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10 Great Children's Books for World Book Day

Published: 25/02/2021

As Friday marks World Book Day, we have put together a list of ten children’s books that we think are great.

Reading is such an important part of growing up and reading to your children is a special activity you can enjoy together, whether its before bed or during the day.

What’s even better is that many of these classic books are guaranteed to entertain you as well as the children!


Cheese Belongs to You! By Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz


A story about the struggle for dominance over one piece of cheese from award-winning picture-book-makers, perfect for children between 5-7 years.

Rat law is simple: if you take a piece of cheese, it belongs to you. So if a bigger rat takes it ... then cheese belongs to them. Unless ... a quicker rat swipes it! Every rat knows rat law: if you are big or quick, strong or scary, hairy or dirty, or, indeed, all of the above, you get the cheese. But just who gets to EAT the cheese?


The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

A brilliantly funny story written by US comic writer and actor B. J. Novak. Ideal for children between 3-5 years, but can be enjoyed by children of any age and adults alike!

Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. 
Even if the words say BLORK. Or BLUURF.
And even if they have to say things like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and MY HEAD IS MADE OF BLUEBERRY PIZZA!
That's the rule. That's the deal.


The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

Another very funny story based on the popular song The Wonky Donkey and has sold over one million copies. This is the book behind the viral video ‘The Scottish Granny’ who has been watched reading this to her grandchild over three million times! There are also two other books available as part of the series.

Who ever heard of a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey?


The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

A classic picture book which has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over fifty years ago, perfect for reading together or for children to read themselves.

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!


The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

Another classic story first published in 1971 about an elephant and a bad baby who needs to learn how to say ‘please’. The author and illustrator Raymond Briggs will be known for producing classic titles such as The Snowman.

The Elephant takes the Bad Baby for a ride and they go 'rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta down the road.' They help themselves to ice creams, pies, buns, crisps, biscuits, lollipops and apples, and the shopkeepers follow them down the road shouting and waving. All ends well as the Bad Baby learns to say 'Please' and his mother makes pancakes for everyone.



Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Gox and Helen Oxenbury


A number one bestseller, this lovely board book is perfect for reading with little ones or as a gift for new arrivals. Helen Oxenbury is best known for the illustrations in the classic nursery rhyme picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents…


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell



Another number one bestselling board book, Dear Zoo is a lift-the-flap story which has been popular with parents and children since it was first released back in 1982.

'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet . . .'


Dogger by Shirley Hughes

A very relatable, much-loved story about a little boy who loses his favourite toy at the fair and his quest to get it back.

When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!


Five Minute's Peace by Jill Murphy

This funny modern classic is part of the Large Family book series by author and illustrator Jill Murphy. The book perfectly captures family life and is still popular to this day, despite being released over 30 years ago.

This is the story of Mrs Large the elephant – who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Larges, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived!


Elmer by David McKee


A modern classic about Elmer the colourful elephant which emphasises that it’s ok to be different. The book has sold over ten million copies since its release in 1989 and remains a firm favourite.

Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork.

The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be just the same as them...