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Reading to your children is the single most valuable thing you can do from as early an age as possible. Not only does it help them to differentiate between sounds and rhythms but it also teaches them about many different topics, and is a wonderful way of spending some quiet time with them.

Even if your child is too young to understand the story they will love flicking through the pages and illustrations. As your child gets older they will start to associate words with pictures and will want to become more involved in the books you are reading. Choosing some fun stories are therefore a must, as you will no doubt be reading them more than once!

We have listed below a few of the story books which we have recently found make good reading material, and we will add to the list on a regular basis. They are all available to purchase (search Amazon), or alternatively can be borrowed from your nearest library.



Mr Big

Mr Big
Ed Vere

A warming story with some nice illustrations about Mr Big who finds he has a hidden talent that lets people see beyond his slightly scary appearance.

 Barry the Fish with Fingers

Barry the Fish with Fingers and the Hairy Scary Monster
Sue Hendra 

A wonderfully illustrated and fun story about a fish with fingers named Barry, who puts his hairdressing skills to good use to help out a 'monster' in need! 

My First Car Was Red


My First Car Was Red
Peter Schössow
A beautifully illustrated and narrated hardback story book for ages 4+ about a young boy's surprise pedal car given to him by his Grandpa, and the susequent car 'adventure' that he takes his little brother on. Told through the mind of a young boy, the story is full of amusing mishap, mayhem and wild imagination...not forgetting lots of road signs!

£10.99 (www.geckopress.com)

Forever Friends Daddy & Me

Forever Friends Daddy & Me
Igloo Books Ltd
A delightful 24-page story from the famous Forever Friends range, which describes baby bear's friendship with daddy bear, and all the wonderful things they do together. A great bedtime storybook for young children.

£7.99 (www.igloo-books.com)

Sanji and the Baker

FAVORITE!

Sanji and the Baker
Robin Tzannes & Korky Paul
An amusing and well illustrated tale, set in the Middle East, about a wicked baker who gets his just deserts when he takes an innocent young man Sanji to court for stealing his smells!

Five Minutes Peace

Five Minutes Peace
Jill Murphy
A story that any parent will identify with, about Mrs large and her brood of lively and inquisitive children...what does she have to do to get five minutes peace and quiet!

Scritch Scratch

Scritch Scratch
Miriam Moss & Delphine Durand
A fun and humorous story about Miss Calypso and the guests she unintentionally introduces to her class...help arrives in the nit of time!

Duck Duck Goose

Duck Duck Goose
Tad Hills
A lovely tale about best pals Duck and Goose, and the lessons that are learned from the arrival of Duck's new friend Thistle.

Tyrannosaurus Reg

Tyrannosaurus Reg and the Big, Scary Dinosaurs
Dan Crisp
A nice story about Reg the Tinyrannosaurus who finds a way to make himself heard amongst the bigger, scarier dinosaurs.

Russel the Sheep

FAVORITE!

Russel the Sheep
Rob Scotton
A funny story, with excellent illustrations, about a sheep called Russell and one particularly sleepless night!

Gnash Gnaw Dinosaur

Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur
Tony Mitton & Lynne Chapman
A wonderfully fun and educational prehistoric book of poems about all your child's favorite dinosaurs, with lift-the-flap surprises!

Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood

Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood
Timothy Knapman & Gwen Millward
A great story about a small dragon's quest to find out more about his new friend, a funny creature called a Benjamin!

Scaredy Squirrel at Night

FAVORITE!

Scaredy Squirrel at Night
Melanie Watt
One in a range of books about Scaredy Squirrel, this story focusses on Scaredy Squirrel's fear of bad dreams, and tackles a sensitive issue for children in a lighthearted and clever way. But beware...includes glow in the dark teeth!!

£10.99 hardback (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Monkey Puzzle Monkey Puzzle
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
A lovely rhyming story about a butterfly who helps a little lost monkey to find his mum...eventually!
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

FAVORITE!

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton
A lovely tale about a naughty Queen who wants Emily Brown's favourite toy rabbit all to herself. Emily Brown is on a mission to teach her a valuable lesson!
Tinyrannosaurus

FAVORITE!

Tinyrannosaurus and the Neversaurus
Nick Ward
A funny story about a little dinosaur who goes in search of the Neversaurus and catches up with some friends along the way! But will they make it home in time for tea?
Handa's Surprise Handa's Surprise
Eileen Browne
A sweet tale about a little girl who wants to surprise her friend but ends up getting a bit of a surprise herself!
Where ther'es a bear, there's trouble Where There's a Bear. There's Trouble
Michael Catchpool & Vanessa Cabban
A story about some hungry animals who get more than they bargained for when they follow each other in search of their favorite foods!

Chicken for Supper

Chicken for Supper
Carrie Weston & Sophie Fatus
A tale of five naughty fox cubs who get lost when Mummy Fox goes in search of chicken for supper...but who will rescue them?

A Dinosaur called Tiny

A Dinosaur Called Tiny
Alan Durant & Jo Simpson
A lovely story about a teensy-weensy dinosaur who realises that being big isn't all it's cracked up to be!
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach

FAVORITE!

Scaredy Squirrel at the beach
Melanie Watt
An eclectic story which is one in a range of books about Scaredy Squirrel. This story focuses on Scaredy Squirrel's antics as he endeavours to create his own beach, at the same time conquering his biggest fears! Great illustrations and a novel take on a storybook, with plenty to keep your child's attention.

