Top 5 Books for Children Under 2 and Under 4

It being school holiday time here right now, got me thinking about how I enjoyed reading during long car rides as a child. My parents fostered in me a love of books, reading and language – one of the best gifts you can give a child in my opinion.

the-story-of-doctor-dolittleSome of my earliest and most precious memories include being read to, well before I could read myself.

One of the books I subjected my parents to reading over and over to the point where I’d memorised the words on each page, was The Story of Dr Dolittle by Hugh Lofting featuring that wonderful menagerie of animals, my favourites Dab-dab the duck and the Pushmi-Pullyu – I think the copy I had was probably an abridged version and it had gorgeous colour illustrations.

But what books are children growing up with today?

To answer this question I sought the advice of a very dear friend of mine, who I’ll refer to as the Book Maven, a loving mum with many years experience in book retailing.

Book Maven’s Top 5 Books for Children Under 2

Where is the Green Sheep - Mem Fox         Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy - Lynley Dodd         ten-little-fingers-and-ten-little-toes-board-book

Where is the Green Sheep? – Mem Fox

Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy – Lynley Dodd

Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes – Mem Fox

Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

the-very-hungry-caterpillar-board-book               where-s-spot-

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Book Maven’s Top 5 Books for Children Under 4

the-very-cranky-bear          koala-lou          hugless-douglas

The Very Cranky Bear – Nick Bland

Koala Lou – Mem Fox

Hugless Douglas – David Melling

The Wonky Donkey – Craig Smith

Good Night Sleep Tight – Mem Fox

                          the-wonky-donkey           good-night-sleep-tight

Are any of these titles popular in your family too?

Which other titles you would add to a list of ‘Top Books for Children’?

Please let us know in the comments below. I will then collate a master list and set up a vote for Favourite Children’s Book in the coming weeks.