50 tried and tested books for young children

We have a mountain of toys in our house but my toddler’s number one favourite thing to do is read a book. We spent ages reading to her from a very early age and she is completely hooked on books.

As a result we have accumulated quite the children’s book library and it is growing by the day. An awful lot of our books are by Julia Donaldson. She must be a billionaire! But we also have quite a lot of the classics and some I read as a child, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I love having a good selection of books because it stops me getting bored reading them to her. However she does have her favourites and I reckon I know Stickman and Elmer off by heart now!

Here’s my top 50 list of children’s books as tested by my own toddler. She’s read them all at least 20 times!


  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  2. Elmer by David McKee
  3. Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
  4. Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
  5. Zog by Julia Donaldson
  6. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  7. Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson
  8. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  9. The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson
  10. Spinderella by Julia Donaldson
  11. Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Hill
  12. The Noisy Book by Debby Slier
  13. That’s Not My Owl by Fiona Watt
  14. The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
  15. Nursery Rhymes
  16. Miffy by Dick Bruna
  17. The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
  18. First Big Book of Space from National Geographic Kids
  19. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  20. Fox’s Socks by Julia Donaldson
  21. Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson
  22. We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen &a Helen Oxenbury
  23. Paw Patrol Chase is on the Case from Nickelodeon
  24. Tiddler by Julia Donaldson
  25. Oops-a-Daisy here comes Maisy by Elizabeth Dale and Natalia Moore
  26. When I Am Big by Penny Johnson
  27. Peppa’s Busy Day
  28. Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee
  29. Elmer and Wilbur by David McKee
  30. Alphaprint 123 from Priddy Books
  31. Peppa’s Christmas
  32. Stories for 2 year olds from Tiger Tales
  33. Peepo! By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  34. Stickman by Julia Donaldson
  35. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  36. Mog and the Granny by Judith Kerr
  37. Elmer and the Lost Teddy by David McKee
  38. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  39. Mog and the VET by Judith Kerr
  40. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  41. On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
  42. Usborne Illustrated Stories for Childen
  43. Bright Baby Colours, Numbers and Shapes
  44. Noisy Farm by Rod Campbell
  45. Superworm by Julia Donaldson
  46. Angelina’s Baby Sister by Katharine Holabird
  47. Spot goes on Holiday by Eric Hill
  48. Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
  49. Spot’s First Easter by Eric Hill
  50. Paddington Bear by Michael Bond


What are your book recommendations for toddlers? I’m always on the look out for more books to read to my kids!



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