An Essential Book List for children in Early Years

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 

by Judith Kerr

Share in fifty years of magic...

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!


Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

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.


Hairy Maclary 

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. 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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.


Mog the Forgetful Cat 

by Judith Kerr

Mog always seems to be in trouble. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets that she has already eaten her supper. But, one night, Mog's forgetfulness comes in very handy... 

The Jolly Postman

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.