Our favourite books for children, aged 1 – 2 years, as part of our books for children list.
Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra
This provoked squeals of laughter and “again, again, again!” from our eldest when we first read it to him, he just loved it and the idea of fish having fingers. My worry that it might put him off his next fish finger dinner proved to be unfounded too *phew*!
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson was the Children’s Laureate from 2011 until 2013 and rightly so. I remember reading an interview with her about A Squash and a Squeeze which she wrote in 1975 for the BBC as a song, and was published as a book with illustrations by Axel Scheffler in 1993. What a great skill to move the text so seamlessly between genres! I am sure that each and every one of her children’s books will become a classic. Donaldson said in 2013 that her favourite is The Snail and the Whale, but sitting firmly at the top of our list is The Gruffalo.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen immediately captures your attention with this story, and easily leads you into a world of exploration and imagination. I haven’t yet found a child who doesn’t thoroughly enjoy the tale, which can be acted out for day time story sessions, as well as reading whilst snuggled up in bed at the end of your own day of adventures.
Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone
I love the bright illustrations in this book and our boys all love the words. It is simple yet fun with an ending that can close the story or encourage further thought about where the Bear is going to next. A firm favourite from a very young age.
Where Is the Green Sheep? By Judy Horacek and Mem Fox
I was introduced to this book with our third son, and we both enjoy looking for the green sheep and noticing other colours along the way. Educational but in a very gentle and engaging manner.