If your children are anything like mine, they’re happiest when they’re curled up listening to your repertoire of silly voices. Here are some of our favourite stories for laughs, questions and hopefully, sleep.
"Stuck" By Oliver Jeffers
Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, so he throws up a shoe to knock it down. Then a cat. And a house. A fire engine and a whale later, and guess what? They all get stuck. A story by Oliver Jeffers about trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it.
"Hairy McClary" From Donaldson's Dairy By Lynley Dodds
The original in a series by Lynley Dodds, these wonderful books have a galloping rhythm and tongue-twisting verse that children adore.
"Stick Man" By Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo might be more famous, but Stick Man remains our favourite Julia Donaldson book. Follow the hero as he navigates various obstacles to find his way back ‘to the family tree, with his stick lady love and his stick children three.’ Must be read in a French accent.
"Peepo" By Janet & Alan Ahlberg
A favourite for years, this gorgeous Janet and Alan Ahlberg book depicts family life in wartime Britain. Children will love joining in with the repetition; ‘here’s a little baby, one, two, three….’
"In The Night Kitchen" By Maurice Sendak
Follow Mickey as he falls from bed and into the night kitchen, where 3 Oliver Hardy-lookalike bakers attempt to bake him into a pie. Maurice Sendak at his best.
"Dogs Don't Do Ballet" By Anna Kemp
Biff wants to be a ballerina, but as the title of this Anna Kemp book suggests, he can’t – can he? A great story about limitation and dreams, with quirky illustrations by Sara Ogilvie.
"The Great Dog Bottom Swap" By Peter Bentley
Ever wondered why dogs sniff each other’s bums? This Peter Bentley book explains why in ridiculous, glorious detail, and will have you and your little ones giggling for hours.
"Michael Rosen's Sad Book" By Michael Rosen
A great book for older children, explaining why you sometimes feel the way you do. Beautiful.
"The Witches" By Roald Dahl
No list would be complete without Roald Dahl. Those wigs, square toes, huge nostrils for sniffing children who smell like dog’s droppings….it’s not hard to see why this is an absolute classic.
"Goodbye Mog" By Judith Kerr
Tissue warning for the last-ever Mog book as she starts to feel tired, and….well, I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Judith Kerr’s last hurrah for the faithful, much-loved cat.