#Blogtober – Day 14 – 24 books your children need to read!

This is part of a series of post for Blogtober 

24 Books your children need to read

Not long now until you know the big “C” and the thought of advent calendars are probably on your minds. If you haven’t heard about the Book Advent yet, well, where have you been? The Book Advent is pretty much 24 books each individually wrapped ready to be opened one by one each day of December. It is a lovely way to encourage reading. So, here are my top 24 books your children need to read.

  1. The Jolly Christmas Postman – Written by Janet Ahlberg it is the second book of The Jolly Postmen Series. It is Christmas Eve and the postman is out delivering all the Christmas letters, cards and a game! 
  2. The Smartest Giant In Town – Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The Giant is the scruffiest giant in all of town, that is until he see’s a shop that sells smart clothes. On his way, he sees a Fox, Mouse and various other residents of the village. All needing his help!                                                                  
  3. The Highway Rat – Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This year’s BBC Christmas animation adaptation. Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel – he even steals his own horse’s hay. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck? 
  4. Ten Little Monsters – Written by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty – A monster stomp of a book with lots of things to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling Ten Little Pirates is perfect for sharing again and again – at Halloween, or at any time of the year! 
  5. The Winter Fox – Written by Timothy Knapman – Fox is so busy playing all summer long, that when winter comes he is cold, hungry and all alone. If only he’d listened to his friends…Can a Christmas wish make things right? With sparkly foil throughout, this tale of friendship is the perfect story to share on cold winter nights. 
  6. There’s a snake in my school – Written by David Walliams – Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet…Penelope the snake. 
  7. Funny Bones – Written by Allan and Janet Ahlberg – I personally love this book! and it instantly brings me back to my childhood sitting in the school library. Every child will love this book and the ingenious rhymes! 
  8. Giraffes Can’t Dance – Written by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees – Gerald the tall giraffe would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance . . . or can they? 
  9. You can’t take an elephant on the bus – Written by Patricia Cleveland-Peck – “You can’t take an elephant on the bus … It would simply cause a terrible fuss! Elephants’ bottoms are heavy and fat and would certainly squash the seats quite flat”                                                      
  10. The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Written by Judith Kerr – The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!                                                                                         
  11. This is the bear and the scary night – Written by Sarah Hayes – The boy, the bear and the dog are the best of friends. But one day the bear gets lost and has to be searched for high and low. In This is the Bear and the Scary Night, the bear gets accidentally left behind in the park and has a scary night adventure! 
  12. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Written by Michael Rosen – Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
  13. Each Peach Pear Plum – Written by Allan and Janet Ahlberg –  Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. 
  14. Not Now Bernard! – Written by David Mckee – Bernard’s got a problem. He’s found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster… and that doesn’t go quite to plan.                                                                   
  15. Farmer Duck – Written by Martin Waddell – Farmer Duck isn’t your average duck. This duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields, and cares for the other animals on the farm–all because the owner of the farm is too lazy to do these things himself. But when Farmer Duck finally collapses from exhaustion, the farmyard animals come to the rescue with a simple but heroic plan.                                   
  16. Oi Frog!– Written by Kes Gray – Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.                     
  17. Green Eggs and Ham – Written by Dr Suess – When Sam-I-am persists in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!                                                                                              
  18. Aliens Love Underpants – Written by Claire Freedman – This zany, hilarious tale is delightfully brought to life by Ben Cort’s vibrant illustrations. With a madcap, rhyming text by award-winning Claire Freedman, this is sure to enchant and amuse the whole family!                                          
  19. Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet – Written by Tom Fletcher – Danny and Dinosaur are back, and this time they are going to space! But when Danny realises he’s forgotten Dino’s lunch box, the very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way home: the rocket!                
  20. Spinderella – Written by Julia Donaldson – Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn’t know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can’t count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan             
  21. The Day the Crayons Quit – Written by Drew Daywalt – Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! 
  22. The Day the Crayons Came Home – Written by Drew Daywalt – One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who have been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a sock!
  23. This Moose Belongs to Me – Written by Oliver Jeffers – Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules on How to Be a Good Pet. But one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own…                                                                            
  24. I love you to the moon and back – Written by Little Tiger Press – When the sun comes up, Big Bear and Little Bear think of new ways to share their love. Big Bear loves Little Bear more and more as each day passes, right up to each new moon – and back.                                                 


  1. 15th October 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Ahh! This list really made me smile. Such lovely books.
    Each Peach Pear Plum was my favourite when I was a child x

    • 15th October 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you, It is a lovely book and I love how the characters are already known!

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