Children's Must-Read Lists

Classic Picture Books for Kids

  • TGT2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
    (5)
    • £3.99
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    Judith Kerr created a best-loved children's classic with her story The Tiger Who Came to Tea, delighting generations of young children.

    The gentle illustrations coupled with the slightly anarchic story have unbeatable child-appeal and make this a perfect book to read aloud. If you haven't invited the tiger into your home yet, do so without delay!

    Toddlers from 1+ will love the big striped hero and his naughty antics.
  • EPQ2 Toddlers
    Allan Ahlberg
    Toddlers
    • £3.99
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    A beautiful brand new cased board book version of this classic picture book by the iconic Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each Peach Pear Plum introduces characters from well-known nursery stories, such as the Three Bears, Mother Hubbard and Tom Thumb, and encourages children to participate and to find the characters hidden in the pictures. The text, with its strong rhyme and rhythm, is perfect to read aloud to very young children, while the game of 'I Spy' keeps children enthralled.
  • DZO2 Toddlers
    Rod Campbell
    Toddlers
    (2)
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    Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo has been published in a sturdy board book format to suit very young children. The lively illustrations, simple story and engaging lift-the-flap fun guarantee the book's toddler appeal.

    With its repetition and appealing illustrations, this is bound to be a favourite choice at bedtime for toddlers from 1 and over.
  • AARFT 7 years +
    Shel Silverstein
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £10.39
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    Once there was a little tree ...and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
  • MTFC2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
    (1)
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    With her Mog the cat stories, Judith Kerr created a classic children's book character who has won lots of admirers over the years.

    Cuddly, grey-and-white cat Mog always seems to be in trouble for her forgetfulness. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she has already eaten her supper. But one night her forgetfulness proves really useful.

    Although first published over 40 years ago, Judith Kerr's story, starring this lovable, accident-prone cat is still making children aged 3 and over laugh out loud.
  • LAX2 Toddlers
    Jill Murphy
    Toddlers
    (3)
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    Jill Murphy is an award-winning author and illustrator and her first picture book, Peace At Last, is a lively, fun book to share with babies and toddlers. Mr Bear is finding it hard to sleep, what with the distractions of Mrs Bear's snores, the dripping kitchen tap and annoying owls hooting loudly in the garden. There are lots of laughs to be had reading this noisy book out loud and babies and toddlers from 1+ will return to it again and again. Fans of Peace At Last will also enjoy Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace.
  • The Little Miss Collection: 20 Books in a Box - Collection - 9780603572913 - Roger Hargreaves
    LMIT 3 years +
    Roger Hargreaves
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £59.80
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    • Just 50.00p per book
    This tray of Little Miss books will bring a smile to the face of your children that is just as big as Little Miss Sunshine's.

    Favourites with children for many years, there are 20 books to enjoy and all of the most popular characters are featured, including Little Miss Naughty, Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Trouble.

    The brilliant value of this collection is simply unbelievable and the tray-shaped box makes it convenient for storing. A lovely collection for any fans of Roger Hargreaves' creations.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
    (36)
    • £12.99
    • RRP £69.90
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    • Just £1.30 per book
    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
  • VEL2 3 years +
    Margery Williams
    3 years +
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    Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit is a best-loved children's book that will strike a chord with readers of all ages.

    The importance of friendship and the affection that young children feel towards their favourite cuddly toys are subjects that are poignantly and heart-warmingly expressed in Margery Williams' classic tale.

    The Velveteen Rabbit hopes to become real as he has been told that if an owner truly loves their toy, the toy will become real forever! This little treasure would make a perfect present for parents and their toddlers.
  • ELQ2 Toddlers
    David McKee
    Toddlers
    (2)
    • £3.99
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    Elmer the patchwork elephant is the star of this gorgeous picture book.

    David McKee's stunning illustrations give Elmer lots of toddler appeal and this is a lovely book to read to youngsters to illustrate the message that it's OK to be different and not just one of the crowd!

    Elmer offers lots of fun and laughter for readers aged 1 and over.
  • Hairy Maclary - Collection - 9780670913862 - Lynley Dodd
    ACZMD 3 years +
    Lynley Dodd
    3 years +
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    • Just £2.40 per book
    This is a deliciously chunky hardback gift edition of five Hairy Maclary stories from the first, "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" to "Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet".
  • WSP2 Toddlers
    Eric Hill
    Toddlers
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £5.99
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    Created by Eric Hill, Spot the dog has entertained generations of toddlers and this sturdy and interactive board book gives little ones the chance to have hours of fun searching under the flaps for him!

