World Book Day is coming up on March 5th to celebrate all the wonderful tales that have shaped our lives and our children’s and to help us remember the importance of reading at every age. Sharing stories with your little ones is one of the best ways to inspire, teach them and ignite those imaginations from their earliest years, and there’s tonnes of great ways to celebrate World Book Day this year in London from nursery rhyme workshops and Children's libraries to storybook tours and ultimate Harry Potter experiences. Of course, one of the best ways to celebrate World Book Day is just with some good old-fashioned reading. Here’s a list of our favourite books for toddlers as they learn the joys of storytelling themselves...
The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Judith Kerr
An unexpected guest arrives for tea in this children's classic, now a smash-hit family show.
Zog - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
In Julia Donaldson's story, clumsy Zog tries his hardest to be the best student in dragon school. Now live on stage!
Little Red Riding Hood - Mandy Ross (Ladybird First Favourite Tales edition)
Discover this toddler-friendly version of the classic fairy tale, and experience Mill Hill Library's immersive reenactment.
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
Follow the adventures of the Hundred Acre Wood gang and everyone's favourite silly old bear. Have a read of their timeless quotes here!
Mog the Forgetful Cat - Judith Kerr
This forgetful cat is always getting caught in a flap - quite literally!
Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Introduce your little ones to a world of classic storybook characters with this beautifully illustrated picture book.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
Follow the scrapes of mischievous Peter Rabbit in this charming classic.
Dogger - Shirley Hughes
Grab the tissues for this touching tale of a lost toy dog finally found.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
You can't get around this classic! Follow this family's hunt for a misunderstood bear.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
This ingeniously designed icon is the perfect board book for a 2 year old learning to read.
Peepo! - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Peep into the life of a baby through this interactive picture book.
The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Walk through the woods with the lovable Gruffalo in this rhyming delight.
The Cat In The Hat - Dr Seuss
Take part in the tradition of this seriously-silly, unforgettable rhyming fun.
Owl Babies - Martin Waddell
This adorable tale of three baby owls missing their mother will warm your hearts and your children's.
Where’s Spot? - Eric Hill
Spot the dog and his animal friends in this adorable pop-up book!
The Elephant and the Bad Baby - Elfrida Vipont
Learn a lesson with this adventurous elephant and naughty baby!
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - Mem Fox
Toddlers from around the world realise they're not all that different after all in this touching moral story.
The Snowman - Raymond Briggs
Go walking in the air with this delightful Christmas classic and one of the must-read toddler books.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be - Emily Winfield Martin
This beautifully interactive picture book celebrates all the wonderful personalities and potential that your little one has in them.
If Animals Kissed Goodnight - Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker
A young girl wonders how members of the animal kingdom would kiss their own parents goodnight in this touching bedtime story.
I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree - Fiona Waters
This charming poetry collection for kids offers a nurturing nature poem for every day of the year and introduces poetry books to young children.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse - Charlie Mackesy
A new emerging classic, Charlie Mackesy's gorgeous illustrations are stealing adults' hearts as well as children's across the world.
Press Here - Hervé Tullet
An interactive, colour-changing board book that invites the reader's imagination as well as the touch of their fingertips.
Giraffes Can’t Dance - Giles Andreae
In a story about being yourself, Gerald the giraffe defies the stereotypes and follows his heart to join the fun of the Jungle Dance!
Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
Lift the flaps to discover the many animals of the zoo in this beloved pop-up book!
There’s a Bear on My Chair - Ross Collins
Mouse's chair isn't big enough for the two of them!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin
This uniquely illustrated storybook is intended to help toddlers associate colours and meanings to objects.
WOW! Said the Owl - Tim Hopgood
A curious owl discovers what the world is like by day!
Dinosaur Roar! - Henrietta Stickland
Thrill your toddlers through the world of dinosaurs and these raucous rhymes.
Have You Seen Elephant? - David Barrow
Let your little ones work with the characters to try and find Elephant through this game of hide and seek to read!
Bear On A Bike - Hannah Shaw
Try out a tonne of transportation with Bear on this whirlwind adventure.
A Busy Day For Birds - Lucy Cousins
Fly high with the busy birds of this singsong nursery rhyme!
How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc - Jane Clarke
Your toddlers will love learning alongside Little Croc in this genius educational picture book.
Fox’s Socks - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Help poor old fox find his socks through this lift-the-flap pop-up book.
This Bear, That Bear - Sian Wheatcroft
A glorious celebration of bears in all their fuzzy shapes and sizes!
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney
Big and Little Nutbrown Hare express their love for one another in a beloved tale that has been warming hearts worldwide for generations.
Whistle for Willie - Ezra Jack Keats
Determined little Peter longs and learns to whistle for his pup, Willie.
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? - Brianna Caplan Sayre
Discover the surprisingly familiar bedtime routines of every kind of truck, tractor, digger and plow!
Adventures with Barefoot Critters - Teagan White
Make the most of every season with this cosy group of forest friends.
Use Your Words, Sophie - Rosemary Wells
Bridge the gaps of language as little Sophie learns to navigate animal, parent and baby talk!
Duck & Goose - Tad Hills
This bestselling collection is an egg-citing addition to your Easter reading!
A Little Stuck - Oliver Jeffers
How will Floyd get his kite out of the tree? Read along with his struggles in the hilarious classic.
Up, Up, Up, Down! - Kimberly Gee
This delightful Dad and toddler tale is full of energetic (and literal!) ups and downs.
Grumpy Monkey - Suzanne Lang
Learn the all-important lesson that feeling your feelings is OK with this bestselling picture book.
Just for Me - Jennifer Hansen Rolli
Sharing is caring - little Ruby learns that "just for us" is miles more fun than "just for me"!
Elmer - David McKee
Celebrate individuality with Elmer the elephant in this charming patchwork of perfection.
Books for 3 year olds and up to look forward to...
The Old Bear collection - Jane Hissey
Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? - Martin Waddel & Barbara Firth
The Alfie Collection - Shirley Hughes
Kipper - Mick Inkpen
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Grrrrr! - Rob Biddulph
This World Book Day why not head to the Barbican Children’s Library, who host a heap of free reading groups and daily story times, or the wonderful Rug Rhymes sessions at Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library for some poetry sharing and nursery rhyme singalongs with your toddlers.
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