Book Week is one of my favourite times to be a teacher. Not only do I have the opportunity to focus on my passion, children’s literacy and reading children’s books for a whole week; I am also luck enough to work in an amazing school that goes all out in celebrating and promoting reading through book week festivities.

Visit our school during our Book Week celebrations and you will be transported into a world where the students and teachers are dressed up as their favourite book characters whilst enjoying guess the book competitions, guest readers, daily drop everything and read sessions and Mad Hatters tea parties where the older children read to the younger ones. This all leads up to a school play extravaganza, staring teachers, rather than students, acting out a well-loved story with a twist. This year’s will be the Jolly Postman with a few extra characters, including Roald Dahl’s Twits, Harry Potter, Hermione and of course, my role, the postman’s cat.

If your child has not yet started school, and you would like to create some Book Week learning fun of your own, here are my top ten children’s books to read at home. Each of these books is perfect for cultivating a love of reading and have many opportunities for fun, activities that will improve reading comprehension skills.  

(These books are personal favourites that I have used for teaching. I have not been paid to promote these titles.)

My top ten children’s books to read at home


Possum Magic, by Mem Fox


Magic Beach, by Alison Lester


Diary of a wombat, by Jackie French


The pros and cons of being a frog, by Sue DeGennaro


The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl


The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson


The very hungry caterpillar, by Eric Carle


The Jolly Postman, by Allan and Janet Ahlberg


Bamboozled, by David Legge

I just have to add one fantastic picture book for older children aged 10 years +.


The water tower, by Gary Crew

If you have a reluctant reader, this is a great book to piqué their interest. The mysterious story and expressive illustrations really capture children’s attention and leads them to anticipate reading the Gary Crew sequel, Beneath the surface. Here is a trailer for the first book, The water tower, guaranteed to intrigue your reluctant reader.

Tell us your favourite children’s books

Please add to this list of fantastic children’s books by telling us your children’s favourites in the comment box below, or help us promote children’s literacy by joining us for the Love2Read, Reading Hour on the 24th August.

Have a great Book Week, everyone and be sure to add your favourite books, below!