Top 20 books for preschoolers

You can't judge a book by it's cover so that's why it's good to learn from the experience of others about what books are likely to grab your preschooler's attention. A good book will be read over and over until the whole family can recite it by heart. Very often, those books are the tried and true - classics which may date back to the 1950s and 1960s but which have stood the test of time.

We asked Whitcoulls, Paper Plus and The Children's Bookshop for their top 20 books based on popularity and have collated our own list, with the most popular across all stores listed first.


1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
2. The Gruffalo
3. Where the Wild Things Are
4. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
5. The Little Yellow Digger
6. Old MacDonald's Farm2
7. We're Going on a Bear Hunt
8. The Tiger Who Came to Tea
9. Where is the Green Sheep
10. Guess How Much I Love You
11. The Wheels On the Bus
12. Slinky Malinky, Early Bird7
13. A Lion in the Meadow
14. Willbee the Bumblebee Book & CD
15. There's a Hole in my Bucket Book & CD 
16. Green Eggs and Ham 
17. Stomp
18. My Cat Likes to Hide in BoxesHairy
19. The Giant Jam Sandwich
20. Poo Bum

3 Many thanks to Whitcoulls (, Paper Plus ( and The Children's Bookshop ( for their contributions.


Published 1st March, 2013


Copyright © 2017 All Rights reserved.