THE TOP TEN Book Chook Children's Picture Books
The Book Chook is an Australian children's picture book reviewer. Here are her top ten children's picture books, great for sharing with your kids and encouraging them to love reading.
The Book Chook is an Australian children's picture book reviewer. Here are her top ten children's picture books, great for sharing with your kids and encoura... more
The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond BriggsThere's something in kids, and those who still haven't grown up, that responds to Bad Babies. Add an elephant to the mix and how can you fail? I love the repetition of rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta, I love the politeness of the stealing elephant, and I so love that bold, bad baby!
Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas. Mem Fox is my hero, and I adore her books. Julie Vivas is one of my very favourite illustrators. No wonder this picture book has sold millions.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. One of the classics, and still a favourite today, I love to read this to kids because of the opportunities it gives them to dream.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury. What a wonderful combination of talent! This is the perfect book for little ones - great rhyme and rhythm, a wonderful understated message, and opportunities to "read" alone when the kids have memorized it.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson.Lots of opportunities for varying your tone and taking on character voices when you read this one aloud. It's a charming story with just the right amount of tension before a joyous, uplifting ending.
Columbia Sneezes by Janeen Brian and Gabe Cunnett.I love rhyme and rhythm when they are done as superbly as Columbia Sneezes. This picture book about a camel with a problem will have delighted kids joining in the sneezy refrain.
Eek! Creak! Snicker, Sneak by Rhonda Gowler Greene and Jos. A. Smith.A very special friend found this on ebay and sent it all the way from the USA because she thought it was important I should know it. She was right! I think kids need fun picture books that help them cope with scary stuff.
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd.Good rhyme is hard to find, and being found, must be prized. All of the books in this series are wonderful.
Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow by Chris McKimmie.This one just tickles my sense of humour. A little boy must carry a yellow balloon so his grandmother can find him.
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