The best books to read out loud to your kids

October 9, 2014
Exclusive Books has a list of awesome books to read aloud to your children. Many of them are classics or shelf must-haves, so you can use the list as a shopping or gift guide too.

0 – 5 years

– All Join In by Quentin Blake
– Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura
– Bear Snores by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
– Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
– Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo
– Doing the Animal Bop by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner
– Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
– Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
– Hairy Maclary from Donaldson Dairy by Lynley Dodd
– Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
– Hippos go Berserk Sandra Boynton
– Horrid Henry’s Underpants by Francesca Simon

horrid henry's underpants
– Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig by Mick Inkpen
– Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
– No Matter What by Debi Gliori
– Olivia by Ian Falconer
– One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
– Owl Babies by Martin Waddell


– Pants by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharrat
– Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
– Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
– Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd
– That’s Not My Puppy by Fiona Watt


– The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs
– The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
– The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
– The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter
– The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue by Ronda and David Armitage


– The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
– The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
– The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
– The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr


– The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
– There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
– Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
– We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
– Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
– Winnie the Witch by Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas


5 – 8 years

– Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Philip Pullman
– Cosmo and the Magic Sneeze by Gwyneth Rees
– Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chriss Riddell


– Henry’s Big Bad Book by Francesca Simon
– Mrs Pepperpot Stories by Alf Prøysen
– Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
– Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
– Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
– Snow White and the Seven Aliens by Laurence Anholt


– The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
– The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong
– The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
– The Kiss That Missed by David Melling
– The Pony-mad Princess: Princess Ellie to the Rescue by Diana Kempton
– The Princess and the Pea by Susanna Davidson
– The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith


– The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
– The Tales of Olga da Polga by Michael Bond
– The Troublesome Tooth by FairySandi Toksvig
– The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
– Worst Witch by Jill Murphy


8 – 11 years

– A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
– Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer


– Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
– Harry and the Wrinklies by Alan Temperley
– Holes by Louis Sachar
– Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
– Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell


– Measle and the Wrathmonk by Ian Ogilvy
– Millions by Frank Cottrel Boyce
– Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
– Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
– Skellig by David Almond
– Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
– The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
– The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle


– The Killer Underpants by Michael Lawrence
– The More the Merrier by Anne Fine
– The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Jane Aiken
– Witch Child by Celia Rees
– Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

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  • Aimee

    Thanks for this lovely post! I was thinking of some good books to read to my 10 month old 🙂

    October 9, 2014 at 6:49 am Reply
    • Tanya

      Thanks for reading Aimee! 🙂

      October 10, 2014 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Lauren Thompson

    I read my 9 month old several of the 0-5 ones. Brilliant list, thank you. Bookmarking it 🙂

    October 9, 2014 at 7:11 am Reply
    • Tanya

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 Happy happy reading!

      October 10, 2014 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Mrs FF

    Great list, I needed a good list as we are getting bored with our current haul

    October 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm Reply
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