Books to read with your kids

Dads Choice Top 10 Books Dads Can Read To Their Kids

Dads can enjoy some quality time with their kids reading them stories. We’re celebrating the fact that May is National Share-a-Story Month to help get you started we’ve selected a Top 10 books which your kids will love. So come on get reading and don’t forget to share your favourite kids books with us on the Dads Choice Facebook page

1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson - Book cover

The Gruffalo is a children’s book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse, taking a walk in the woods. The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children’s literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway. This beautifully illustrated and cleverly written book has become a timeless classic. Perfect read for 3-5 year olds which shows that even the most threatening of scary beasts are not always as scary as they seem!
Price £4.99

Available from www.borngifted.co.uk

2. The Adventures of Sherb and Pip; Pip Gets A Job by Henry Patterson

The Adventures of Sherb and Pip; Pip Gets A Job by Henry Patterson - Book cover

Written by Britain’s youngest entrepreneur, 10 year old Henry Patterson these are a lovely series. An enchanting tale of a little mouse, desperate to make himself useful in the shop on the corner, called Not Before Tea. But what job can a little mouse do?
Price £6.99

Available from www.notbeforetea.co.uk

3. The Fizzle Trilogy by Tim Walker

The Fizzle Trilogy by Tim Walker - Book cover

The Fizzle Trilogy is a series of children’s novels published by Faber & Faber, comprising ‘Shipley Manor’, ‘The Flying Fizzler’ and ‘Rise of the Rattler’. The books are suitable for boys and girls in the 7-12 age group (but are also enjoyed by parents), and follow the exploits of Polly and Tom as they seek to unravel the mystery of a special, seemingly magical water known as the Fizzle. Their action-packed adventures, set first in Shipley Manor – the ship-shaped country house in which Polly lives – then in the Caribbean and finally the Arctic, see them overcome a host of evil villains and deadly perils as they draw ever closer to meeting the Fizzle’s creator, and discovering its true purpose.
Price £6.99

Available from www.amazon.co.uk

4. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake - Book cover

The Fizzle Trilogy is a series of children’s novels published by Faber & Faber, comprising ‘Shipley Manor’, ‘The Flying Fizzler’ and ‘Rise of the Rattler’. The books are suitable for boys and girls in the 7-12 age group (but are also enjoyed by parents), and follow the exploits of Polly and Tom as they seek to unravel the mystery of a special, seemingly magical water known as the Fizzle. Their action-packed adventures, set first in Shipley Manor – the ship-shaped country house in which Polly lives – then in the Caribbean and finally the Arctic, see them overcome a host of evil villains and deadly perils as they draw ever closer to meeting the Fizzle’s creator, and discovering its true purpose.
Price £6.99

Available from www.hive.co.uk/

5. A Twist in the Tail Animal Stories from Around the World – by Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Jan Ormerod

A Twist in the Tail Animal Stories from Around the World – by Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Jan Ormerod - Book cover

Mary Hoffman’s vibrant retellings capture the fun, wisdom and rich character of the diverse cultures from which they spring. Every story involves a battle of strength or cunning, with a surprise outcome. Each story is complete in just a few pages, making the collection an ideal choice for bedtime reading.
Price £5.00

Available from www.amazon.co.uk

6. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum - Book cover

Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new paper-over-board edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.
Price £6.99

Available from www.harpercollins.co.uk

7. The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed, Illustrated by Scott Garrett

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed, Illustrated by Scott Garrett - Book cover

Children can find out all the silly things they could ever want to know in The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff. With a clear, easy-to-read layout, complete with well-placed black and white line drawings, this witty book of facts, stories, jokes and lists covers a wide-range of topics that will have children (and a silly adult or two) laughing out loud, trying out silly things to do and telling all of their friends their new-found silly knowledge.
Price £5.99

Available from www.amazon.co.uk

8. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - Book cover

The Number One New York Times Bestseller! Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way. Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?
Price £6.99

Available from www.bookdepository.com

9. You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, Illustrated by David Tazzyman

You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, Illustrated by David Tazzyman - Book cover

Never put a camel in a sailing boat, or a tiger on a train, and don’t even THINK about asking a whale to ride a bike … This riotous picture book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles. A real romp of a book, with hilarious rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.
Price £5.99

Available from www.waterstones.com

10. That’s Not My Owl, by Fiona Watt (Author), Rachel Wells (Illustrator)

That’s Not My Owl, by Fiona Watt (Author), Rachel Wells (Illustrator) - Book cover

A touchy-feely book with with textures to touch and feel on every page, plus simple, repetitive text and bright, colourful illustrations. Babies and toddlers love sharing books with an adult, and as they are introduced to the eight wise owls in this story, they will also be developing vital pre-reading and sensory skills.
Price £5.99

Available from www.amazon.co.uk