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Best Books for 0-5 years

Dogger

In 2015, we put together a list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years.

The books below are ones suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers aged 0-5.

See our best books for other age groups

Please note: This list was published in 2015. We are currently working on a revised and more up-to-date list which more adequately reflects the brilliant diversity of children's literature over the last 100 years. Please take a look at Books We Love for our reviews of current brilliant books.

  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 0-4

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  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 0-4

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    This classic book from author and illustrator team Janet and Allan Ahlberg is a real favourite with families

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  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 5+

    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate.

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  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to fi…

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  • Room on the Broom

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Room on the Broom

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    From former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler comes this much-loved tale about a witch …

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  • The Snowman

    Author: Raymond Briggs

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 3+

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  • The Snowman

    Author: Raymond Briggs

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 3+

    James builds a snowman in the garden, then wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life.

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  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell

    Interest level: 2+

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  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell

    Interest level: 2+

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    This appealing story, in lift-the-flap, board-book format has been a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in …

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  • Gorilla

    Author: Anthony Browne

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Gorilla

    Author: Anthony Browne

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Hannah's favourite animals in the whole world are gorillas, but her dad is always too busy to take her to the zoo.

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  • Not Now, Bernard

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Not Now, Bernard

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 4-5

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    The classic tale of Bernard, whose distracted parents fail to notice that their son has been eaten and replaced by a monster.

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

    In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with…

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  • Would You Rather…

    Author: John Burningham

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • Would You Rather…

    Author: John Burningham

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

    A classic for children, Would You Rather... presents an alternative to a traditional story by imagining a mixture of fan…

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  • Princess Smartypants

    Author: Babette Cole

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Princess Smartypants

    Author: Babette Cole

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the …

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  • I Want My Potty!

    Author: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • I Want My Potty!

    Author: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

    The Little Princess hates nappies, and thinks there must be something better. This is classic picture book entertainment, which wi…

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