believe that reading is great for children of all ages so here are some of our top picks of books to read with your under 5’s, but you’ll probably love them too!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury)
‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ encourages children to join in with its repeated phrases and onomatopoeias. It’s quick and light-hearted with a mix of colour and black and white illustrations.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
Eric Carle’s classic book has an easy to follow story that teaches children that caterpillars turn into butterflies as well as using numbers, fruit and food names and days of the week.
Monkey Puzzle (Julia Donaldson)
Rhyming and repetition are great tools for encouraging children to read along. Written by the same author as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘What The Ladybird Heard’, this is the tale of a little monkey lost in the jungle and a butterfly who helps him find his mum using his descriptions but always pointing out the wrong animal.
Where’s Spot? (Eric Hill)
The Spot books follow a playful pup (the titular character) and his friends as they have adventures. The short words and simple, familiar concepts make it a great series for early readers, in particular ‘Where’s Spot’ as the flaps make it interactive and it has lots of repeated phrases.
The Jolly Postman (Janet and Allen Ahlberg)
The Jolly Postman delivers mail to lots of different nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters and you can take the postcards and various letters out of their envelopes so it’s like multiple books within a book!
Rainbow Rob (Jo Rigg)
Rob the penguin is feeling bored of being black and white and dreams of being different colours. This book has different textures on the pages so is great for very young children as well as exploring different animals, colours and ending with a message that it’s best to be yourself.
There are so many great children’s books out there, some that have been enjoyed for decades, some from new and emerging authors so there’s plenty of inspiration to spark a love of reading.