We’ve rifled through piles and piles of books to give you our top 100 best books for children and babies, ranging from cloth books for your 0 to 1 year old, to popular classics, such as Harry Potter, for your 9 year old. There are colourful aliens, animals of all kinds, loving families, brave princesses, cute bears, adventurous head teachers and wizards galore, meaning that there is a book for everyone on our list.


Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when teaching your little one to read, so let us help you out with our list of the finest and funniest children’s books out there. You never know, you might find a new favourite to read with your child!

Here is a list of all 100 books, so get reading!

A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
All Join In, by Quentin Blake
Baby Brains: The Smartest Baby in the Whole World, by Simon James
Baby’s First Book, by Fiona Watt
Bog Baby, by Jeanne Willis
Chick, by Ed Vere
Dandylion, by Lizzie Finlay
Dear Dragon, by An Vrombaut
Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: a novel in cartoons, by Jeff Kinney
Doctor Bonkers, by Jeremy Strong
Dogger, by Shirley Hughes
Doing the Animal Bop, by Jan Ormerod
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems
Each Peach Pear Plum, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Elmer, by David Mckee
Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl
Famous Five books, by Enid Blyton
Fattypuffs and Thinifers, by Andre Maurois
Finn Family Moomintroll, by Tove Jansson
Five Children and It, by E.Nesbit
Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown
Flour Babies, by Anne Fine
Frog and the wide world, by Max Velthuijs
Fungus the Bogeyman, by Raymond Briggs
George’s Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl
George’s Secret Key to the Universe, by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking
Granpa, by John Burningham
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr Seuss
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, by Lynley Dodd
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K Rowling
Here Come the Aliens, by Colin McNaughton
Her Mother’s Face, by Roddy Doyle
I kissed the Baby, by Mary Murphy
I Love My Mummy, by Giles Andrae
In the Bath, by Leslie Patricelli
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
Little Bear’s Trousers, by Jane Hissey
Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers
Mary Poppins, by P.L Travers
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Meg and Mog, by Helen Nicoll
Mister Magnolia, by Quentin Blake
Mr Grumpy’s Outing, by John Burningham
Mr Majeika, by Humphrey Carpenter
Mr Men, by Roger Hargreaves
My Cat likes to hide in boxes, by Eve Sutton
My Dad is Brilliant, by Nick Butterworth
My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
Once, by Morris Gleitzman
Oscar’s Half Birthday, by Bob Graham
Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell
Pants, by Giles Andrae
Peek-A-Boo! By Jan Ormerod
Peepo, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Peter Pan, by J.M Barrie
Stig of the Dump, by Clive King
Stuart Little, by E.B White
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox
That’s Not My…, by Fiona Watt
The Adventures of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
The Book of Moomin, Mymble and Little My, by Tove Jannsson
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
The Demon Headmaster, by Gillian Cross
The Elephant and the Bad Baby, by Efrida Vipont
The Enormous Crocodile, by Roald Dahl
The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson
The Heart and the Bottle, by Oliver Jeffers
The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes
The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S Lewis
The Magic Faraway tree, by Enid Blyton
The Man on the Moon, by Simon Bertram
The Miraculous Joureny of Edward Tulane, by Kate Di Camillo
The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear
The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark, by Jill Tomlinson
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
The Pirate Cruncher, by Jonny Duddle
The Sheep Pig, by Dick King-Smith
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, by Jean de Brunhoff
The Story of Tracy Beaker, by Jacqueline Wilson
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr
The Twits, by Roald Dahl
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
Thomas the Tank Engine, by Rev.W.Awdry
War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
Where does Maisy Live? , by Lucy Cousins
Where the Wild Things are, by Maurice Sendak
Why the Animals Came to Town, by Michael Foreman
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A Milne
You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum, by Andy Stanton
Yummy! My favourite Nursery Stories, by Lucy Cousins


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