Five Classic Picture Books

Five Classic Picture Books

Welcome to week three of my ‘five books’ series. This week it’s all about classic picture books with Chloe from Life Unexpected.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle I’m not really sure what it is that makes this book so enticing, but my toddler and I, just like generations of others, absolutely love this picture book! The Very Hungry Caterpillar makes for a colourful and hungry adventure. I have personally used the delicious fruit in this beautiful picture book, to teach Evie a few basics. From fruit naming, to colours and counting numbers, it is fun and educational!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – by Judith Kerr
I find this classic writing piece, one of the most adorable children’s picture books any Mum can read to her daughter. I think all families and children would find the setting rather funny. If a tiger showed up at my door for tea, I know full well Evie would be non stop laughing and giggling around the house. The loving nature of this story teaches your toddlers to share and care, no matter who the other is. I hope one day, all will remember the days we would share our tea table with an outsider, paving the way to a brighter future!

five classic picture books - perfect for sharing with preschoolers

The Gruffalo – by Julia Donaldson
“All was quiet in the deep dark wood; the mouse found a nut and the nut was good”. Rhythm and entertainment will keep you and your toddler on your toes. This children’s picture book has a witty mouse, who teachers the art of brains against size and strength. The descriptions told by the mouse, paint a really scary picture of the famous Gruffalo. Your toddler is guaranteed to want to keep reading, just to find out how scary the Gruffalo really looks. Once the book is closed and done, you start to ponder and maybe even a slight giggle will slip through, at the genius behind the little mouse’s cunning triumph against the mightier animals of the forest.

Guess How Much I Love You – by Sam McBratney
My heart just drops every time I pick this book up, and when I put it down again my heart is captured once more. This book inspires you to be more loving to the ones close to you, in fact it will even make you want to pick up the phone, ring your parents, and let them know how much you love them! “Guess How Much I Love You” is the perfect addition to any classic bookshelf, as a matter of fact it will be a great gift to any child or loved one who doesn’t have it.After all, Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare would do just that!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss really has a way with words. So up and down, and forwards and backwards. This was one of my favourite stories as a child. The imagery and pictures in this book have a correlation to that of a child’s dream, it’s so free and open with no borders or rules. This is why many children are so drawn into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss, and let’s not mention the deeper meaning behind this beautiful story! “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss, is about the adventures of childhood and growing up. The paths your children take and all the good and bad, experiences they will brave in life.

I recommend reading this book to your toddlers and kids. It will be cherished throughout their lives, even into adulthood. It will spark their inspiration to keep going further!



Thank you so much to Chloe for sharing her five picture books. If you’d like to share your five books then do get in touch – email to



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  1. 27th November 2016 / 10:54

    I love all of these books, although I haven’t actually bought my son any Dr Seuss yet, but I plan to for his second birthday. They were firm favourites of mine as a child xx #TheList

  2. 28th November 2016 / 09:39

    I’m familiar with most of these and love them, but I seem to have missed out that Dr Seuss for some reason – will have to seek it out.

  3. sarahmo3w
    28th November 2016 / 09:56

    Great recommendations! For some reason we’ve never read The Tiger Who Came to Tea, though! I haven’t read that particular Dr Seuss, but we did read a lot of them when the kids were little and I loved the rhyming and the way some of them were written almost as tongue twisters – great to read out loud! I do love The Gruffalo, but my favourite Julia Donaldson is The Snail and the Whale – it makes me cry every time.

  4. 29th November 2016 / 07:13

    Oh, I love/have a copy of all of these books. Great choices.

  5. 29th November 2016 / 16:43

    A great selection here and definitely some I need to ask Santa for Taylor this year – I can’t believe we don’t have the Very Hungry Caterpillar yet! #TheListLinky

  6. 1st December 2016 / 20:28

    Brilliant selection! We love all of these 🙂 #readwithme

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