Raising a bookworm – the best books for toddlers

Harry has always enjoyed stories, starting with the That’s Not My books and Sophie the Giraffe from being a baby. But his passion for books has really come to life over the past 12 months.

Harry now recites stories back to us from memory and we run through at least 5 books every night before bed. I think it’s hard to find books that will really engage children, especially at toddler age so I thought I would share with you some of our favourites!

Julia Donaldson

You can’t go wrong with Julia Donaldson books – great stories, great illustration and really enjoyable to read. We’ve bought some and had others passed onto us from family and friends. Our current Julia Donaldson favourites are:

⁃ Stick Man

⁃ A Squash and a Squeeze

⁃ The Gruffalo

⁃ The Gruffalo’s Child

⁃ The Smartest Giant in Town

Some books from my childhood

I love reading Harry memorable books from my childhood, it feels really special.

⁃ Peace at Last, Jill Murphy

⁃ Percy the Parkeeper series. One Snowy Night, Nick Butterworth.

⁃ Alfie and Annie Rose, Shirley Hughes.

New favourites

Harry also has some new favourites he really enjoys:

⁃ Dig Dig Digging, Margaret Mayo.

⁃ Goodnight Harry, Kim Lewis. Harry was bought this book by his Godparents for his first birthday and we still have this most nights. It’s a really sweet story about an elephant that can’t sleep and his little friends Lulu and Ted help him drift off to sleep.

⁃ Hairy Toe, Daniel Postgate. This is a book Harry reads at nursery and he gets really animated when he reads it shouting “wheeeeres my hairrrrry toe?” It’s only short but it’s a firm favourite in our house.

⁃ Stanley the Builder, William Bee. The Stanley stories are really sweet. All about a guinea pig called Stanley and his adventures.

⁃ Peppa and the Big Train. That little pink pig has been present in our lives for a long time now and Harry still isn’t bored of her! This one is his favourite – he’s a big train fan.

Christmas may have been and gone for 2017 but Harry has so enjoyed these festive stories so I wanted to share so you can look out for them for Christmas 2018!

– The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg.

– Alfie’s Christmas, Shirley Hughes.

– Oliver Elephant, Lou Peacock and Helen Stephens.

We buy most of Harry’s books from Waterstones on ‘buy one get one half price’ deals or Amazon for quick prime deliveries.

We are always open to new books so please do tell me your favourites in the comments below!


  1. Fiona
    January 9, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Hello – thanks for this post. Our family discovered the book Hoot Owl last week after someone read it to us. It’s laugh out loud funny.

    Have a great day

    • January 9, 2018 / 11:24 pm

      Thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the recommendation, I will definitely look up Hoot Owl – we love laugh out loud funny books!

  2. January 9, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Tesco have really good prices on books hun. Julia Donaldson was was a firm favourite in our house. My favourite being Charlie Cooks favourite book.xxxx

    • January 9, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you, I will definitely check out Tesco for books! And I’ll have a look at Charlie Cooks Favourite Book! Thank you! ☺️ x

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