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How to Catch a StarOliver Jeffers@JamesBlakeLobb
You can't really go wrong with any Oliver Jeffers book. They are beautifully illustrated and all have a sprinkle of innocent magic running through them. However, 'How To Catch A Star' was my first Oliver Jeffers love. The boy at the centre of the story is on a mission to catch a star, and he after a few sets backs manages to do it in a way that makes sense to children of all ages.
https://toppsta.com/books/details/45413/how-to-catch-a-star
https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Catch-Star-Oliver-Jeffers/dp/0007150342/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550433698&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+catch+a+star
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Room on the BroomJulia Donaldson@MikeWood89
...he loves guessing what's on the next page (he already knows), it gives me the opportunity to do lots of voices, it's about the right length (important with a two year old), pictures are great, he also knows it well enough to try and 'read' to me!'
https://toppsta.com/books/details/43249/room-on-the-broom
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Room-Broom-Julia-Donaldson/dp/150983043X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1550434465&sr=8-2&keywords=room+on+a+broom
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Sharing a ShellJulia Donaldson@MrsOsmendEYFS
Anyting Julia Donaldson was always a winner in our house
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10 Little Monsters@MikeBrownlow1@ianaddison
Easy enough so he can join in on the second read, counting (counting down), gorgeous illustrations
https://toppsta.com/books/search?keywords=10+little+monsters
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ten-Little-Monsters-Board-Book/dp/1408346486/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550435218&sr=8-1&keywords=10+little+monsters
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Don't Kick Up a Fuss, Gus
Adria Meserve@jodieworld
It's a great one as you get a bit of humour and it can spark talks about how parents have the kids best interests at heart even when it doesn't seem like it! Good to refer to as a tantrum diffuser too.
https://toppsta.com/books/details/51872/dont-kick-up-a-fuss-gus
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Kick-Up-Fuss-Gus/dp/1848120117/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550435654&sr=8-1&keywords=don%27t+kick+up+a+fuss+gus
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The Highway RatJulia Donaldson@andykeegan
https://toppsta.com/books/details/54734/the-highway-rat
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highway-Rat-Julia-Donaldson/dp/1407170732/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1550435920&sr=8-2&keywords=the+highway+rat
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The Magic Faraway TreeEnid Blyton@DesigningSchool
Sure Enid Blyton has been critisied in our modern PC world, but should that prevent children enjoying some of the most fantasic storytelling?
https://toppsta.com/books/details/62437/the-magic-faraway-tree
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Faraway-Tree-Enid-Blyton/dp/1405272201/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550436269&sr=8-1&keywords=the+magic+faraway+tree
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You Choose
@NickSharratt1 and Pippa Goodhart
@mrlockyer
It's about 20 pages long, with few words, and each reading takes about half an hour.
https://toppsta.com/books/details/223942/you-choose
https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Choose-Pippa-Goodhart/dp/0141379316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550436535&sr=8-1&keywords=you+choose
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Thomas the Tank EngineRev. Wilbert Vere Awdry@simiisme
https://toppsta.com/books/search?keywords=thomas+the+tank+engine
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomas-Tank-Engine-Station-Book/dp/067984340X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550436577&sr=8-1&keywords=thomas+the+tank+engine+original+books
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Hairy McLary from Donaldson's Dairy
Lynley Dodd
Still a favourite with my grandchildren
https://toppsta.com/books/details/53298/hairy-maclary-from-donaldsons-dairy
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hairy-Maclary-Donaldsons-Dairy-Friends/dp/0670913502/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550436913&sr=8-1&keywords=hairy+mclary+from+donaldsons+dairy
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The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
Jill Tomlinson@MrsMlovesSci
Plop is the best. I had all the Jill Tomlinson books as a child and I passed them on to my son.
https://toppsta.com/books/search?keywords=the+owl+who+was+afraid+of+the+dark
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Owl-Who-Was-Afraid-Dark/dp/1405201770/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550437271&sr=8-1&keywords=the+owl+who+was+afraid+of+the+dark
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The King's BreakfastA.A. Milne@chemDrK
My dad used to read it to us and do all the voices
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The Mousehole CatAntonia Barber@pdLouiseP
Absolutely gorgeous illustrations, beautifully written and a bit of personificatino thrown in for the storm cat. Household favourite.
https://toppsta.com/books/details/55839/the-mousehole-cat
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mousehole-Cat-Antonia-Barber/dp/0744507030/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550437954&sr=8-1&keywords=the+mousehole+cat
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Penguin Polly Dunbar@ClaireMarie00
My son is a massive fan of Penguin by Polly Dunbar. It helps that he shares a name with the protagonist but it also give us an opportunity to talk about anger and friendship - and he loves that the lion eats Ben for being too noisy!!
