10 must have classic picture books to add to your child’s library
It’s not always about shiny and new!
Today I’m outlining some wonderful classic literature that has stood the test of time, which are all still great stories to enjoy with your children! They have a slightly different mood and feel to today’s modern picture books but what remains constant is good storytelling!
How lucky to be one of those people who has fond memories of curling up to a good book and sharing that story with a parent. A good story goes a long way and is one that can be enjoyed over and over again for years to come. Classic picture books bring a sense of childhood nostalgia and flood us with memories of shared story time with those who are most special to us. Those fond memories are what learning to love reading are built upon.
Sharing some of our favourite childhood (or our parents!) books with our children is a lovely way to connect with them in a deeper and more meaningful way as we share our memories and invite them to enjoy stories we heard growing up. Children love learning about the past and picture books are a great way to open up a discussion about how stories, writing and illustrations have changed over time.
Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey
A sweet story about a little girl and her mother’s adventures going out to pick blueberries and a little mix up with a baby and mama bear out doing the same thing. Don’t worry no one gets hurt!
Harry The Dirty Dog Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham
Harry hates having a bath and runs away one day only to come home filthy and unrecognisable to his family. If you have a dog lover or a child averse to bathing this book is for you!
Sunshine Jan Ormerod
A beautiful wordless picture book about a little girl who wakes up particularly early one day and how her morning unfolds. As a parent you’ll have a good giggle at certain parts as you nod your head in solidarity with the parents in the story!
Each Peach Pear Plum Janet and Allan Ahlberg
A wonderful classic rhyming story that incorporates timeless nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Play a search and find game as you read along to keep your little one engaged in story time.
Peepo Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The story follows an adorable baby around the house observing all the activities that take place throughout the day through a peep hole cut out that looks on to the next page. Super cute for little ones as it’s rhyming and has lots of little things to look at and discover in the detailed illustrations.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea Judith Kerr
Imagine enjoying tea with your little one when all of a sudden a tiger arrives on your front door step, invites itself in and eats and drinks every last bit of supplies you have in the house! A gracious host ensures their guest is well taken care of and this mother and daughter duo certainly do just that.
Mr Gumpy’s Outing John Burningham
Have you ever wanted to go out for a small outing only to have your plans totally changed by others wanting to join in on the fun? Mr Gumpy is very welcoming of the crowds who try to join his adventure, and tries to implement rules to ensure a smooth outing…but everything doesn’t quite work out as planned!
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
A wonderfully simple rhyming book that follows a little bunny who says goodnight to all the things around the house. A great book to include as part of your bedtime routine.
Millions of Cats Wanda Ga’g
A story about a sweet older couple who would like a cat to bring home as a companion but discover its difficult to just choose one!
The Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
A loving story about a little bunny who comes up with a variety of ways to run away and a loving parent who replies with equally creative ways that she’ll find her.
Hope this list helps bring some much loved classic books into your house!