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26 Books all kids should know before 6

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Reading to children from their early years is very important. Not only does it provide quiet time to bond with one another, it also encourages children to develop their love for books. 
Children learn to love the sound of language long before they notice text. You can get even the youngest of children involved by inviting them to look at the pictures as you read and asking them to point out different items and objects. 
As children get older you may notice them holding the books the correct way around and turning pages one at a time. They will begin by recalling parts of the book and read the pictures they see in front of them.
Children who are 2 years old+ may begin using stories in their play. Children jump into character mode and act out situations they recall. You can provide invitations to play linked to their interests and favourite books to encourage this further.
Here is my list of 26 books all children should know before they reach 6 years old (in no particular order) :
1. Rainbow Fish
2. The Tiger who came to Tea
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
5. The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
6. Each Peach Pear Plum
7. Where the Wild things are
8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
9. Elmer
10. Handa's Suprize
11. The Gruffalo
12. Room on the Broom
13. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
14. Little Red Riding Hood
15. The Three Little Pigs
16. The Elves and the Shoemaker
17. The Magic Porridge Pot
18. We're Going on a Bear Hunt
19. Aliens Love Underpants
20. Giraffes Can't Dance
21. Owl Babies
22. Peace at Last
23. Whatever Next
24. The Smartest Giant in Town
25. Dear Zoo
26. Five Minutes Peace
How often do you read to your children? 
Do your children enjoy reading books to themselves? 
Have all of your children's favourite books made our top 25? If not drop us a message and let us know what would have definitely been in your Top 26 list.

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  1. Anonymous3/6/15 04:05

    I love "We're going on a bear hunt".

  2. Anonymous17/6/15 04:05

    I have 4 kids between ages 3-7 and we go to the library every week. We normally have at least 40 books or more checked out at any given time. My kids love to read and we read together as a family everyday! My kids love "Peanut Butter and Cupcake".

  3. Anonymous12/6/16 09:52

    So many books, just a couple to add that were not on the list but I found my children really liked were Edward the Emu, Magic Hat, Snuggle up, Charlie and Lola, Wombles but as I mentioned the lists are endless...

  4. I would like to Monkey Puzzle to this list. My daughter absolutely loves that book! 😊

  5. I would like to add Monkey Puzzle to the list. My daughter absolutely loves that book! 😊

  6. Haha just had a look. My little girl is 2 1/2 and knows about 8 of those already...love the large family books and Julia Donaldson...have you ready taranosaurus drip yet? She loves that

  7. We have read 2-3 books every night since O was about 18 months old. A year later he was able to recognise so many words and began reading quite complex words and sentences very early on. As such, we've ended up with a vast library of books for him and I don't know how I would even begin to list a top 25 for him... He is 4.5 and enjoys some of the books on your list, but we haven't read all of them. Some of his favourites you haven't got include Dr Seuss books, The Lion Inside, Here in Space, How Big is a Blue Whale?, and On The Way Home.


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