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My Top 5 Picture Books

Working in a bookstore means that I have read my fair share of titles. Having a kid means that I’ve read almost all picture books we have on our shelves (and most of them are at home too!) Here are a few favourites that we share at home. 

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – One of my favourite childhood books, so much so that I named Max after the little boy in it! Max sails away on a boat to the land of the wild things but soon realises what he really needs is to go home. The classic tale by Sendak has been made into a wonderful feature film that is truly stunning. 

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – This is the most well known picture book on the planet. Every child loves this tale of a mouse encountering various creatures from a fox to the mean, scary gruffalo! It’s definitely a winner in our home as we can all recite it along with watching the DVD on loop and even seeing it in the theatre. A must have for everyone’s bookshelf. 

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr – Kerrs tale of a little girl called Sophie who has an unexpected lunch guest is a classic over the years. One that most children will have gasped at over their lifetime! How a tiger can eat so much is still astonishing. 

The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher – Okay I admit that I love this because I love the authors, but the book itself is fantastic too. The tale of a boy and his dinosaur buddy going into space is good enough for kids. But add disgusting things like poo just appeals to kids in a way that us adults will never understand. 

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers – Stuck is the gorgeous tale of a boy called Floyd who get’s his kite stuck in a tree. Of course he needs to throw something up to get it down, but the series of events is something that needs to be seen to be believed. The art in the book is so gorgeous that you just want to pin it all over your walls too!

Thank you Laura for sharing her top 5 picture books with us today. Do be sure to hop on over to Laura's blog at Max and Mummy for more adventurous posts. 

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121 comments

  1. I love the where the wild things are it takes me right bakc x

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  2. We haven't read Stuck but I do love Oliver Jeffers!

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  3. My personal favourite is the very hungry caterpillar I loved it as a child and I love to see children now loving it as much as I did.

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  4. I don't think I've ever read any of these!

    Alex x

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  5. I've read the gruffalow with my goddaughter. She loves it :) x

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  6. I still love picture books and comics.

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  7. I've read the Gruffalo and the Dinosaur who Pooped a Planet!

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  8. we have the dinosaur one, my son was hysterical!

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  9. My kids love these books, the illustrations are fab

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  10. great choices - the tiger who came to tea is fab!

    Ashleigh

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  11. My little one loved The Gruffalo

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  12. Victoria Connolly2 December 2013 at 09:00

    The Gingerbread Man

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  13. We had all those except the mcfly one. May add this as a last min Xmas gift for little ones x

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  14. Personally I'm in love with Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back... but my daughter is scared of it!

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  15. We had so many favourites - I did love Happy Birthday Moon and Hairy Maclary (such wonderful rhythm and rhymes).

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  16. Got three out of the five books there and they are all firm favourites even with the older two .... I love the Tiger who came to tea and Mog the forgetful cat myself xx

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  17. Dear zoo, the gruffalo, the tiger who came to tea, snowy animals and hippos at home for our top five books

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  18. My fav childrens book is Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddel - Something else

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  19. I still love pop up books and picture stories even though Im 42!

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  20. tracy.liz@hotmail.co.uk2 December 2013 at 10:43

    I love oh so Amelia...it is becoming a star in its own right

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  21. I would have to add 'The Hungry Caterpillar' to that list too :)

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  22. My 5 year old daughter loves the Gruffalo

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  23. My God-daughter just loves The Gruffalo, every time I see her with have a reading session :)

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  24. I am such a big fan of Oliver Jeffers. He creates art for adults too and I would love to own some!

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  25. I LOVE The Tiger Who Came To Tea! It's such a classic :) x

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  26. my kids loved the hungry caterpillar

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  27. The Tiger who came to tea is just the thing I would have loved many many years ago!

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  28. my children LOVE 3 of the above books too :-)

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  29. Judith Kerr is such a great author - not only did my children all love The Tiger who came to tea, but as they have grown older, they have read other brilliant books by her, such as When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit.

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  30. we have to say the gruffalo true classic x

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  31. The Gruffalo is a real favourite

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  32. Great choice of books! All of them are really popular in the library where I work :o)

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  33. The Gruffalo is my favourite closely followed by Six Dinner Sid

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  34. love it :) So many memories and my friend has just had her first baby and its the first Christmas so I can't wait to get some for him :)

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  35. the gruffalow

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  36. aww i love the gruffalo and tiger came for tea! x

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  37. The Dinosaur Who Pooped a Planet is so good - gotta love the McFly boys! :)

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  38. The Hungry caterpillar is a children's classic :)

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  39. Love milk chocolate - good luck everyone

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  40. I remember the tiger who came to tea from when I was little but I think The Gruffalo is now a classic already, kids love it :)

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  41. My son loves the Tiger who came for tea, its the one he chooses most nights! :)

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  42. my son loved the Thomas the tank books, I think doing the voices of the trains and the fat controller helped! x

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  43. Great books, we've got three of them in our house. Will need to look out for the other two!!

