This month’s 5 favourite preschool books: Books I read as a child!

For this month’s 5 favourite books we decided to do something a little different. We’ve chosen our five favourite books for preschool that my parents read to me as a child and I now read to Ted. We really struggled to pick just five as there are so many older books that we love!

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

First Published: 1989

Summary: A family go on a hike through long, wavy grass and thick oozy mud to try and find a bear

Why Mummy loves this book: I remember reading this book when I was little and getting so involved, it’s really enthralling!  you can also take inspiration from it and go on a pretend bear hunt on your next walk like we sometimes do! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the Author uses some really beautiful descriptive words – its the perfect book to snuggle up close with.

Why Ted loves this book: They try to find a bear and its really fun. I like playing bear hunts.

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The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

First published: 1986

Summary: The jolly postman delivers letters to a whole host of our favourite childhood characters and we get to read them!

Why mummy loves this book: This was my all time favourite book as a child, I remember buying it when it was first released. It’s just so visibly impressive, the use of the handwritten letters, the addressed envelopes and the  variety of different characters such as The giant, Cinderella and the big bad wolf makes this book so attractive and capturing  to young children. It’s also really well written, lovely to read and the rhymes are simple and fun.

Why Ted loves this book: Mummy read this when she was little. It’s so funny, they make letters and the postman gives them to people and there is a wolf and a giant and goldilocks.

Elmer by David Mckee

First published: 1968

Summary: Elmer doesn’t look like all the other grey elephants – Elmer is a patchwork elephant! Elmer begins to wonder what it would be like to look like all the others, after a turn of events he learns that he is much better off and happier being his bright and colourful self.

Why mummy loves this book: I remember having a whole collection of Elmer books but this one was by far my favourite. I was a really nervous and shy child so the gentle message of self acceptance was something I really loved and related to

Why Ted loves this book: I love Elephants. Elmer is really cool and has lots of colours he’s not grey.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Originally published: 1969

Summary: A very hungry caterpillar emerges from his egg and begins to eat an enormous amount of food, Naturally the poor caterpillar gives himself a stomach ache so he eats a nice green leaf and rests inside his cocoon. Eventually he pops out as a very beautiful butterfly!

Why mummy loves this book: Who hasn’t read this one?! The very hungry caterpillar is not just a fun read, its also educational! I remember using it at school to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and I’ve used it to help teach Ted too. There are several versions you can buy such as puppet books and touch n feel books and the best part is there is a huge amount of follow on activities and crafts you can do after reading it!

Why Ted loves it: I like this one, I like butterflies.. first the caterpillar hatches, then he eats and makes a cocoon house AND then he’s a butterfly

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

First published: 1968

Summary: Sophie is very surprised to open her front door to a big, friendly tiger who comes for tea but has a huge appetite and eats everything in the house.

Why Mummy loves This book: This book has been popular for so long, it’s beautifully illustrated and really encourages children’s imagination. It’s a really enchanting just for fun book and will likely be around for another generation or two!

Why Ted loves it: the tiger eats all their food! that’s funny! he’s a nice tiger.


What were your favourite books as a child?

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