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Top Children’s Story Books in English


Children’s Story Books in English

My children love reading books and we have a large story book collection for kids in our house. They love reading books alone looking at the pictures. They are always asking my husband or myself to read aloud to them. And eldest who has started to read loves reading books to his little brother.

They also both love bedtime stories, which they cannot go without. Usually we spend a good half an hour every evening reading kids books in both English and Italian. Even if we have arrived home late and it is past their bedtime, we need to read at least one story before they will go to sleep.

Here are a few of our favourite kids books that we read regularly, and when I say regularly, I mean they usually try to get me to read all of them every night!
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Here are our Top 10 Children’s Story books in English


The Little Boy Who Lost His Name

A personalised book for kids from Lostmyname. This children’s story book follows a little boy (or girl) who wakes up to find that his name, which had been stuck on his door the night before, has vanished. He sets out on a magical adventure to find his name, meeting various characters and creatures along the way. Check out my review here and preview how your child’s book would look with their name. This book actually comes in 12 different languages.
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The Gruffalow

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

“Silly old fox doesn’t he know, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo” This rhyming family favourite never gets old. The Gruffalo looks like he will be a scary creature, when in fact it is the mouse who everyone ends up being afraid of, including the Gruffalo. This is one of our all time favourite kids books!
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The Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carl

Great for learning the days of the week. One Hungry Caterpillar eats his way through the week before making himself a cocoon and turning into a beautiful butterfly.
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Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister

A colourful story book for kids where one rainbow fish learns how sharing with others makes you much happier than having everything to yourself but being alone.
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen

My boys always feel like they are going on an adventure with this story book. Through the grass, the mud, the forest, and the snowstorm, finally making it to the bear cave. It is a repetitive story so the words are easily learned and actions are easily added to make it interactive so it is always a lot of fun to read.
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From Head to Toe – Eric Carl

From raising shoulders and clapping hands, to wriggling hips and bending knees. This creative kids book will get your children moving trying out the actions of each animal.
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Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book – Julia Donaldson

Another rhyming Julia Donaldson book made our top 10. Charlie Cook is reading his favourite book… about a pirate who is reading a book… about goldilocks who is reading a book. The pattern continues with frogs, spaceships, dragons, ghosts and more. This book is written in such a way that my 4yo can recite this back to me word for word.
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Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss

This book is perfect for children starting to learn to read, but also for young children who love to listen. Using simple rhyming words this book teaches children that before deciding you don’t like something, you should try it, you may just like it!
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Puff the Magic Dragon – Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow

One of my own childhood favourites, this is an old classic song brought to life in a picture book. My kids love singing along to this book while looking at the pictures, and joining Puff and his friend Jackie on their adventures in the magical “Honalee”.
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Hairy McClary from Donaldson's Dairy

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy – Lynley Dodd

A hilarious rhyming story book, the first of a large collection, where all the animals have quirky names. From Hairy McClary from Donaldson’s Dairy, to Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum and Bottomly Potts covered in Spots. My children have a great laugh to this book.
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Cooper’s Bear Hug – Melissa Woo

A cute little story about Cooper wanting to show his mother how much he loves him. He sets out to gain advice from his friends and finds the perfect way to show her. With a bear who adds comments to the story on every page when prompted it is an exciting interacting story for children of any age.

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  1. Alessandra Bianca


    this blog looks very interesting and I can see useful tips everywhere really. I am looking forward to reading all advices to keep raising my child as a bilingual and improve in this direction.
    Thank you very much!

  2. We have the first 4 books!!! My 5 yr old loved the first 4 and still enjoys them and now I´m going to start reading them with my 1yr old!! Will have to check out the other books too-have a lot of the Julia Donaldson books but not Charlie Cook´s Favourite Book!

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