EARLY YEAR'S CLASSIC BOOKS
An Essential Book List for children in Early Years
Where the Wild Things Are
One night Max makes mischief, so his mother sends him to bed. That night, a forest grows in his room and a boat takes him to the place where the 'wild things' are. After a night of adventures, Max feels lonely and realises it's time to sail home to where someone loves him best of all.
by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. All is uneventful until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, and run for home. The story is told by a brilliant, cumulative rhyming text and terrific pictures.
by Michael Rosen
Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
Whatever Next by Jill Murphy
The moon and back before bath time? Whatever next! Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon. A beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of the characteristic warmth and humour of Jill Murphy.
The Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar vivid and colourful collage illustrations tell a deceptively simply, hopeful story. Follow the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week and makes a beautiful transformation.
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
This nostalgic classic, including real letters, is a must-have for every child! Open this book, take out the letters, and discover what favourite characters would write to each other and reimagine best-loved tales together.
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
One day a penguin arrives on a boy's doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to return the penguin to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn't what the penguin was looking for after all...