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Five utterly adored books for 0 - 5 years

Updated: Sep 24

There are some books that your child will ask for over and over and over and....(sorry, where was I?). But, sometimes there is that truly magical book which your child will ask for again and again, that adults love too.


Here's five of our favourite books that proved to be their favourite books too.




Best for laughs - Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Schieffler


This is much-loved tale about a witch and her gang of friends from the team who brought you the Gruffalo. While flying with her cat on her broomstick, the wind blows a witch's hat from her head. Luckily, a friendly dog rescues it and, as a reward, is invited to travel with them on the broom. Throughout the tale, she encounters a series of other characters who each help the witch to recover various possessions that she loses along the way - but will there be enough room on the broom for them all?


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Best for dog lovers - Hairy MacClarey

by Lynley Dodd


Discover the lovable rogue, Hairy Maclary, and his four-footed friends in this hilarious classic tale. With unforgettable illustrations and a brilliant rhyming text, it's a true delight to read aloud again and again. This new cased board book edition is the perfect size for little hand


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Best for babies - So Much

Trish Cooke, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury


Mum and baby are home alone when - DING DONG! - Auntie and then Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and the cousins come to visit. And they all want to hug and kiss and squeeze and eat the baby right up ... because everybody loves the baby SO MUCH!


A special 25th anniversary edition of a multiple award-winning story,So Muchis a celebration of family life. Helen Oxenbury's characteristically warm, funny illustrations, paired with Trish Cooke's rhythmic, cumulative story capture the joy of being a baby in a large extended family - a baby who knows that he is absolutely, utterly adored.



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Best for mayhem (and reluctant readers) - The Cat in the Hat

by Dr Seuss


Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of children learn to read. Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known to millions of his fans as Dr. Seuss – was born the son of a brewer and park superintendent in Massachusetts, in 1904. Children will love the rhyming text, bold illustrations, and most of all the naughty Cat himself.


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Best for little hands - Dear Zoo

by RodCampbell


As you lift the flaps in search of an ideal pet, a host of different zoo animals will be revealed, until the right pet is finally discovered. Simple, stylish and highly interactive, this book invites constant re-reading. The sturdy flaps are perfect for small fingers to lift, and children will still love this book when they are ready to start school.



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Why not share your favourite books with us at editorial@maggieandrose.com

And don't forget to check out our regular Tuesday Book Club picks for some brand new additions to your family reading list!


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