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Ultimate Children's Reading List?

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PurplePidjin Thu 15-Aug-13 14:43:19

For various reasons, I'm expecting to be asked what 9mo ds would like for his christening, 1st birthday, Christmas etc. I just have that kind of family hmm I would love him to have lots of books - dp and i are both avid readers - ones to read to him now, that he can read to us in a few years, that he can read alone when he's bigger...

So, MN, what's on your ultimate reading list for kids?

Thank you thanks

EmmaGoldmanSachs Thu 15-Aug-13 18:23:10

MiL (ex childminder!) gave DD these board books as a 1st birthday present, they made a lovely 'first library':

Each Peach Pear Plum
We're going on a Bear Hunt
Rosie's Walk
All Join In (Quentin Blake)

PurplePidjin Thu 15-Aug-13 18:35:12

Ooh, good start, thank you!

I have vague recollections of enjoying Avocado Baby as a tiddler, or am i making that up?

Periwinkle007 Thu 15-Aug-13 19:50:40

The Elephant and the Bad Baby
This is the Bear - Helen craig
My Friend Bear - Jez Alborough
Hooray for Fish
Sharing a Shell
I have lots more but can't think at the moment - will try to do some more over the next few days

Pleasenomorepeppa Thu 15-Aug-13 20:03:33

The Avocado baby is lovely!
my DD 4.5 loves (at the moment!)
I want my hat back.
Paper Dolls.
Each Peach Pear Plum.
The Gruffalo.
You Choose.
Just Imagine.
Peter Pan.
Meg & Mog books.
Mog the forgetful cat books.
I've got a huge bookshelf in her room of books for when she's older, most of them were mine!
The chronicles of Narnia.
Secret 7.
Famous 5.
Phillip Pullman collection.
Noel Streatfield collection.
I have quite a few more but can't think of them off the top of my head!

Sirzy Thu 15-Aug-13 20:11:01

DS has a lot of touch and feel stories such as these which he still loves at 3 (and knows word for word now)

Squash and a squeeze
Each peach pear plum
Harry and his dinosaurs series
Peace at last
whatever next

I am sure I will think of a lot more, DS has way to many books!

PurplePidjin Thu 15-Aug-13 20:21:10

I might pop Tin Tin on the list, dp's favourite along with Tiger who came to Tea smile

Moooooooog!! Loved that, and I'm glad i didn't imagine the avocado baby thanks

Just remembered - Hairy McLairy. Is that even still in print?!

justonemorecake Thu 15-Aug-13 20:52:52

The 'That's not my...' series
Guess how much I love you
Dear Zoo

We're going on a bear hunt
Handa's Surprise
So Much
How to catch a star
The Large Family series
Peace at last

PurplePidjin Thu 15-Aug-13 21:28:49

Dp chose him a That's Not My book for his first Christmas smile

I need to put all these into Excel and order them by how soon i want them, but there are so many amazing suggestions. Thank you! thanks

TeaMakesItAllPossible Thu 15-Aug-13 21:57:59

Hungry caterpillar
Where the wild things live (maybe slightly different title)
Jack and the beanstalk - in fact there are a number of new interpretations of old classics which are lovely
Snail and whale
Anything by Roald Dahl
Dr Seuss books are much loved here. There are two tiny ones ... Mr Brown can moo and one fish, two fish. Green eggs and ham is lovely regardless of how young they are because it's so expressive.
Hug. A lovely book with only three words. Hug, mummy and bobo. Good fun.

To gruffalo, hairy mcclary, guess how much in love you, going on a bear hunt. I kept all our classic books and toys for our GC - which turned out lucky because our 4th DS appeared a few years after we thought we were done.

TeaMakesItAllPossible Thu 15-Aug-13 21:59:57

Older, older. Michael monpurgo and the others mentioned.

ClaireCarr Thu 15-Aug-13 22:26:05

Mine love Topsy and Tim

mamij Thu 15-Aug-13 22:32:56

In addition to some of the above:
Apple Tree Farm series
Usborne's "First Experiences" series
The Tallest Giant In Town
What The Ladybird Heard
Aliens Love Underpants
Hairy Maclarey
Tidy Titch (or something similar to that)
Flat Stanley
Shirley Hughes books are lovely too.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Fri 16-Aug-13 00:19:58

Ludo and the Star Horse - Mary Stewart
The Brothers Lionheart - Astrid Lindgren
If you can find them, the "Wickedest Witch in the World", "The Tree That Sat Down", "The Stream That Stood Still", and "The Mountain of Magic" by Beverley Nicholls
Anything by Susan Cooper
Anything by H.M. Hoover
The Mice of St. Goran (and I forgot who wrote it sad )
These are all for when he's older btw, not "baby books"

virgil Thu 05-Sep-13 19:04:06

For age 7/8/9 The Invention of Hugo Cabret. A beautiful book that is lovely to give as a present as well as receive since the illustrations are so wonderful.

LilaFowler Thu 05-Sep-13 23:59:18

Ultimate Children's Reading List? Oh there's so many!

You need:

(Young children)

- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea
- Funnybones
- The Gruffalo
- Pumpkin Soup

slightly older (approx 5 years)

- The Mr Men series
- Aliens Love Underpants

then Harry Potter (approx age 9)

then there's the classic stories that need to be in the collection too:

Anne of Green Gables
The Railway Children
The Secret Garden

LilaFowler Fri 06-Sep-13 00:00:10

Dr Seuss!! DR SEUSS!! How could I forget Dr Seuss?! Definite must have!

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