14 classic books from your childhood to read to your kids

Kinderling News & Features

There’s something magical about opening up a book your parents read to you, and reading it to your own kids. Snuggling up to pass on the story to the next generation is a super special way to get your kids into reading.

Here are 14 classic children’s books you probably loved as a child which your kids can now discover. If you don’t already have them on your child’s bookshelf, head to the library to borrow them. They are golden!

1. Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

The tale of a baby bird searching for his mother has to be one of the most heart-warming children's books there is. Also, just like you did when you were little, your child will love the 'snort'!

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This adorable book with its die-cut pages and holes to explore, follows a very hungry caterpillar's week as he munches through a variety of foods before transforming into a splendid butterfly!

3. Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox

This Mem Fox classic about opposites is a must-have on every child's bookshelf. Be warned though, you'll be asked to read it over and over - just like you did when you were a child.

4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.

With a well-paced rhythm, I defy anyone not to read this Eric Carle classic without using a sing-song voice. A great one for teaching your child colours and word association.

5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

"A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood…" Remember?! Your little ones will adore this wonderful tale about a cunning little mouse, his predator 'friends' and a scary but not-so-bright Gruffalo.

6. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Over 30 years old and still as popular as ever, this classic flip the flaps book follows a youngster looking for a perfect pet and is sure to delight a new generation of readers.

7. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Hail Dr Seuss! With it's quirky, colourful and bold illustrations, as well as a fun rhyming story, The Cat in the Hat will never grow old.

8. Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

First published in 1983, this delightful story of a dog named Hairy Maclary and his friends venturing out for a stroll will have your child reciting all of the dogs' names - over and over.

9. Spot by Eric Hill

No child's bookshelf is complete without a few Spot the dog books. Just as you used to, your little ones will love to flip the flaps while being read these classic tales.

10. Imagine by Alison Lester

An Australian classic and one to introduce your own kids to, Imagine transports little readers into the jungle, under the sea and more to explore their natural world.

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11. Possum Magic written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas

Who doesn't remember having this delightful picture book about a baby possum and his magical grandma read to them? The gorgeous illustrations and quirky tale are brilliant.

12. Each Peach Pear Plum Written by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Janet Ahlberg

From the best-selling author/illustrator team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg, comes this classic children's book that gives little ones a clue on one page of what's hiding in the picture opposite.

13. Magic beach by Alison Lester

A long-standing favourite with little Vegemites, this Aussie classic visits a perfect beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, build sandcastles, beachcomb, explore rock-pools, muck about in boats, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars.

14. Peepo Written by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Janet Ahlberg

A classic for babies and toddlers, this cute tale follows a baby through the day with a series of holes peeping through to the next page, giving a hint of what is to come.

And remember, the free Kinderling app has over 100 stories for free streaming and download!

This article was originally published on Babyology.