Children's Picture Book Classics!

I love a classic, throw Wuthering Heights or anything by Charles Dickens my way and I'll happily immerse myself in the drama of it all. When you think Classics it's easy to reel off some names that immediately come into your head; Austen, Dickens, Hemingway, Wilde, any of the Brontë sisters. But what about children's picture books? Those books read by your teachers or parents, the books we now buy as gifts for our own and friend's children. What comes to mind, then?

Here's our (very small) collection of picture book classics.  

Dogger by Shirley Hughes



Oh boy, what a ride. We fall in love with Dogger, Dave's favourite toy, and when he loses him, we're suitably devastated. You'd think that with that, the emotional limit would have been reached. But no, Hughes is not done pulling at your heartstrings just yet! Dogger turns up at the school fair, but someone else buys him before Dave gets the chance. What on earth will happen now? Spoiler alert, there's a happy ending. Suitable for 3+ years. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Join Sophie and her mother for afternoon tea. What's that you hear? The doorbell? Who's there? A tiger? Yes, a tiger. A tiger who gate crashes afternoon tea and empties Sophie's house of food and drink. Even the water from the taps! That pesky tiger! Suitable for 3+ years.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum

This fun and vibrant picture book is a play on the popular rhyme. Children are encouraged to search through each beautifully illustrated page to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character! In this book With your little eye, Take a look, And play 'I spy'. Suitable for 3+ Years. 

Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg


In the first ever Funnybones book, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series. The Funnybones books are a must for children just starting to learn to read - these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort! Suitable for 5+ Years.

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Brown

Handa's Surprise

A modern classic named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Handa wonders, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head... When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? In true pantomime style, your children will be dying to tell Handa what is happening right behind her! Suitable for 5+ Years

There are so many books I could have put on here, from Dr Seuss, to The Hungry Caterpillar to Mog, Spot and Ferdinand the Bull. But the real hero of this story is reading itself. Reading is a hobby that will grow with your child and will provide them with enrichment in all areas of their lives. It really doesn't get much better than reading.