Great books for Little Folk!

Hi there if you’ve found this through Kelly’s ‘Favourite Children’s Books’ link up!  I wrote this post originally last month wearing my Junior Leaguer and teacher of small folks hats, and it just seemed like a good fit for the link up!  I adore children’s lit. (I’m working on some stories of my own just now – an exciting, at-times-challenging, fun and interesting journey) and am so looking forward to this link up to find some fresh inspiration and some new books to enjoy with my classes! 

I love reading.  I rarely, if ever, am without a book on the go, and more often than not will be reading two or three at the same time.  I find reading soothing and enthusing, and an evening or afternoon spent in the company of a good book is always a pleasure.

I’ve always been this way, since I can remember.  My mother is a born reader, devouring books at a pace I don’t think I’ll ever meet! We read very different types of books and read them in radically different ways, but we’re both addicted to the black-and-white magic of words on a page.  If and when I finally sit down and write a book, it’ll be thanks to the love of reading and words I inherited directly from my mum.

I love teaching young readers too and encouraging them to read widely and wildly.  I love sharing books with my class, listening to them read, hearing their tales and stories.  It’s one of the greatest joys of my job (and there are many joys in teaching!) to see young ones getting excited about the written word.

In my work with the lovely ladies of the Junior League of London, we support a variety of projects helping families, individuals and children who are suffering the effects of poverty.  And some of these projects involve books and reading – we partner with a fabulous primary school, work alongside Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  This spring we are doing a collection of books to make into tote bags for needy families with toddlers and little ones, and I am so excited about this project.  Below I thought I’d talk about a few of my favourite books for teeny tinies (the 0-3-year-olds we’re collecting for).  I’d love to hear what books you might recommend!

At the bottom of this post is a link to the amazon wishlist I have set up for this drive.  If you’d like to help us meet our goal of giving each family a bundle of books, please do send a book along – I’d love my friends and readers to be involved too!  Of course, I know times are tight for many of us, so if you can’t afford to donate a book, please do just keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we work towards our goal!  The book bundles will be going to families the last weekend in April.  If any arrive too late, I’ll happily set them by (Lord bless the box room!) until Holiday Hampers time in November/December!

Great books for Little Folk!

Five Little Ducks by Penny Ives

I love sharing traditional rhymes and stories with tinies, and five little ducks is a perennial favourite!  “Mother duck said, quack-quack-quack-quack…”  There’s actually a cute little song with hand actions which is great fun on the bus or in the car!

Five Minute’s Peace by Jill Murphy

I think most mummy’s can empathise with the mummy in this book as she sets out on her quest for five minutes peace!  I remember reading this book to all the little loves I babysat for back in my teens.  Precious, with beautiful illustrations.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A perfect book for bed time.  And perhaps why I still wish far too many things goodnight!

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

This book is beautiful for a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle to share with a little one.  This video gives a lovely reading.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Oh, Hairy Maclary – a classic children’s book from New Zealand.  I loved him especially because his name sounds a little like mine, and because I too have mad hair.  This series chronicles the many adventures and escapades of the titular hound.

Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Will Doublas find the hug he needs?  This book is such fun, and is great for children to interact with – giggles ensue as Douglas hugs a parade of incorrect items!

I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs by Lauren Child

I very much enjoy the Charlie and Lola stories.  They are a bit nutty, and I love that in a book.  I have read a fair few of them and have been given several as gifts (I Am Absolutely Too Small For School, But Excuse Me That Is My Book) and enjoy reading them with children.  They are fun to read with toddlers or preschoolers, but also grand for more confident readers to attempt on their own later.

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll

Stories about a witch and her cat that have been entertaining children for generations.

Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson

I discovered this book a few weeks ago while shopping for a friend’s new baby (I love to give books as a new baby present).  I’m a big fan of Donaldson’s books, and this one is just as lovely as books like The Gruffalo.  Plus, cats!

That’s Not My Dinosaur! by Fiona Watt

The ‘That’s not my….’ books are such fun for the toddler and teeny crowds – they are sturdy and tactile and such fun to play and interact with.  And who can resist a dinosaur?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Another classic!  And like the caterpillar, I am very hungry, so it’s time to wrap this post up….

Many more books are on our wishlist (which I seem to be adding to daily!).  If you’re looking for book suggestions for your little ones or if you’d like to donate, please do pop over there.  Likewise, if you think of books I haven’t mentioned that would suit the teeny/toddler crowd, do please let me know in the comments below.

Our Amazon Wishlist.

Have a great week!


  1. Riot Kitty
    17th March 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Good for you, Claire! I love books as you know, and love getting books for the younger ones in our family. I just bought several of one of my favorites to send your way.

    • Claire
      18th March 2013 / 6:22 am

      Thank you so much, sweetie! I was super excited when we decided on this project.

  2. libbywilko
    18th March 2013 / 1:36 am

    My boys liked the Lucy Cousins series about Maisy the mouse. If I think of some others I will come back and leave some more in the comments. Just wanted to let you know the Hairy Maclary books are actually from and set in New Zealand (Lynley Dodd is a Kiwi too) … The part of the title "dairy" is actually a NZ term used for a corner shop. Which our kids found interesting as a dairy here in Australia would mean a place where cows got milked not a shop! 🙂

    • Claire
      18th March 2013 / 6:23 am

      Libby, thank you for the heads up! Truly, I learn something new every day 🙂 Will definitely add some Maisy to the mix as well.

  3. Christielli
    18th March 2013 / 3:35 am

    My friend Fea had a "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed party for her one-year-old's birthday this year. It was amazing. (She's the most amazing party planner ever.) You would have loved it. (I have a photo on instagram if you want to see.)

    • Claire
      18th March 2013 / 6:24 am

      I will check out that photo for sure 🙂 Fea's parties always sound legendary!

  4. Melissa
    5th April 2013 / 2:05 pm

    I love, love, love Charlie and Lola! They have such a sweet sibling relationship, which is rare in children's books/TV shows.

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