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  44. all great books wev'e read the gruffalo but none of the othersn yet

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  45. My son loves The Gruffalo and The Tiger who came to tea.

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  46. Where the wild things are was my favourite as a kid.. So many nice memories

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  47. Haven't actually read any of the books but my son and I have sat down to watch The Tiger Who Came To Tea being read as a bedtime story on Cbeebies.

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  48. My kids and I love reading but out of the books shown the tiger who came to tea is our favourite, because we have a greedy ginger tomcat that the kids like to pretend is the tiger

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  49. I used to love the tiger who came for tea! One of my favourite books when i was little

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  50. Awww love a good book - I think its so important to get kids to love reading!

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  51. The tiger who came to tea was always my favourite.

    Jadea

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  52. Books are great for children. Picture books are brilliant to start of with. Then it is amazing just how interested children become with the words and pictures regarding the story. Reading a child a bedtime story can be wonderfully relaxing for them.

    Rachel Craig

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  53. We love the Gruffalo, I must look for your other suggestions for his Christmas stocking

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  54. Never read the Gruffalo, my daughters favourite (as was mine) is Charlie & the Chocolate Factory...

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  55. the tiger who came to tea is a classic i remember that when i was little

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  56. The gruffalo is such an adorable book! love it

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  57. Ahhh I can't wait to be able to read to Noah and for him to understand! I hope he is a bookworm like me! x

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  58. FAB choices! my kids used to love sams sandwich

    @cee_cee54

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  59. I think my nephew will like 'Where the Wild things are' as he has the same likes as me.

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  60. We love Judith Kerr's books in our house.

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  61. Used to read The Tiger Who Came To Tea to my little ones twenty five years ago - still love it x

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  62. always loved the hungry caterpillar

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  63. and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose... the Gruffalo :)

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  64. The Gruffalo is a really good book! x

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  65. we all love the Gruffalo in my house

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  66. cant wait to read the hungry caterpiller to my grand daughter

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  67. I try and read to my daughter, but she insists on taking the book off me and read it herself, shes only 2 years old!

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  68. We love reading in our house at the moment Im reading The Wind in the Willows never to young and never to old to read that book

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  69. My son adores the Gruffalo or LoLo as he calls him. We read it several times a day and my son knows it so well he is starting to read along :)

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  70. my daughter loved Gruffalo as a young one (shes 10 and into horrible histories now)

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  71. I love the range of books by Julia Donaldson, particularly Room on the Broom. If you've never shared them with your little one, I would highly recommend the Percy the Parkkeeper range of books by Nick Butterwworth.

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  72. Great selection. Will have to buy those.

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  73. My son loves the gruffalo

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  74. The Tiger who came for tea, what a fantastic book

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  75. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is just wonderful.

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  76. My grandchildren love the Gruffalo

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  77. When I used to help at rainbows the children loved the Gruffalo book, especially when i did the voice :)

    Natalie Gillham

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  78. All the books are fab, my neighbour (5) has just been given a copy of The Gruffalo in dialect (he's half Scots and half Welsh) he regularly comes in to read a book and we share some chocolate. To win the prize would be ideal!

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  79. I love the snail and the whale!

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  80. my kids love room on the broom and grufferlo I loved the hungry caterpillar

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  81. Tobys Proud Mummy Toys8 December 2013 at 23:02

    The hungry caterpillar is fab love reading it with my little one xx

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  82. I still love these, even if my boys are grown up

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  83. I think Disney have great illustrations in the classic stories.

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  84. Great choice , another great favourite of ours is Duck in a Truck :)

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  85. Wow, my dream job to work in a book store (and read all the books!) I used to read the hungry caterpillar to my son.

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  86. The hungry catapillar i used to read it to my son

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  87. The Gruffalo is a lovely book, but my favourite is the Tiger Who came To Tea! It takes me right back to when my older boys were younger, I had to read this over and over again, in fact, I could probably recite this verbatim now! lol Great review!

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  88. The tiger who came to tea is fab!! x

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  89. I just have to read the dinosaur that pooped a planet!

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  90. the gruffalo is a fab book my daughter loves me reading it to her xx

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  91. I will have to get The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet. We have the dinosaur that pooped Christmas and love it.

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  92. We love the gruffalo in this house

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