Great books for kids
Some of EK's favourite books.
We have put together a list of great children’s books for a variety of ages – from old favourites to modern classics - to grow your child’s imagination. If you are looking to add to your child’s library or need a gift idea, here are some wonderful books to chose from. Stories that will be asked for over and over and passed down through the family.
We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
"We're going on a bear hunt. / We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared." So begins this award-winning read-aloud romp. Recommended for ages 0-3.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney
In this family classic, Little and Big Nutbrown Hare try to express their love for each other. Adored by both parents and children, it’s recommended for ages 0-5.
Dr. Seuss's Abc by Dr. Seuss
Every child needs at least one alphabet book, and this one is filled zany drawings and nonsensical rhymes. Recommended for ages 2-6.
Animalia by Graeme Base
This astonishingly creative picture book is a vast hide-and-seek puzzle of richly detailed illustrations and an Australian classic. Recommended for ages 2-12.
Where Is The Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Reassuringly repetitive, this modern favourite by beloved Australian author Mem Fox is a guaranteed hit with toddlers. Recommended for ages 0-3.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
First published in 1982, this lift-the-flap book is a classic for the under five set. Recommended for ages 2-5.
Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The idea of a magical world hidden behind a wardrobe has fascinated young readers for over 50 years. A good introduction into fantasy and adventure genres, it’s recommended for ages 9-12.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Poor Matilda. She’s not only a genius who not only has to deal with loud, obnoxious, idiot parents who but her principal is an ex-Olympic hammer-thrower. Roald Dahl’s brilliant wit coupled with a strong female protagonist make this a must-read. Ages 8-12.
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Beloved from many a parents’ own childhoods, this beautifully illustrated story of mischief, monsters and a boy called Max is a must for any child’s library. Recommended for ages 3-8.
Diary Of A Wombat by Jackie French
A delightful and entertaining peek into the life of one very busy wombat, this book is quirky and original. Recommended for ages 2-8.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
With over 10.5million copies sold and several awards to boot, the Gruffalo is proving to be a modern classic. The story of a mouse's walk in the woods rhymes beautifully and is wickedly clever. Recommended for ages 3-7.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Follow the ravenous caterpillar as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage. Educational and entertaining, this picture books is recommended for ages 1-3.
All books are widely available in bookshops or at your local library.