Run by Booktrust, Children’s Book Week takes place next week so we thought what a better time to try and encourage a love of reading in any child you know. There’s nothing better than a bedtime story (even the Minions get excited about one in their new film…) so we thought we’d take a look at some of the Book People’s best books to share with children aged 5 and under.

Best books to share with young children


A great way to introduce any young child to the endless fun and joy of ‘Peepo’!, this book from the dream team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg is packed with sing-song verses and delightfully nostalgic artwork.

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s tale of the love between Little and Big Nutbrown Hare is a global bestseller, and it doesn’t take long to see why. An unashamedly charming tale of the love between parent and child, it’s a perfect bedtime story.

Where the Wild Things Are

A badly behaved boy doesn’t want to go to sleep and finds himself transported to a magical world full of mystical creatures, adventure and so much more…


The Gruffalo

You just can’t beat Axel Scheffler’s bold and bright artwork or Julia Donaldson’s delightfully rhyming and flowing text – and what a team the duo make together. One of the most popular children’s characters of recent years, the Gruffalo is a must for any family’s reading time.


Shirley Hughes has an incredible knack for writing heart-warming stories that evoke so many emotions with their nostalgic appeal. A young boy loses his favourite pet toy Dogger – will he ever find him again? Perfect to read to children who have a favourite toy they never let go…

The Day the Crayons Quit

This award-winning book not only has a story and illustrations that are instantly appealing to children but a Pixar-style sense of humour that will have adults chuckling along as a number of crayons decide they’ve just had enough…