Raising a Child Who Loves to Read - Recommended Books

Babies and Toddlers

Say Goodnight by Helen Oxenbury

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

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

A good nursery rhyme book – with art work you love eg

Sally Go Round the Stars by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy


Oliver Jeffers – Lost and Found

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Julia Donaldson

I Say Ooh, You Say Aah by John Kane

The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton (good for babies and toddlers also)

 A good fairy tale collection with your favourite tales and some of the more unusual ones. Fables and myths and legends also. Eg Yummy by Lucy Cousins


Early Readers – age 6+

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

Rabbit and Bear by Julian Gough and Jim Field

Claude Books by Alex T Smith

Age 9+

Katherine Rundell

Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens

Eoin Colfer

Derek Landy

Judi Curtin

Anthony Horowitz

Dave Rudden

Tom Gates

Wimpy Kid

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (new)

The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey


Sarah Crossan

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Dave Rudden

Patrick Ness

And finally - Books for Tired Parents

That’s Not My Dinosaur etc – published by Usborne

Hug by Jez Alborough

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Books for Parents who want to know more

Mad About Books: Dubray Guide to Children’s Books

Bold Girls recommended reading guide from Children’s Books Ireland