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Quin’s favourite books (great for ages 4 to 8)

Quin (aged 7) had such a difficult time choosing his favourites! He wanted to choose practically everything on the book shelves, and had a hard time separating the books he loved as a young child from his current favourites now. He ended up narrowing it down… but still chose some of his longtime favourites, hence the wide age range. He has started reading beginner chapter books, and of course we’ve read some to him too, but when I asked him his favourite books he didn’t even think to choose those. I think he still prefers to read picture books if given the choice.

Here is the selection of books he chose:


Quin's favourite books

1. Bill and Pete, a funny little book about a crocodile and his bird friend, Pete, (who also happens to be his toothbrush). Quin also likes Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile and Bill and Pete to the Rescue. And I only just realised that this is the same author/illustrator who did Pancakes for Breakfast, which the girls really love.

2. Little Boat , a sweet story about a little boat in a big, wide world of water and adventures. Beautiful illustrations!

3.Derek the Deep-sea Doctor , a book that has remained a favourite for many years. (We love all the books by Leo Timmers .)

4. Amos & Boris , the most heartwarming story of a mouse and a whale (I have reviewed this book before here). We also love Sylvester and the Magic Pebble , also by William Steig – I remember reading it when I was a child!

5. Beware of the Frog . I think this might be Quin’s all-time favourite book. I remember bringing it into his classroom two years ago to read to his class and the entire classroom sat there mesmerised by this book – I even had parents come up to me, asking which book I had read because their children asked if they could get a copy!

6. Puff, the Magic Dragon , which comes with a free CD featuring the famous song by Peter, Paul and Mary. The illustrations are so beautiful, and I love that this is one of Quin’s favourite books because it was one of my favourite songs when I was little and I love singing him the song as we flip through the pages.

Quin's favourite books2

7. The Way Back Home and pretty much every book by Oliver Jeffers  (Quin literally selected them all – I had to force him to pick just one!).

8. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. There are lots of versions of this story, but this one is my personal favourite and the only one my kids know. A favourite of everyone in the family.

9. Ira Sleeps Over , about a boy and his first sleepover with his nextdoor neighbour. Quin hasn’t had a sleepover yet, and I think this story appeals to him because it addresses the scared and insecure feelings you can have when you finally decide to do it.  (This is another book I remember reading and loving as a child!)

10. The Three Robbers : Quin was scared of this book for a while and then started asking me to read it to him recently (it’s funny how when something is a tad bit scary, it can really appeal to children because of the emotions they feel when they read it).

11. I Want My Hat Back , which is a silly book we all love!

12. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (not pictured), a story about a boy who has a really bad day for several reasons. A great book which really appeals to boys (I remember my little brothers loving this book as well).

Please feel free to share your children’s favourites below. It’s great for me to discover new books, but also handy for other readers too.

x Courtney


Comments (6)

June 18, 2014

Hi Courtney,
I’m really enjoying these lists as it’s introduced us to quite a few new stories. Interesting how your son felt about ‘The Three Robbers’ and how he’s comes around to it. We have Maurice Sendak’s pop-up ‘Mommy?’ and my six yr old son enjoys it, but the book has to live somewhere totally out of sight!
A favourite of my son’s is ‘Warning:Do Not Open this Book’ by Adam Lehrhaupt. Oh my goodness! This book is fairly new to our shelves and now looks about 15 yrs old as my son loves reading it and freaking out simultaneously.
Thanks again for the recommendations! I’m off to order a copy of ‘Beware of the Frog.’

June 18, 2014

Gosh not read any of these books, will add to my sons reading list. His favourite books to have read to him at bedtime is anything by Roald Dahl, we’ve just finished all of them, none left & he’s so disappointed!

June 18, 2014

Amos and Boris. Oh I love that book! I also love Sylvester and The Magic Pebble as well as Brave Irene. Great lists. I’ve loved this feature.

June 19, 2014

What a great collection of favorites! There were a few in there that I’d never heard of before, I can’t wait to share them with my kiddos. A few of our favorite picture books are: The Ladybug Girl series, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. We also read a lot of chapter books. Some current favorites have been The Riverbank series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

June 21, 2014

Haha! We too love Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Such a funny book xx


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