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11 Recommendations for Read-Aloud Picture Books 

June 25, 2017Rabbit Ideas

I recently asked a brilliant group of Early Years Professionals from the UK, Europe and the US for recommendations of picture books to read aloud with young children. There was a fantastic response and we had a great on-line chat about these books and more. Below is a list of the books suggested, we have read several of these but many were new to me, too, so I’m looking forward to borrowing them from the library and having a read!

-We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- Michael Rosen

– A Squash and A Squeeze- Julia Donaldson

-Tiki Tiki Tembo- Arlene Mosel

-Peace at Last- Jill Murphy

-Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus -Mo Williams

-No David- David Shannon

-The Smartest Giant in town- Julia Donaldson

-The Gruffalo- Julia Donaldson

-Once there were giants- Marton Waddell

-The Giving Tree- Shell Silverstein

-The Heart in the Bottle- Oliver Jeffers

11 Recommendations for read- aloud books

If you are interested in joining in the conversation, there are three Twitter chats I’ve been joining for Early Years (all given in UK time). Parents who are interested are made welcome, too!

#Kinderchat 8.30pm-9.30pm Monday

#EarlyyearsHour 8.00pm-9.00pm Tuesday

#EYShare 8.00pm-9.00pm Wednesday

If you know of any more, do comment and let me know; hope to see you on twitter soon!

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  • thetaleofmummyhood

    June 28, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Peace at Last really takes me back! I’ll definitely be adding it to our library, I’d forgotten all about it! #BloggerClubUK

    1. rabbitideas

      June 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      It’s a classic, isn’t it! 🙂

  • Donna

    July 22, 2017 at 7:33 am

    LOVE tikki tikki tembo!

  • Vicki hurrell

    July 22, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Room on the broom – Julia Donaldson it’s a fab book that I now know off by heart but I read it so much 🙂

    Also Dear Zoo is a classic 🙂

    1. rabbitideas

      July 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Yes! Dear Zoo is brilliant.

  • Amy Mighalls

    July 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

    There’s a few that I have never heard of, will definitely be checking them out though!

  • aneeqlondon

    July 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

    There are some lovely classics on here! I haven’t heard of a few though such as ‘No David’ and ‘Heart in a Bottle’! Will have to look them up. Thank you for the recommendations.

    1. rabbitideas

      July 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Always ask an Early Years teacher what works with their classes- they have tried and tested most books out!

  • Kim

    July 22, 2017 at 8:22 am

    We have all the Julia Donaldson books listed and ‘We’re Going on Bear Hunt’, but there are a few here I haven’t heard of so will definitely look them up

  • Momontheblog

    July 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Great list and as a preschool teacher I know a thing or two about a great book ?#bloggerclubuk

    1. rabbitideas

      July 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      That’s right- ask the people in the know! 🙂

  • Lisa

    July 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Peace at last was one of my sons favourite books. We love to read to our daughter. I’ve heard of most of them but will look up the others 🙂

  • Honey

    July 23, 2017 at 6:50 am

    The Gruffalo had to be there. Timeless 🙂

    1. rabbitideas

      July 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Definitely. Favourite last line of a book, ever!

  • Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum)

    September 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Peace at last is one of my favourites!! Some fab recommendations, thank you for sharing with #readwithme

  • Sarah MumofThree World

    September 4, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I think I’ve read five of these. I always loved reading Charlie & Lola out loud (back in the day before they were even on TV) and my absolute favourite Julia Donaldson is The Snail and the Whale, although it was a struggle not to cry when the snail saved the whale!

    1. rabbitideas

      September 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Yes- love the snail and the whale!

  • Acorn Books

    September 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I didn’t know about these twitter chats, I’ll have to look out for them. Some lovely choices, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Gruffalo have to be my favourite read aloud books. #readwithme

    1. rabbitideas

      September 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Great- see you on twitter!

  • fancypaperblog

    October 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I have to add Peepo. My little one loves it. Ten little fingers too!

  • fancypaperblog

    October 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I have to add Peepo. My little one loves it. Ten little fingers too!

  • The Pramshed

    October 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    We’re going on a bear hunt is a brilliant book. I read it to my daughter before every nap in the day and the evening. I’m pretty sure she must know every word by now, and I’m sure that one day she will read along with me. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. rabbitideas

      October 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

      It’s lovely that you have that routine- I bet she will read it to her own children in the future! Love how books make traditions like that 🙂

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