https://toppsta.com/books/details/99079/penguin
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Penguin-Polly-Dunbar/dp/1406373311/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550438261&sr=8-1&keywords=penguin+polly+dunbar
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Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell
Sue Hendra@DrKatie_Ellard
https://toppsta.com/books/details/52247/norman-the-slug-with-a-silly-shell
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Norman-Slug-Silly-Shell-Hendra/dp/1847389767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550438429&sr=8-1&keywords=norman+the+slug+with+the+silly+shell
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NothingMick Inkpen@indigovolunteers
It's a lovely story, but it's from 1996 about an abandoned stuffed toy who thinks its name is 'Nothing'.
https://toppsta.com/books/details/55834/nothing
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The GruffaloJulia Donaldson@RebeccaDack1
He loved The Gruffalo and loved joining the rhymes
https://toppsta.com/books/details/53247/the-gruffalo
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gruffalo-Julia-Donaldson/dp/1509830391/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550438669&sr=8-1&keywords=gruffalo+book
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Avacado BabyJohn Burningham@MrsP87622664
The wanted it over and over again
https://toppsta.com/books/search?keywords=avacado+baby
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avocado-Baby-Red-Picture-Books/dp/0099200619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550438976&sr=8-1&keywords=avacado+baby
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That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
Cressida Cowell
This has been read to my son more than any other book ever. Just Brilliant
https://toppsta.com/books/details/45966/that-rabbit-belongs-to-emily-brown
https://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Rabbit-Belongs-Emily-Brown/dp/1444923412/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550439138&sr=8-1&keywords=this+rabbit+belongs+to+emily+brown
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To Market, To MarketAnushka Ravishanker@MenaiN
Such lovely memories of our time in India when both girls were tiny. It is an enormous book that positively leaps off the bookshelf!
https://toppsta.com/books/details/140481/to-market-to-market
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Market-Anushka-Ravishankar/dp/8192317137/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1550439268&sr=8-2&keywords=to+market%2C+to+market
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Harry and the DinosaursIan Whybrow@TJohns85
https://toppsta.com/books/details/66880/harry-and-the-dinosaurs-go-wild
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harry-Dinosaurs-Wild-Ian-Whybrow/dp/0141375086/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1550439739&sr=8-2&keywords=harry+and+the+dinosaurs+go+wild
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Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney@taitheataithe
It's such a warm, reasssuring book for bedtime and I hgave found that it cna help children to talk about love and relatioships.
https://toppsta.com/books/details/85691/guess-how-much-i-love-you
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guess-How-Much-Love-You/dp/1406358789/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550440064&sr=8-1&keywords=guess+how+much+I+love+you
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Yoga Ogre@PeterBently@DuncanDraws
https://toppsta.com/books/details/69888/the-yoga-ogre
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yoga-Ogre-Peter-Bently/dp/1847389031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550440863&sr=8-1&keywords=yoga+ogre
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The Disgusting SandwichGareth Edwards@MrsC_EYFSteach
We love it because it has lots of repeated lines which develop as the story grows and my daughter loves to join in. It makes her feel like a real reader! Also, a lot of the story is only told in the pictures so in good ole teacher style you can ask lots of questions!
https://toppsta.com/books/details/69890/the-disgusting-sandwich
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disgusting-Sandwich-Gareth-Edwards/dp/1407131451/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550440554&sr=8-1&keywords=the+disgusting+sandwich
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Each Peach Pair PlumAllan and Janet Ahlberg@MrsMlovesSci
My dad used to read it to me at bedtime and over 30 years later I can still quote it cover to cover
https://toppsta.com/books/details/45519/each-peach-pear-plum
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peach-Viking-Kestrel-Picture-Books/dp/067088278X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550441260&sr=8-1&keywords=each+peach+pear+plum
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Great Pet SaleMick Inkpen@DesigningSchoolYou've got to love the rat
https://toppsta.com/books/details/72463/great-pet-sale
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Sale-Mick-Inkpen-1999-08-19/dp/B01K94DD82/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1550442595&sr=8-2&keywords=the+great+pet+sale+mick+inkpen
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The Book With No Pictures
B. J. Novak@FatherReading
As long as you are happy for your child to be crying with laughter seconds before bedtime!!! I think the best bedtime books are the ones that get you laughing and talking. Send your child to bed with a head full of excitment to dream about!
https://toppsta.com/books/details/50349/the-book-with-no-pictures
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-No-Pictures-B-Novak/dp/0141361794/ref=sr_1_1?crid=Q69PV232UGA2&keywords=the+book+with+no+pictures&qid=1553123269&s=gateway&sprefix=the+book+with+no+%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-1
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Mr Gum 1-8Andy Stanton@lucyearl15
https://toppsta.com/books/details/182683/mr-gum
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gum-Boxset-2011-Andy-Stanton/dp/0603565956/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mr+gum&qid=1553123872&s=gateway&sr=8-1
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Krishna and KaliyaTraditional Indian story
https://toppsta.com/books/details/65170/kaliya-serpent-king
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legends-India-Krishna-Team-CultureDabba/dp/1520739133/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=krishna+defeats+kaliya&qid=1553124152&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmr0
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