Picture Books I recommend For Children
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This book is a classic! Take one ravenous caterpillar add a week of eating and hey presto- a butterfly! Exposes kids to concepts like repetition in text, days of the week and numbers.
2. Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Another classic. You have to love the blissfully ignorant chicken in this book! Great for talking about the pictures because the text does not tell the whole story.
3. Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough
Oh, poor Sid! If your heart doesn't melt over this tale I want to know why! And remember, some dogs do...
4. We're going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
This book will inspire some bear hunts of your own- or not! Kids love the anticipation! And I kind of feel sorry for the bear.
5. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland
Lovers of crazy dinosaurs, this is your book. Contains great concepts like opposites and plenty of descriptive language.
6. Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
Who indeed?! Kids love trying to figure out who it was. Contains great concepts about sinking and floating and plenty of rhyming and repetition- great for later reading skills.
7. Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
We should all listen to the 'Hattie's' in our lives! Again great repetition in the text. I often use this book to encourage children to make predictions in text. Another beginning reading skill.
8. Too Many Pears by Jackie French
Laugh out loud fun! Don't read it if are battling morning sickness or feeling squeamish. But kids just adore Pamela and her pear obsession.
9. Bamboozled by David Legge
How I wish I had a grandpa like the one in this book! Kids love finding all the crazy, impossible things going on in the pictures. Another great book for talking about the pictures.
10. The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
I have always believed that a little imagination is a most realistic thing to own. My kids walked around with 'magic hats' for ages after we read this one!
Well, my list could go on and on. But they're my favourites and the ones I have used as a teacher and enjoyed with my own children. So- Enjoy!
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