The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The Gruffalo dream team do it again! A great book to read aloud with soaring descriptions in bouncy rhyming couplets and illustrations both detailed and cartoonlike. The snail wants to get away from the flock on the rock and decides to hitch a ride with a friendly whale, but when the whale gets frightened by some speedboats and is beached, the snail cannot fail to save his friend.
Hooray for Fish - Lucy Cousins.
Bright colours and a large format book, make this one very popular with toddlers. A little fish introduces us to his friends, saving his best friend for last. Although my secret favourites are the Twin Fin Fin fish.
Harry the Dirty Dog - Gene Zion
The story of a naughty dog who doesn't want to take a bath, preferring instead to have the dirtiest adventures he can find. Yes there is a coal chute in this book, but even though my son is in his "why" phase, he's yet to question it.
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews.
A really simple book, illustrated with photo collage, it tells the story of one very hot day in the city when it's too hot to play outside until the rain comes. Lots of adults think this book is very strange, but it appeals to children because it tells the story of something real using real pictures of a real little girl.Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
A classic tale of Max who sails “in and out of weeks and almost over a year, to where the wild things are”. As the mother of a toddler deep in the terrible twos I know that there’s a little bit of Max in all of us. It’s nice to know that the same fierceness that makes you chase a dog with a fork also guarantees not being scared of monsters.