Storytelling creates beautiful memories between you and your children. Books can entertain them, teach them, spark their imagination and inspire them to discover the joy of reading.
International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on the 2nd April each year and aims to promote a love of reading amongst young people. So, in honour of International Children’s Book Day, we asked you to share your all-time favourite children’s book with us on Instagram - the book that holds a special place in your heart.
From classic picture books to epic tales of adventure, magic and friendship, read on for the Ultimate Children’s Book Guide as chosen by you!
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney
This timeless story perfectly represents the unconditional love shared between parent and child. Through a sweet conversation between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, this heartwarming message is simply explained, beautifully illustrated and easily understood by kids. Buy now.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
First published in 1969, this classic picture book continues to capture the hearts of kids across the globe. Featuring iconic handmade illustrations, your little ones will love following the journey from caterpillar to butterfly in an engaging, colourful story filled with nostalgia. Buy now.
Possum Magic - Mem Fox
Penned by Australia’s best-known children’s author, Possum Magic tells the story of two possums making their way across Australia to find the magic food that will no longer make their friend invisible. Written in verse, this classic tale perfectly describes the journey towards self-identity while also capturing the magic of the Australian bush and landscape. Buy now.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be - Emily Winfield Martin
"This is the first time / There's ever been you, / So I wonder what wonderful things / You will do."
This best-selling book aims to teach children that they can be anything they want to be. Taking the form of a timeless poem, the story explores all of the things you can choose to be and celebrates all kinds of different personalities - teaching acceptance, self-love and dreaming big. Buy now.
Time For Bed - Mem Fox
This much-loved Australian children’s book tells the tale of various baby animals getting ready for bed with the help of their parents. With gentle rhyming text and soft watercolour illustrations, this beautiful story is perfect for those cosy bedtime snuggles. Buy now.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is an award-winning picture book celebrating the joy of spending time with family. Adapted from the popular folk song, the story follows a family of five and their dog as they embark on an epic adventure while overcoming various obstacles along the way. Buy now.
Dear Girl - Amy Krouse
“Dear Girl, This book is for you. Wonderful, smart, beautiful you!”
The perfect love letter to share with your daughters, Dear Girl is written for the special girls in your life - encouraging them to be themselves and love who they truly are. With beautiful illustrations, the book aims to remind girls that they are powerful, strong, confident and perfect just the way they are, inside and out. Buy now.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go - Dr Seuss
Oh, The Places You’ll Go is the last book published by Dr Seuss during his lifetime. This timeless book is brilliantly written to describe the journey of life, through all of its challenges and joys. With lyrical prose, this iconic story will inspire your kids to know they have the power to take control of their life, despite any difficulties they may face along the way. Buy now.
The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson
This playful book tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a snail and a whale as they undertake an amazing journey across the world. Together, they adventure through the ocean and see some incredible sights - until disaster strikes and the tiny snail saves the day with a heroic rescue. The moral of the story? If you try hard enough, anything is possible. Buy now.
All The Ways to Be Smart - Davina Bell
This heartwarming story celebrates all of the different ways your kids can be smart, whether they’re dreamers, adventurers or artists. Filled with whimsical illustrations and a gorgeous colour palette, the book promotes being empathetic and curious, and to appreciate all of the unique qualities that make children who they are. Buy now.
Magic Beach - Alison Lester
Magic Beach is a stunningly illustrated children’s book filled with fun rhymes and imaginative stories. The story follows children playing on various Australian beaches at different times of the year, showcasing the adventures they can have using their imagination - from hunting for treasure to exploring rock pools and building bonfires. Your kids will discover something new each time they read it. Buy now.
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