My favourite children’s books of all time

Favourite children's books - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

In conjunction with Dymocks

Reading has always held a special place in my heart. Not just for the love of stories and the ability to experience a different world, if only in my mind, but also for the memories they bring of loved ones I may have shared a particular book with, special moments in time and even places I have travelled.

I have always loved to read and lucky for me my children seem to enjoy it just as much as I do. Reading a book forms special part of Miss 2’s bedtime routine every evening, with the two of us sharing a book before she gets tucked in for the night, just as I did with my two older girls. Even now, Miss 8 and Miss 12 still enjoy sharing a few pages of their latest chapter book with me before bed.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Ever-changing Life of a MumMy bookshelf contains quite a few books from my childhood, but my all time favourite would have to be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Although the binding on my copy is a little worse for wear, I love the fact that my own children can share the exact same copy I read in primary school. I absolutely adored the magical world in which I was transported to as I turned the pages of this book. I still remember it to my dog in the lounge room, probably because I read so much and so often that no one else felt like listening to me anymore. But my dog was always a happy listener, sitting by my feet as I shared story after story.

Last week, Dymocks released its annual list of Top 51 favourite children’s books as voted my members of its Booklover program. More than 27,000 votes were received and you can read the full list here.

It was interesting to discover that of the books listed, my children and I had read a total of 38 from our own bookshelves, in the library or at school. Topping the list of favourites was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, which I wholeheartedly agree with. Author Mem Fox was also very popular with four of her books featured.

Now my mission is to complete the rest of the Dymocks list!

This list also got me thinking about my own most loved children’s books and I thought I would share 10 of my absolute favourites with you.

It’s interesting to note that all of my favourites, except one, feature in the Dymocks reading list. We’re obviously not the only ones who enjoy reading these terrific books.

  • Reading favourite children's books - Ever-changing Life of a MumThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – I bought this book for Miss 12 to celebrate her move to independent swimming lessons when she was 3. She loved it so much and we read it together so often that it was long until she was able to ‘read’, well recite, the book to me before bed.
  • Possum Magic by Mem Fox
  • Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – Oh the fun times Miss 8 and I have had reading this book together before bed, using different voices for each character.
  • Hugless Douglas by David Melling  Miss 8 loved this book both for the bear and for the crazy antics of the sheep. I was amazed this book wasn’t mentioned in the Dymocks list of books.
  • Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – This book may be a little newer on the scene but it has quickly become a favourite for all of my children in the past year or so.

Just outside of my top 10 is Miss 2’s new favourite The Very Sleepy Bear by Nick Bland, which I will have a book review on the blog for you shortly – stay tuned!

What are some of your favourite children’s books? Did any of your most loved stories make or miss the list?

*This is not a sponsored post, however I was kindly gifted six children’s books from Dymocks. All opinions expressed are my own.

14 thoughts on “My favourite children’s books of all time

  1. I adore children’s books. I think the only one of yours I don’t have is “Hugless Douglas”. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I discovered that as a teacher I get to claim my children’s book obsession on my tax – professional library, you know! My favourite books are usually the ones that are told in rhyme. Lynley Dodd, Nick Bland, Dr Seuss. And then for chapter books I lived in Enid Blyton books as a kid. The Famous Five were my constant companions throughout my late Primary years.

    And I ready constantly, still. Reading is like air and a day is not complete without a book in my hand at the end of the day.

  2. So many goodies on that list. We just read Josephine wants to dance for the millionth time tonight. That should definitely be on the list. The girls went through a real phase with The Singing Mermaid. You can’t go wrong with Hairy Maclary though. I think he’s my fave.

  3. Hairy Maclary is the absolute favourite in our house for both the girls and Dave and I (at the moment we can’t turn the light off without reading at least one Hairy book). Closely followed by Dr. Seuss books, especially now that Punky is at the stage where she is able to read the basic Dr. Seuss books herself. The bulk of the girls Christmas presents are going to be books this year, that’s for sure!

  4. Hugless Douglas is a new one for me. I’ve never heard of it! I must add it to our collection. #teamIBOT

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