Sometimes nothing beats a classic.

Here'es a list of classic books to share with your toddler or younger child, some of which you may have enjoyed when you were little.

  • Where's Spot?

    Author: Eric Hill
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 0-3

    This adorable board book about Spot the dog is the first in the Spot series

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 2-5

    Little fingers will love to follow the very hungry caterpillar as he munches his way through the pages of this classic, colourful, interactive picture book.

  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby

    Author: Elfrida Vipont Illustrator: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 1-3

    One day, an elephant offers a baby a ride through the town, and the set off on a great adventure.

  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 5+

    Charlie tricks his younger sister, Lola - an extremely fussy eater - into eating all her least favourite foods.

  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell
    Publisher: Macmillan (Campbell Books)
    Interest age: 2+

    This appealing story, in lift-the-flap, board-book format has been a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in 1982.

  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Follow a father and his family as they go out in search of a bear.

  • The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 6+

    Brilliantly designed with lots of little details to spot, this old favourite will be enjoyed time and time again

  • The Cat in the Hat

    Author: Dr Seuss
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 3-6

    When Sally and her brother are left alone on a rainy day, they think they are in for a dull time - but then the Cat in the Hat appears.

  • Peepo!

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 0-3

    • Much-loved picture book classic that delights babies, toddlers and their parents.
    • Look through the holes to spot details from the wonderful illustrations.
    • A rhyming peek-a-boo journey through a day in the life of a baby.