Agree or Disagree? The Top 25 books ever written for 0-5 year olds.


We love a good debate about Literacy here on bundlesofbooks, and what better discussion to have over the next few Sundays than “Which books should go into the Top 100 Children’s books ever written?”

Bookstrust as part of the recent Book Week have compiled a list of the Top 100 Best Books for children. They have divided their list into age categories,so today we take a look at the books they have chosen in the 0-5 years olds category.  All these books can be purchased in our bookstore by clicking the links.

So what do you think about their choices? Agree or Disagree?

What is your all time favourite Children’s book written for this age group?

BooksTrust  Top 25 Books for 0-5 Year olds

1. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

2.The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

3.The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

4. Gorilla – Anthony Browne

5. Would You Rather? – John Burningham

6. Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

8. I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato – Lauren Child

9. Princess Smartypants – Babette Cole

10. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy – Lynley Dodd

11. Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

12. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes – Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

13. Little Mouses Book of Fears – Emily Gravett

14. Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill

15. Dogger – Shirley Hughes

16. Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

17. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr

18. I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen

19. Not Now Bernard– David McKee

20. Meg and Mog – Helen Nicholl and Jan Pienkowski

21. We’re Going on a Beat Hunt – Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

22. I Want My Potty – Tony Ross

23. Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

24. The Cat in The Hat – Dr Seuss

25. The Elephant and The Bad Baby – Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

So – What do you think? There are some books on the list that I personally have my doubts about – Meg and Mog and maybe controversially, The Snowman, as I think that works  far better for small children as an animation than a book. My personal favourite The Tiger Who Came to Tea is WAY down the list at number 17! There are also books on the list that are new to me , I  Want My Hat Back and The Elephant and The Bad Baby so I will be taking a look at those really soon.

Next Sunday we’ll be taking a look at the books selected for the 6-8 years category.

Have a fab Sunday and Happy Reading!



  1. I agree with you about Meg and Mog and the Snowman otherwise I think it’s quite accurate. Definitely think no 1 is right: my children absolutely loved Each Peach Pear Plum more than 20 years ago! They also loved Hairy Maclary. I find it interesting that there are so many old classics on this list. Where are all the newer books?

  2. I completely agree with Each Peach Pear Plum. It was my favourite growing up and now I read it with my little boy. The first time I read it to him at about 4 months old he squealed with joy at the final ‘Everyone!’.

    The lack of Gruffalo is disappointing. It’s very clever and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love it.

    I Want My Hat Back is great. The humour is a bit dark but if you like a bit of twisted humour in your children’s books it’s a must. 🙂

  3. I hate each peach pear plum but Joseph aged 4 adores it. i think I liked it as a child. I don’t know if its the best book for young children, but its a classic and has worn well. I grew up with the Elephant and the Bad Baby and its one I read to Joseph, it has great rhyme and speed but some of the messages are a bit dodgy!
    My personal favourite it is “Possum Magic” I bought it for Joseph when he was still in NICU and I read it to him often. Shame that the list is so English really so many great books out there.

    1. Ooh I haven’t heard of Possum Magic – shall look it up. There are a lot of amazing books by non English authors. I hadn’t noticed that about the list until you mentioned it!

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