Our Favourite Picture Books

The girls and I picked out some of our favourite picture books and recorded a video chatting about them, and I thought I would share them in a blog post as well for you all! Some of these books were sent to us very kindly by the publishers (thank you!) to check out, and some are ones we’ve been given by family or bought ourselves.

If you use the Amazon links in this post I do get a few pennies, but it won’t cost you any more! Scroll down to the bottom to see current prices of each book on Amazon.

Grumpy Frog – by Ed Vere

Grumpy frog is the story of a little frog who is not grumpy – as long as he gets his way… he loves green, he loves to hop, and he loves to win. It’s a funny story involving a pink rabbit and learning to compromise. I love the scribble-style illustrations and so do the girls.

My sister is bigger than me – by Kate Maryon & Lisa Stubbs

I love this book – the girls have a relationship just like the sisters in the book. They play and boss each other about all day long! The illustrations are wonderful.

“My sister Gracie is bigger than me,
because she’s nearly six and I am just three.”

We’re going on an Egg Hunt – by Laura Hughes

This is a fabulous variation of the classic ”We’re going on a Bear Hunt” – the girls got it around Easter time and really enjoyed it. Lydia loves the flaps in this one, while hunting for all the eggs.

We’re going on an egg hunt.
We’re going to find them all.
We’re REALLY excited.
Hooray for Easter Day!

Edie – by Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn’s books are wonderful, and Edie is no different. Little Edie is ever so “helpful” – getting her parents up early (woohoo?), causing mischief at the supermarket, and helping her brother “share” his food.

Hello! My name is Edie. I am EVER so helpful.
In fact I think helping is one of the things i am best at.

Pants – by Giles Andreae & Nick Sharratt

The kids think this book is brilliant for one reason, and one reason only – it is all about pants. All sorts of pants! I haven’t shown them this YouTube video that I’ve discovered yet, but I will do soon and they will love it!

The Giant Jumperee – by Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury

A mysterious creature is hiding in Rabbit’s burrow, and everyone is too scared to go inside and find out just who the Giant Jumperee is. Just who is it that is declaring warnings from inside the depths of the burrow – knowing exactly what to say to freak out the animals outside.

Where’s Hoppity (Bing)

Based on the TV episode of the same name, this book tells the story of Bing & Flop taking Hoppity Voosh to the park and leaves him behind after getting distracted. We all know how terrible it can be to lose a special toy – will they find it again?

Hamilton’s Hats – by Martine Oborne & Axel Scheffler

The little pig Hamilton loves hats – and he has them in all shapes and sizes. He learns a few important lessons in this book, and it is all wonderfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Pete’s Magic Pants: The Lost Dinosaur – by Paddy Kempshall & Chris Chatterton

Another pants book! The girls love anything with pants in – they are at the age where the mere mention of pants is flipping hilarious. One of a series of books about Pete and his magical pants, this one takes him back to prehistoric times.

Zog – by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler are a dream team when it comes to childrens books; Georgie and Lydia love all of their books, that we have read to them, and Zog is no exception. Zog is at dragon school but things keep going wrong, and he meets a special girl – will she be able to help?

Ten Little Pirates – by Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty

The girls first discovered this book when we were staying down in Cornwall and they were read it at a toddler reading group at the library, which my Dad delighted in taking them to. It’s a delightful rhyming counting book all about pirates who get lost one by one on the ocean, complete with bright & colourful fun illustrations.

Guess How Much I Love You – by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

This anniversary edition of the classic children’s book “Guess How Much I Love You” is just gorgeous, with a beautiful pearlised handbook cover.

Meltdown! – by Jill Murphy

Meltdown is a hilarious and very real book by Jill Murphy which will seem familiar to all parents of small children! What happens when the toddler doesn’t get the cake? We all know how that can turn out!

The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea and The Fairytale Hairdresser and Aladdin – by Able Longstaff & Lauren Beard

The girls both really enjoy the Fairytale Hairdresser books and I definitely have a few on their Christmas list from the series. They are great fun books, with well known characters from popular fairytales, and clever twists on the classic stories.

Up and Down – by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers books are always lovely, and Up and Down is no exception. It is the sequel to Lost and Found and tells the story of a little penguin who dreams of flying. It is a lovely story of friendship, and you don’t have to have read the first book to enjoy this one. The illustrations are really lovely, too.

A Child of Books – by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

A Child of Books is possibly one of my favourite ever children’s books, as to me it encompasses so much of what reading is about, and why it is important for our children to embrace reading as something they love and not let them be put off by forcing them to read something that doesn’t inspire them.

The illustrations on this book are made up from excerpts of classic children’s literature, and it actually makes me get a little bit choked up at times – soppy as it is! It is a beautiful and inspiring book about how reading opens up our imaginations and lets us escape to wherever we can think of… it’s just a little bit magical.

As someone who loves to read and is so pleased to see Georgie (and hopefully Lydia) following in my footsteps, surrounding herself with books (literally – her bed is full of them frequently) and reading whenever she gets the chance, it makes me feel really moved. It really captures, for me, what reading is all about.

If you only buy one book from this list, I really hope that it is this one.

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Our Favourite Picture Books - A selection of 17 picture books as chosen by our 4 & 6 year olds.