These exciting, colourful and engaging stories are guaranteed to inspire a lifelong love of reading in children. See the list below for the very best books for early readers, ordered by target age.
In this vibrant book, Peppa and George introduce a selection of important first words in an exciting and enjoyable way. With simple themes like 'at home', 'at the park' and 'at a party', little ones will be learning lots of words in no time, and will be captivated by the lift-the-flap surprises!
Featuring the famous half-grizzly bear, half-buffalo, this tale follows a brave little mouse, who believes the Gruffalo is nothing but fantasy - until he comes face-to-face with him! Complete with distinctive illustrations by Axel Scheffler, this story is guaranteed to delight early readers and be remembered forever.
Journey to the spellbinding Planet Pok where friendly monsters PemPem, Nid, San and Gop will introduce children to some hilarious nonsense words and help them develop their phonics skills. Whilst adults read the main narrative, kids can enjoy reading the monsters' funny language.
Beatrix Potter | 3+
This delightful series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. First published in 1902, these tales have enchanted young readers for generations, introducing youngsters to unforgettable characters like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, all illustrated in a delicate style.
Katie Saunders | 3+
This big, beautiful book is sure to keep little readers entertained as they develop their phonics and reading skills. Each of the five funny stories focuses on a different vowel sound, and children will love reading about the cats, hens, pigs, foxes, pups and ducks on the farm. Children will build their vocabulary and have lots of fun, too!
A. A. Milne | 5+
Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the most recognisable and adorable characters in children's literature, and you and your little one can join him and all his friends in his enchanting adventures. Starring best-loved characters such as Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin, early readers will be enthralled by these classic tales.
Michael Morpurgo | 5+
This poignant tale follows Lisa and her beloved cat, Snug. Everywhere Lisa goes, Snug follows. But as Snug grows older, he spends more time away from home, and one night he comes home all beaten up. Then, he disappears. This touching story about friendship will move young readers.
Dr. Seuss | 5+
The vibrant stories of Dr. Seuss are bright, fun and completely crazy! Featuring all the best-loved tales such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham, kids will adore these quirky books, which are sure to help them become confident readers.
Daisy Meadows | 5+
Fairy fans will be spellbound by these stunning stories. They follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Easily readable and wonderfully magical, this fantasy series is perfect for children who want to start reading on their own. But which fairy will be your child's favourite?
Cornelia Funke | 5+
This captivating story features a tiny silver dragon who has been chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight. Now, chaos has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunk down into a miniature man, hiding in a toy castle. Can he defeat the knight and survive to the next morning? This gorgeous, appealing book is perfect for those who are learning to read.