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Top Ten Books to Share With Your Children

Books to share: This is a collection of books that both adults and children can enjoy together.  Some of them contain humour on different levels giving something that both adults and children can engage with. Other books here are a joy when they are read aloud and build up a great collaborative reading experience between you and your little one.


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Books to share No.10:

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field



This book has great fun with rhyme and ensures that you do too. It is one of those books that you are destined to read over and over again except in this case you will love it every single time that you do.

Activity: As you read can you guess what each animal will sit on before you find out?


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Books to share No.9:

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak



A truly classic children’s book that I am sure you are already familiar with. I loved this book as a child and I still love it just as much today. It contains my all time favourite line of any book: ‘and the walls became the world all around’.  A simple story that is some how packed with adventure and a sense of underlying sadness.  Not a story that goes well straight before bed because who can read this and resist having their own ‘wild rumpus’ straight after?

Activity: Design your own wild thing.  You could draw them, make a collage or even build a junk model wild thing.  What will its wild name be?

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Books to share No.8:

Anything written by Dr Seuss



A wonderful mixture of nonsense, rhyme and timeless life lessons Dr Seuss’ books are always a winner in our house.  The rhymes are enjoyable to read and I always get a sense of smug satisfaction when I can get through some of the trickier tongue twisters. The rhymes and odd tales are combined with off the wall illustrations that can be pored over for hours.

Activity: Read Wacky Wednesday.  On a walk look out for your own wacky things.  It’s amazing how many things you can spot that look out of the ordinary when you look hard enough.

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Books to share No.7:

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

This is a story that I first came across while teaching a Year One class.  Whenever I read it, it is a hit with both adults and children.  Children fall about laughing as you shout out Trixie’s expressive nonsense words.  Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles will identify with some of Trixie’s dad’s struggles as he does his best to reunite her with her lost toy. The mixture of black and white photography and illustrated characters makes this book really stand out.

Activity: Take photographs of settings around you and print them in black and white.  Draw yourself, it doesn’t have to be a brilliant drawing but the more colourful the better, and cut it out.  Place your pictures in the black and white pictures to make your own Knuffle Bunny style pictures.  You could even begin to tell your own story.


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Books to share No.6:

The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet By Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter



Another fantastic rhyming story with plenty of tongue twisters and belly laughs.  A delightfully rude story about a dinosaur who saves the day with poo power.  I don’t really need to say much more than that to be honest.

Activity: Food is really important to Dinosaur.  Can you design him a packed lunch that would stop him from being hungry?  What would you include?


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Books to share No.5:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems



Another winner by Mo Willems. There is a whole series of Pigeon books and each one is a joy to read and hilarious to listen to.  As the reader you get to shout, beg and plea in the voice of the pigeon.  I have shocked and entertained countless children squawking my head off as the pigeon shrieks “LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!”

Activity: The Pigeon has finally escaped with the bus and disappeared. Can you make a wanted poster to ensure that he is caught?


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Books to share No.4

Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon



A beautifully illustrated book with fold out pages.  The story of Slow Loris the Slow Loris is entertaining and will make you smile as much as the children you share it with.  Explore the zoo, uncover Slow Loris’ secret and party with the other animals.  Oh and don’t forget your tie!

Activity: Invite your cuddly toys to an animal party.  Make sure they get dressed for the occasion.


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Books to share No.3

Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey



A wonderfully imaginative story about the heroic traction man as he battles evil dishclothes and saves the terrified spoons.  Join Traction man and the loyal Scrubbing Brush as they find adventure in seemingly ordinary settings.  Fun stories told in an engaging style with lots of humour.

Activity: Get a packet of sticky googly eyes.  Use the eyes to turn household objects into book characters.  Reenact as much of the story as you can.


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Books to share No.2

I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen



From the moment I picked this book up I knew it was a winner. (Two years before I had children.)  I was very pleased recently when my eldest daughter declared that this is one of her favourites. From the deadpan expressions to the simple but incredibly effective dialogue it is sheer brilliance. The illustrations are really impressive and tell a funny and slightly dark story that will intrigue and delight your whole family.

Activity:  Make a ‘Have you seen my hat?’ poster.  Include a description and a picture of the hat.  You could make another one for your own favourite thing.


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Books to share No.1

Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake



This book changed how I view picture books and made me realise just how beautifully witty they can be.  The story of Simon the rabbit and how he finally found his voice will make you squeal with laughter and delight in saying POO BUM at the top of your voice.

Activity: Answer everything with Poo Bum! (Enjoy this one adults!)


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  • Mrs T
    Posted at 19:37h, 28 July Reply

    My favourite…for all ages…is still ‘The book with no pictures’ by B.J Novak.
    It’s sure to evoke lots of giggles, and really gets children to realise the power of the written word.

    • tomrussell
      Posted at 20:01h, 28 July Reply

      Good suggestion! I’ve read that one a couple of times to great response. It might be time for me to revisit it.

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