In my opinion these are the best five books for pre-schoolers, aged 3-5. All thoughts are my own. If you haven’t read them then give them a go. Your child will love them.

This is the bear

by Sarah Hayes

Paperback book that tells the story of a bear being accidentally put into the bin and his subsequent trip to the rubbish dump. The story is told in the form of a poem. Colourful pictures throughout with speech/thought bubbles to be read. One of a series of books by the same author telling of the exploits of a boy, his dog and his bear.

 We’re going on a bear hunt

by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Follow a family of children as they splash across rivers, go across grass and squelch in mud as they adventure to look for a bear. There is a big surprise that awaits them in a cave on the other side of the dark forest. Repetitive texts keeps your child engaged in the storyline. With delightful illustrations.

Mr Magnolia

by Quentin Blake

A sing-song story of an eccentric man who only has one boot.

Mr Magnolia has only one boot.
He has an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot –
And two lovely sisters who play on the flute –
But Mr Magnolia has only one boot.

With wonderful illustrations by the author. This book is a classic that has delighted many children.

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Another classic book that has become a best-seller around the world. A rhyming story about a mouse meeting a monster in the deep dark wood. Colourful and engaging illustrations. Can be purchased as a board book and a paperback, so ideal if being bought for a younger child.

Big Dog Little Dog: A bedtime story

by P D Eastman

My son’s and my husband’s favourite. Tells the story of two dogs, Fred and Ted. They are opposite in every way, Fred is big and Ted is little, but they are the best of friends. With bold colourful illustrations emphasising the opposites. We actually have the copy that my mum read to me and my siblings when I was a pre-schooler.

Please comment if there are any books that your children love that I have missed out of this list.

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