There's nothing more special than sharing a beautiful children's picture book with your child. Read on to find out more about our top 20 children's book picks.
With so many children's books out there it can be hard to know which ones will keep both your child and you entertained!
Even before your children start to understand what words and books are all about, your little ones can still benefit from listening to you read aloud.
By making books a part of your daily routine, you’re not only setting the stage for future success in school, work and life but also helps you bond and build your relationship, laying the groundwork for your child’s later social and communication skills.
We have put together a list of what believe are 20 of the best picture books for children. This list is by no means exclusive; there are so many fantastic picture books for kids out there, but it is a good place to start to ensure your child from an early age starts reaping the many benefits of literature.
1.Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
This is the story of Max's (imaginary) adventures when he sails away to the land where the wild things after being sent to his room. This is an enjoyable story for adults and children with beautiful, detailed illustrations.
2.The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
This picture book for kids is said to be sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food, getting bigger and bigger, until eventually he turns into a beautiful butterfly. One of the most popular picture books of all time, no nursery bookshelf is complete without a copy.
3.Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
In what is arguably one of Dr. Seuss’ most famous picture books, Sam-I-Am takes readers through all the places to enjoy green eggs and ham. As the story continues the list of places to enjoy the unusual treat gets longer and longer. Fun to read, although a times a bit of a mouth full, no book shelf is complete without this classic picture book.
4.The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree is about the relationship between a boy and a tree. It sends a great message to children (and parents) about the importance of loving and respecting nature.
by Margaret Wise Brown
In a great green room a little bunny is tucked up snugly and safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight one by one to all the things in his room. This is the perfect bedtime story.
6.Oh, The Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
We get to follow a little boy (who Dr. Seuss intended to be your own child) as they set off into the world to see what life will bring them, encountering all sorts of crazy adventures along the way. A fun story that will have your children excited for what the future holds.
7.The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
It’s a rainy day and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza!
8.How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss
No matter what time of the year it is this book is always a faviourite. The reclusive green grinch decides to come down from his mountain top home and ruin chrismtas for the people of Whoville but taking all there presesnts and decorations. Unable to ruin there spirits, the Grinch learns that maybe there is more to chrismtas than just presents and food.
9.The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
This is the story of the three little pigs but from the perspective of the wolf. Alexander T. Wolf tries to set the story straight on how he came to be known as big and bad and we hear his account on what happened to the three little pigs.
10.The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
The story revolves around a young boy who is coming to the age where he is starting to doubt Santa Claus' existence, that is until the Polar Express, a magical train destined for the North Pole, takes him and a group of other children on a journey to Santa to reaffirm their faith in Christmas.
11.If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
This story is about what happens after a young boy gives a mouse a cookie. The whole book demonstrates what happens when the mouse receives a cookie, milk, straw, napkin, etc. The book is a great way to teach young children about making predictions while reading a story.
12.Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch
This is the story of a mothers unconditional love for her son as he grows up. An emotional story about love, Love You Forever is the perfect book to share with your child, if you can hold back the tears.
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline is one of the most recognised and loved characters in childrens literature ever. Set in Paris, this beautifully illustrated picture book is the story of Madeline and her twelve friends at boarding school.
14.Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
by Esphyr Slobodkina
This story about a peddler who has his caps stolen by a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humour and simplicity and teaches children about problem and resolution. Children will delight in following the peddler's efforts to outwit the monkeys and being easy-to-read with repetition, patterns and lots of colour it is the perfect book for early readers.
15.Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson
Armed with only an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of surprises, this fun picture book shows you just how far the imagination can take you.
16.Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
by Mo Willems
When a bus driver takes a break from driving, he gives readers one instruction…. Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus. Trying every trick he can think of to get behind the wheel, it is up to you and your child whether or not the pigeon is allowed to drive the bus.
17.Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and it only gets worse from there. This classic children’s book takes us through Alexanders terrible day and teaches us that bad days are unfortunately a part of life.
by Dr. Seuss
Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. Although one of his more serious books conveying quite a strong message, Dr Seuss still manages to make this book fun through colours and rhymes.
19.Who Sank the Boat
by Pamela Anderson
A cow, a pig, a donkey, a sheep and a tiny mouse go for a row, but one of them sinks the boat. Children will love finding out who is to blame for sinking the boat and may be a little bit surprised at who the culprit end up being.
20.The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
Despite being over 100 years old, The Tale of Peter Rabbit remains a classic childrens book and is still enjoyed by children everywhere. It is a story of cheeky Peter, who disobeys his mother and cause mischief in Mr McGregors garden.
This is just a start as to some of the beautiful children’s books available. With the technology now available, sometimes we forget the importance of reading however choosing a variety of well written and entertaining stories with fun, colourful illustrations will help develop a love of both reading and learning in your child. Cuddling up over a great picture book will also help build a bond between you and your child and is a memory your little one will undoubtedly hold onto for a very long time.