6. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
A pigeon tries everything to convince the reader to let it drive a bus, making
for a delightfully funny and interactive book where children are known to yell
“Nooooo” at the conniving bird. Simply illustrated, often with just a single
speech bubble on each page, Mo Willems’s 2003 book has deserved cult status.
7. The Cat in the Hat
It’s hard to choose just one Dr Seuss book from the 40-plus works Theodor
Geisel wrote over five decades. But this 1957 classic is a great place to start,
full of the author’s trademark quirky characters and whimsical words: “I know
it is wet/And the sun is not sunny/But we can have/Lots of good fun that is
funny!”8. The GruffaloJulia Donaldson’s tale of a mouse who invents a terrifying monster (“His
eyes are orange, his tongue is black/He has purple prickles all over his
back”), the gruffalo, to scare off potential predators, has become a modern
classic. Axel Scheffler’s illustrations are a large part of the charm.9. The
Very Hungry Caterpillar
From chocolate cake to salami, Eric Carle’s caterpillar eats its way through various
foodstuffs (and the book’s pages) in its journey to becoming a butterfly. The
book has sold the equivalent of one copy per minute since its publication in
1969, and is a great educational tool for kids learning numbers and days of the
10. Guess How Much I Love You
It’s hard not to be captivated by Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big
Nutbrown Hare, as they compete to express how much they love each other. Sam McBratney’s
1994 book is, with good reason, loved by children and parents everywhere.
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