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Best books for children

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. Carl Sandburg
With so many beautiful children’s books to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. How do you know which books your child will enjoy, or find just the right flip-the-flap or touch-and-feel book to buy for your friend’s new baby?

We’d love to hear your recommendations on the best books for children, including children’s classics, picture books, nursery rhyme collections, flip-the flap books, touch-and-feel books, and paperback fiction for those hard-to-buy-for primary school children. Just leave a comment below telling us which books your kids love and why!

Keep an eye on our Books and Music category as well – our visiting BookWorm from Clover Hill Book Reviews writes a regular feature previewing brand new children’s books by talented new authors and illustrators. You’ll also see features about some of our favourite authors like Judith Kerr and Julia Donaldson.

Best places to buy children’s books

We wholeheartedly recommend the Oxfam Second-hand Bookstore. They have a great selection of second-hand books, including some gorgeous children’s classics. The money you spend in their online second-hand book store will go towards Oxfam’s campaigns to fight poverty around the world, and to help other families.

If you are looking for new releases or the best deals online, The Book People website has some deals which are simply too good to be true, with whole collections of top selling children’s books for a fiver at times.

A few of Really Kid Friendly’s favourite books for young children

The Snail and the Whale by Julia DonaldsonChildren's Book: Tickling TigersThe Nickle Nackle Tree

The Snail and thWhale by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
A wonderful illustrated children’s book about adventure, companionship and a subtle message about ecological responsibility.

Tickling Tigers by Sean Taylor and Jo Brown
Incredibly silly little picture book for young children and a great excuse to have a tickle and a giggle.

The Nickle Nackle Tree by Lynley Dodd
What a pleasure to read! This picture book uses inventive language and feels fresh and fun every single time.


Main image courtesy of Kate Ter Haar on Flickr

Written by Janis P.

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