Reading with Children

Reading brings parents and children closer together

Reading gives parents an opportunity to spend quality time with their child and it can also be beneficial for your own mental wellbeing. Parents often put pressure on themselves to spend long periods of time reading with their child, however, research suggests that even 10 minutes of reading a day can have a dramatic impact. BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, notes that it is never too early to start reading with your children. Below we have suggested our 'Top 10 recommended books' based on the age groups 0-2 , 2-3 and 3-4 years old.

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our top 10 recommended list

0 - 2 years

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

Easter themed top 3 books

  1. Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hills
  2. Spot’s First Easter by Eric Hill
  3. The Itsy Bitsy Bunny by Jeffrey Burton

There is no right or wrong way to read with your child, but if you would like some extra tips, BookTrust have put together a few top tips. Click HERE to read them.

Our ‘Top 10 recommended books’ for 0-2 year olds:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  3. The Baby’s Catalogue by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  4. Where’s Spot?  by Eric Hill
  5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  6. Mr Grumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
  7. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  8. The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
  9. HUG by Jez Alborough
  10. Handa’s Surprise, Walker by Eileen Browne

What are you favourite books to read to your 0-2 year olds? Send us your suggestions!

Listen to David Walliams daily audio book by clicking HERE.

our top 10 recommended list

2 - 3 years

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Easter themed top 3 books

  1. Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney
  2. The Best Easter Prize by Kristina Evans Collier
  3. Hop Little Bunnies by Martha Mumford

There is no right or wrong way to read with your child, but if you would like some extra tips, BookTrust have put together a few top tips. Click HERE to read them.

Our ‘Top 10 recommended books’ for 2-3 year olds:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  3. Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  4. Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
  5. Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3 by Tad Hills
  6. A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  7. Up, Up, Up, Down! by Kimberly Gee
  8. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  9. The 3 Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert
  10. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

What are you favourite books to read to your 2-3 year olds? Send us your suggestions!

Listen to David Walliams daily audio book by clicking HERE.

our top 10 recommended list

3 - 4 years

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

Easter themed top 3 books

  1. The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
  2. Peter Rabbit’s happy Easter by Grace Maccarone
  3. Splat the Cat Where’s the Easter Bunny by Rob Scotton

There is no right or wrong way to read with your child, but if you would like some extra tips, BookTrust have put together a few top tips. Click HERE to read them.

Our ‘Top 10 recommended books’ for 3-4 year olds:

  1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  2. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  3. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  4. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  5. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  6. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  7. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  8. I want my hat back by Jon Klassen
  9. Whatever Next by Jill Murphy
  10. A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

What are you favourite books to read to your 3-4 year olds? Send us your suggestions!

Listen to David Walliams daily audio book by clicking HERE.

Reading with Children

Top tips

Want some more guidance? Watch a short video below to gain some top tips about reading with your child.

Reading should be fun! It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

Simply click on the image below to watch a top tips video.

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