£6.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

World of Cars

FAVORITE!

World of Cars
Catherine Daly
A wonderful Disney/Pixar storybook of five brand new Disney Cars adventures which take you back in time and tell how your favorite Radiator Springs characters got to where they are today. With lovely full colour pictures and detailed stories with cleverly integrated learning techniques, your child will learn a whole new world of Cars!

£5.99 (available from Tesco from 22nd May 2009, from selected stores only)

Billy and the Big New School
Billy and the Big New School
Catherine & Laurence Anholt
A great story about Billy's first day at school - an excellent book for tackling and addressing all those pre-school anxieties.
The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartestest Giant in Town
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
A nice tale about the scruffiest but kindest giant in town who helps all his friends in need.

The Enormous Crocodile

FAVORITE!

The Enormous Crocodile
Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake
A funny story about how a naughty croc's plan to catch a small child sends him into a bit of a spin!

Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants
Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
A lovely rhyme about checking your underpants for aliens!

A Chair for Baby Bear

A Chair for Baby Bear
Kaye Umansky & Chris Fisher
A great tale of little bear's quest for a new chair after Goldilocks broke it!

Someone Bigger

FAVORITE!

Someone Bigger
Jonathan Emmet & Adrian Reynolds
A funny story about how Sam saves the day, and isn't too small afterall!

The Littlest Pirate

FAVORITE!

The Littlest Pirate
Sherryl Clark & Tom Jellett
A delightful book about Nicolas Nosh who is the littlest pirate in the world, but his parents won't let him go to sea! When Pirate Captain Red Beard kidnaps his family, Nicolas goes on a brave adventure to rescue them! Excellent colour illustrations to capture your child's imagination.

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Munch

Munch
Emma McCann
A tale about Munch the monster who will do anything to protect his toaster!

Cluck o' Clock

Cluck o' Clock
Kes Gray & Mary McQuillan
A rhyming story about a day in the life of Colin the rooster - a great way of learning about time!

Good Knight Sleep Tight
Good Knight Sleep Tight
David Melling
A book about a knight and his hunt for a soft pillow for the new princess!
Snappy Little Monsters
Snappy Little Monsters
Dugald Steer
A rhyming story about some funny pop-up monsters.
Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak
A story about a naughty boy with a wild imagination!
Bears In My Bed

Bears in my bed
Micheal Irwin
A rhyming story about a little boy who wakes up to find some imaginary bears in his bed!

Nonsense Counting Rhymes

Nonsense Countin Rhymes
Kaye Umansky & Chris Fisher
A book of silly but very funny counting rhymes.

Whale

Whale
David Lucas
A story about a boy called Joe who helps save a stranded whale.

Clumsy Crab
Clumsy Crab
Ruth Galloway
A story about a crab who learns to love his claws!
Walking Through The Jungle
Walking through the Jungle
Debbie Harter
An nice rhyming book about a young girl's adventure through the jungle and all the animals she encounters on the way

The Really Rude Rhino

FAVORITE!

The Really Rude Rhino
Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

An amusing book about a naughty rhinoceros who eventually gets his comupence!

The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom

FAVORITE!

The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom
Steve Smallman & Nick Schon

A nice rhyming story about how the baboon got its blue bottom!

All Change

FAVORITE!

All Change
Ian Whybrow & David Melling

A rhyming book about a tiger's birthday and the different vehicles he travels in on his birthday ride.

The Gruffalo

FAVORITE!

The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A fun rhyming book about how a mouse outwits the forest animals, including the monster Gruffalo!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

FAVORITE!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

A story about a family who go looking for bears and get more than they bargained for!

Ducky Dives In

Ducky Dives In
Richard Waring & Guy Parker-Rees

A mess-filled book about a mummy duck who has fun trying to keep her little duckling out of mud and mischief!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle

The classic tale about a caterpillar with a big appetite who becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
Paul Stickland

A rhyming countdown story about ten terrible dinosaur friends who disappear one by one.

Spookyrumpus


Spookyrumpus
Tony Milton & Guy Parker-Rees

A rhyming book with a counting theme about the things that go on during 'spooky hour' - we like the hairy spiders best!

The Gruffalo's Child

FAVORITE!

The Gruffalo's Child
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A sequel to The Gruffalo, this is a rhyming story about the Gruffalo telling his son the tale of the 'monster' mouse in the woods.

Ten in the bed

Ten in the bed
David Ellwand

The classic nursery rhyme with great pictures about ten bears who keep falling out of bed - the ending has a twist on the original!

The Biggest Baddest Wolf

The Biggest Baddest Wolf
Nick Ward

A story about Harum Scarum wolf who's too busy trying to scare people to notice he's lost his teddy bear!

Two Frogs

Two Frogs
Chris Wormell

A funny story about a couple of over precautious frogs who have a lucky escape.

My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh

My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh
Nick Sharratt

A clever book with lots of detailed pages about the separate likes and dislikes of a family - packed full of spots, stripes, and elephants!

What People Do All Day

FAVORITE!

What People Do All Day
Richard Scarry

An educational book with lots of detail and things to spot on each page - lots of short stories about the different jobs that people have.

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