• Meghan Douglass

Our Top 5 Picture Books

Updated: Aug 1

So I will just start by saying we haven't read all of the children's books out there but I think we've read a fair range and over time I can always add more to the list or do more posts about more of the books we have loved and why, but these are our top 5 picture books. I have always been an avid reader and it is a passion I hope I can pass on to my son. I think the joy you can get from a book is priceless. I love reading to my son, we read before every nap and before sleep every night. We get through a lot of picture books but we have definitely developed favourites and all for very different reasons. Some are fun to read and some my son just adores.


If you're interested in any of the books you see, just click on the picture and you can get more information (these are affiliate links and I get a commission for purchases made through these links, all views shown are my own). Here are our top 5 picture books:


Number 1.

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith


The Wonky Donkey is fun rhyming book about a donkey with a lot of personality. There is no real story to follow, it's a detailed description of the Wonky Donkey that builds and builds. This book is a lot of fun to read and my husband and I get a bit competitive to see who can say the rhymes the fastest without making a mistake. As you read the book you tend to speed up each time as there is a little more added to the description. This book is a lot of fun to read and the pictures in it really add a lot of character to this wonderfully eclectic donkey.



Number 2.

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey


In this book we follow the journey of a fruit loving piranha who is trying to convince his piranha friends they should all be eating fruit too and not peoples feet, knees and bums. I love the rhyming in this book, it's clever and witty and just a whole lot of fun. I've lost count of how many times we have read it and it never seems to get old. I'm sure there is a hidden message in there about eating fruit, but I just think it's funny, especially with the occasional sound effect added in by the reader. Aaron Blabey is very clever with his stories but even cleverer with his rhymes making for a great read.


Other books by Aaron Blabey also include the Pig the Pug series, all of which are fantastic and hilarious. Maybe I'll do a review of the whole series at some point but if you haven't already started reading Aaron Blabey to your children you really should.



Number 3.

Ten Minutes to Bed Little Unicorn by Rhiannon Fielding


This book is about a cheeky little unicorn's journey to bed time. In the ten minutes before bed this unicorn goes on a fairly epic adventure and sees an awful lot, all while her Daddy counts down to bed. I found this such a sweet book and the illustrations are fantastic with huge amounts of detail you don't always see in children's picture books. There is even a very Lord of the Rings style map which is a bit of fun too. I loved the story, it's got a fun build up and a satisfying resolution. It's one I am happy to read over and over, I love this little unicorn.


Number 4.

Where's Mr Unicorn? by Ingela P. Arrhenlus


There isn't a lot of story to this book... well really there is no story, but there is a lot to love. My son loves this book and I love how much he giggles when we are reading it. His laugh is the best sound in the world to me. Each page features a different mythical creature hidden behind a felt flap and each time the creature is revealed, it is the funniest thing in the world to him. I guess it's like a book version of peek-a-boo and he adores it. We read it over and over just because it makes him so happy when they appear from behind the felt and he never gets sick of it. I feel like this is a must have for any child who has ever gotten joy out of peek-a-boo. We do like the unicorn books and there are a lot out there these days.



Number 5.

Sleepy Kittens by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio


Anyone who has seen the Despicable Me movie probably recognises this book. It is the same story as the one read in the movie, with three very cute felt puppets to help you tell the story. This has been a favorite for all in our house from very early on. Even before my son had the attention span to care about the shortest of stories, he cared about watching these puppets. He loves to grab at them and play with them while we read him the story. He enjoys watching us pretend to brush their fur and make them drink their milk. This book is wonderfully bright and colourful and I have to admit I bought it many years before I was a mum because it is just a fun book and from such a funny movie. Whenever we go away we always make sure we have this book packed because on some of our tougher nights calming our little man down, it has been a life saver.


I hope you enjoyed my review and maybe you've been able to find your next read somewhere amongst these picture books. Don't forget, just click on the picture if you want more details. If you enjoyed it and would like more recommendations in the future, let me know in the comments or send me a message and don't forget to subscribe.


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