6 Best Children’s Books to Read to Your Young Child

Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant | All Images Courtesy of Amazon

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Parenthood is a conglomeration of joys and miracles. One in many parts of them, is the simple act of setting a nightly ritual of reading to your young child. Nothing comes quite close to picking a book to read to them while they are comfortable tucked in and getting lost in a world where only the two of you exist, only if it’s just fantasy.

Parents Avenue has assembled a lovely list of books to read to them. If you haven’t started reading to your young child, this is a great place to begin choosing which books are suitable for you and your young child.

#1 I Want My Hat Back

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Author: Jon Klassen

Pages: 40 pages

ISBN10: 1406338532

ISBN13: 9781406338539

In his bestselling debut picture book, the multiple award-winning Jon Klassen, illustrator of This Is Not My Hat and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, tells the story of a bear whose hat has gone. And he wants it back.

Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no (some more elaborately than others).

But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance…

Told completely in dialogue, this quirky, hilarious, read-aloud tale plays out in sly illustrations brimming with visual humour and winks at the reader who will be thrilled to be in on the joke.

#2 What The Ladybug Heard

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Author: Julia Donaldson

Pages: 32

ISBN10: 1509862560

ISBN13: 9781509862566

The ladybird said never a word.

But the ladybird saw,

 And the ladybird heard…

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . .

What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud.

#3 We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Author: Michael Rosen

Pages: 36

ISBN10: 1406386766

ISBN13: 9781406386769

We’re going on a bear hunt.

We’re going to catch a big one.

Will you come too?

For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. This new anniversary board book brings the story to life for a whole new generation of young readers.

Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and brave their way through the swirling, whirling snowstorm in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!


#4 Green Eggs & Ham


Publisher: Random House USA Inc

Author: Dr. Seuss

Pages: 62 pages

ISBN10: 0394800168

ISBN13: 9780394800165

The much-loved Dr. Seuss classic about the charmingly persistent Sam-I-Am gets a brand new look, introducing his rhyming fun to a new generation of readers.

The classic story from the one and only Dr. Seuss, now with a brand new look!

When Sam-I-am persists in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!

#5 The Gruffalo

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Author: Julia Donaldson

Pages: 40 pages

ISBN10: 1509894136

ISBN13: 9781509894130

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with a fox, an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a bestselling phenomenon around the world. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children over the past twenty years, and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come. No home should be without The Gruffalo!

#6 The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Author: Eric Carle

Pages: 28 pages

ISBN10: 0140569324

ISBN13: 9780140569322

This beautiful paperback format is perfect for storytime.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle’s world-famous simple, hopeful story has become the most read children’s book in Britain.

Its vivid and colourful collage illustrations are iconic, and it is a must have picture book for children.

The bright and bold paperback makes it the ideal bedtime book for toddlers, with its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes, children can play and read along.

For parents interested in purchasing mentioned books, it’s available at Times Bookstore in Suria Sabah Mall, Kota Kinabalu. Actual book covers may slightly differ.

All synopsis are taken from Book Depository.

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