    Children will love the repetition of "Is he in the clock? Is he in the box? Is he under the rug?" and will enjoy predicting what's going to happen with the turn of every page!

    A fun and interactive children's book that will be returned to again and again - Spot books never fail to impress.
  • OWZ2 Toddlers
    Martin Waddell
    Toddlers
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    This charming tale starring some very cute baby owls is perfect for sharing with any youngster.

    The reassuring story is ideal for helping to calm little ones who have ever worried about Mummy leaving them alone, as Sarah, Percy and Bill wake up in their tree hole to find their mother has gone.

    As darkness closes in the owls start to worry but she soon joyfully returns and their fears disappear. Beautifully illustrated, this book will warm the heart of any grown-up enjoying it with a child.
  • LFD2 3 years +
    Oliver Jeffers
    3 years +
    (2)
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    Simple and heart-warming, Oliver Jeffers' picture book, Lost and Found, is an uplifting story, dealing with loneliness and friendship.

    The stylish illustrations will appeal to adults and their youngsters and make reading Lost and Found an absolute delight. When a small boy finds a penguin on his doorstep, he decides to return him home to the South Pole. But when they arrive at their destination, the penguin looks so sad, the boy is unable to leave him..

    This is a captivating story that children aged three and over will love to hear again, and again, and again!
  • FUO2 3 years +
    3 years +
    (2)
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    There was a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton - woof! Well-loved author Allan Ahlberg teamed up with Andre Amstutz to create this hilarious collection of skeleton stories, featuring The Ghost Train, Bumps in the Night and Skeleton Crew in one bumper book.

    Full of jokes and with a simple, repetitive text that will help build reading skills, Funnybones: A Brilliant Bone-rattling Collection! will appeal to young children and entertain parents or family members who remember the classic animated TV series.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • AHRFJ 3 years +
    Raymond Briggs
    3 years +
    (1)
    • £7.89
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    Everyone's favourite snowman, with a sparkly glitter cover and introduction by Raymond Briggs. One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world. In 2012 the 30th anniversary of The Snowman was celebrated with a brand new half-hour animation The Snowman and the Snowdog. It introduced a new adorable character, can you guess who? That's right, a lovable snow puppy!
  • GUV2 Toddlers
    Sam McBratney
    Toddlers
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare's efforts to express their love for each other has long been a favourite of ours at Red House - and with the book selling over 18 million copies worldwide, many generations of readers also love this touching tale.

    This beautiful 20th anniversary edition of Guess How Much I Love You comes in an enlarged board book format that little ones will cherish forever. The gorgeous story will be enjoyed time and time again - it's a true classic and this version is robust enough to withstand even the most terrible of toddler tantrums.

    Adored by children and adults alike, the simple story and endearing illustrations make this an unbeatable bedtime read 20 years on from first publication.
  • AMMMT
    Emily Gravett
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    A mischievous little girl and her toy monkey swing irresistibly through the pages of this playful book. Young children will love guessing what animal they are pretending to be, before shouting out the answers as the pages are turned to reveal the real creatures. Soon everyone will be waddling like a penguin, jumping like a kangaroo and hanging upside down like a bat!
  • WWM2 3 years +
    Maurice Sendak
    3 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    One of the classic children's books, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is pretty much the perfect bedtime read.

    Max doesn't want to go to bed and finds himself travelling to a faraway, mystical land full of monsters who roar and gnash their terrible teeth. It's a little frightening but so much fun!

    Bold and stylish, funny and ultimately heart-warming, the book is full of toddler appeal and was memorably adapted into a hit film by Spike Jonze.

    This paperback edition of the Caldecott Medal-winning story will be returned to time and time again by toddlers who love mystery and adventure.
  • PFD2 3 years +
    Peter Yarrow
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
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    A timeless tale, we love Puff the Magic Dragon at Red House and just know your little one will, too.

    If they're not familiar with the magical story and famous song, then prepare for them to be delighted as they get to know the words and sing along with the free CD, featuring the vocals of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary!

    Beautifully produced, the story features gorgeous and atmospheric paintings from Eric Puybaret and is sure to quickly become an enchanting family favourite.