Books on: Books That Children Love

Sometimes a child going through a challenging time will benefit from escaping into a really great book. The books in this category are either timeless classics or have been adopted by countless children as a bedtime favourite.

The Jolly Postman
Author: Janet Ahlberg
Illustrator: Allan Ahlberg
Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic masterpiece will delight young children. The jolly postman... read more

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Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero
Author: Anne Cottringer
Illustrator: Alex T.Smith
How this book may help: A great choice for a child who wears glasses (the featured hero is bespectacled). It's also a good way to discuss prejudice with children, and to encourage them to look beyond outward appearance.
By day, Eliot Jones is a very quiet boy, who spends his days reading, feeding his goldfish and... read more

Tags: being different, diversity, glasses, prejudice


Good Little Wolf
Author: Nadia Shireen
Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
How this book may help: Although predominantly an entertaining story, this quirky picture book also explores the idea of being true to oneself and defying stereotypes. It reinforces the message that you don't need to 'go with the crowd' if the crowd's actions are not wise.
Rolf is a good little wolf who likes gentle activities like baking, helping his friends and being... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, helping, politeness


A Bit Lost
Author: Chris Haughton
Illustrator: Chris Haughton
"Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen out of the nest..." When Little Owl is separated from mummy owl, a... read more

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I Am Not a Copycat! (Hugo & Bella)
Author: Ann Bonwill
Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
How this book may help: This book comically reflects a behavioural quirk that many children display at some point: imitating those around them to the point of extreme annoyance! The story gently promotes tolerance in others.
Hugo the hippo is unique; only he can stand on his head, do the splits, touch his toes and... read more

Tags: co-operation, behaviour, friends

Doctor Monkey
Author: Felix Hayes
Illustrator: Hannah Broadway
How this book may help: This would be a great choice for a child who is poorly to read in bed.
Best friends Monkey and Robot live in a house together. One morning, Robot has a headache, a runny... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, illness

Naughty Nina
Author: Juliet Mickelburgh
Illustrator: AnnaLaura Cantone
This book tells the story of Nina, a girl acknowledged by everybody – from her parents to her... read more

Tags: behaviour, manners, politeness, rudeness

Peace At Last
Author: Jill Murphy
Illustrator: Jill Murphy
How this book may help: A great book which children going through challenging times will be able to 'escape into'.
Publisher's summary: "The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he..." read more

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Author: Judith Kerr
Illustrator: Judith Kerr
Publisher's summary: "The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be?..." read more

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher's summary: "Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river..." read more

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
Author: Lynley Dodd
Illustrator: Lynley Dodd
Publisher's summary: "Mischievous illustrations and rhythmical text by award-winning Lynley Dodd ensure Hairy Maclary's..." read more

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How to Catch a Star
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher's summary: "An inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very..." read more

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The Cat in the Hat
Author: Dr Seuss
Illustrator: Dr Seuss
Publisher's summary: "When Sally and her brother are left alone, they think they're in for a dull day – until the Cat..." read more

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The Snowman
Author: Raymond Briggs
Illustrator: Raymond Briggs
Publisher's summary: "The Snowman is a beautifully illustrated picture book without words which has charmed children and..." read more

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Elmer
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher's summary: "Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was..." read more

Tags: diversity

The Polar Express
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher's summary: "Late on Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound..." read more

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Guess How Much I Love You
Author: Sam McBratney
Illustrator: Anita Jeram
Publisher's summary: ""I love you right up to the moon – and back." The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts..." read more

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
How this book may help: A perfect choice for a small child to escape into, the book also may encourage a child to choose fruit and vegetables over sweets and biscuits (the caterpillar eats a 'nice green leaf' to soothe his tummy ache after munching through lots of junk food!)
Publisher's summary: "Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike...." read more

Tags: eating

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