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Best Books for 0-5 years

The Snowy Day

We've 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.

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepard

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepard

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    No child's library could be complete without A A Milne's stories about Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Ac…

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  • The Story of Ferdinand

    Author: Munro Leaf Illustrator: Robert Lawson

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Story of Ferdinand

    Author: Munro Leaf Illustrator: Robert Lawson

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Ferdinand the bull doesn't want to butt heads or fight the Matador - he just wants to sit quietly and smell the flowers. Munro Lea…

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  • Harry the Dirty Dog

    Author: Gene Zion Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Harry the Dirty Dog

    Author: Gene Zion Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham

    Interest level: 3-5

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    It's bathtime for Harry the dog - but he hides his brush and runs away on an adventure! But he gets very, very mucky in the proces…

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  • Green Eggs and Ham

    Author: Dr Seuss

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Green Eggs and Ham

    Author: Dr Seuss

    Interest level: 2-5

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    In Dr Seuss' rhyming classic, Sam-I-Am’s decided he’s going to invite his friend to try a very unusual dish: green eggs and ham! B…

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  • The Snowy Day

    Author: Ezra Jack Keats

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • The Snowy Day

    Author: Ezra Jack Keats

    Interest level: 2-5

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    When Peter wakes up one winter morning to find the world has turned white, he can’t wait to put on his snowsuit and get out into t…

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  • Elmer

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Elmer

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 2-5

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    The first book in David McKee’s iconic series about a friendly, fun elephant and his adventures, Elmer is a true ambassador of inc…

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  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Dogger is Dave's special toy. So when Dogger gets lost at the funfair, Dave is desolate. Will they find each other again? Explorin…

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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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  • Haunted House

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Haunted House

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Enjoy a tour of this spooky old house where a spine-tingling surprise lurks in every dark corner.

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  • Peepo!

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Peepo!

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 0-3

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    • Much-loved picture book classic that delights babies, toddlers and their parents.
    • Look through the holes to spot details from t…
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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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  • 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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  • Five Minutes Peace

    Author: Jill Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Five Minutes Peace

    Author: Jill Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Mrs Large the elephant just wants five minutes of peace away from her three boisterous children... but that proves to be a bit of …

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  • So Much

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age: 5+

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  • So Much

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age: 5+

    One by one, family members drop by on a mum and her tot – all wanting to squeeze, kiss and give undivided attention to the baby.&n…

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  • Me and My Cat?

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Me and My Cat?

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

    A witch casts a spell on Nicholas and he wakes up to discover he has turned into Leonardo, his pet cat.

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  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 1-5

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  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 1-5

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    In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake.

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  • Mr Big

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Mr Big

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-5

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    With its gruff hero, vibrant, strong colours, bold design and spare text, this story about looking beyond appearances has a satisf…

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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

    Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeo…

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  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Beautifully illustrated poems for young children by two Children's Laureates

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  • Billy and the Beast

    Author: Nadia Shireen

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Billy and the Beast

    Author: Nadia Shireen

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Billy and her friend Fatcat are enjoying a walk in the woods when they notice that the bunnies and mice have gone missing – a…

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  • Cyril and Pat

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Cyril and Pat

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Cyril the Squirrel is so lonely that, when he finally makes a friend, he doesn’t seem to notice that "Pat" might not be quite what…

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  • Dave and the Tooth Fairy

    Author: Verna Wilkins Illustrator: Carl Pearce

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Dave and the Tooth Fairy

    Author: Verna Wilkins Illustrator: Carl Pearce

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Dave is thrilled when he finally gets his first wobbly tooth although, despite much wiggling and waggling, it seems reluctant to c…

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  • Julian is a Mermaid

    Author: Jessica Love

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Julian is a Mermaid

    Author: Jessica Love

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    When Julian spots three women in lavish mermaid costumes, it fires his imagination and all he can think about is becoming a mermai…

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  • Clean Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Clean Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Rocket loves visiting her Grammy and Grampy in the Caribbean, especially splashing in the waves with her cool surfing Grammy - but…

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  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding

    Author: Sarah S Brannen & Lucia Soto

    Interest level: 4-7

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  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding

    Author: Sarah S Brannen & Lucia Soto

    Interest level: 4-7

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    This huggable treat of a book is a gorgeous and heartfelt celebration of weddings, as Chloe learns that just because her Uncle Bob…

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  • What Happened To You?

    Author: James Catchpole Illustrator: Karen George

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • What Happened To You?

    Author: James Catchpole Illustrator: Karen George

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Joe just wants to play pirates, but the other children notice that he only has one leg and start asking him a barrage of questions…

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