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The Top Children’s Storybooks

We’ve rounded up the M&B team’s best-loved children’s books. Is your favourite story from your childhood included? Or the one your tot’s currently obsessed with? If not, let us know what it is by emailing the title to along with an explanation of why it’s just so special to you or your bub.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, £6.99, Amazon

This classic picture book has been popular for years and was a childhood favourite of M&B’s features writer, Alex.
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Moo-Cow Fung-Fu-Cow by Nick Sharratt £6.99, Amazon

Filled with tabs and flaps for your toddler to lift and look at, this interactive book introduces a Moo-Cow for every tot and plenty of fun and colourful illustrations.
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Thomas The Tank Engine books by Rev. W. Awdry, various prices, Amazon

Thomas and his friends have provided hours of train-related adventures for plenty of families since launching in 1945. Today, M&B’s beauty editor Lisa's toddler frequently asks for a Thomas book – as many of the rest of the team did when we were little.
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Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter, £40, Amazon

The illustrations in the Beatrix Potter books were just as incredible as the stories, making these books beloved by families to this day. M&B’s shopping writer, Hayley, loved reading about the lives of the animals and wanted to join in on their adventures.
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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, £5.99, Amazon

A firm favourite of M&B’s shopping editor Sarah, this book invites you to wade through grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear.
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Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr, £6.99, Amazon

M&B’s staff writer Hannah used to love this iconic pop-up book, which was first published 30 years ago. If you can’t unearth your ancient copy, you can buy a reformatted edition for your tot to enjoy.
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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, £1.99, Amazon

If you have a little princess at home, she’ll love you reading this story about orphan Sara Crewe – just like M&B's shopping editor Sarah.
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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, £6.99, Amazon

Perfect for kids who don’t naturally sit still and read a book, this classic book is filled with flaps to lift – making it fun and interactive.
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Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, £6.99, Amazon

M&B web writer Alison’s favourite childhood books, Each Peach Pear Plum is beautifully illustrated and perfect for baby hands.
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Spot the Dog books by Eric Hill, £5.99 each, Amazon

The Spot series is loved by toddlers. Hours of fun can be had finding the mischievous puppy in each book by lifting the different flaps on the pages. Definitely a must-have for your tot’s bookshelf.
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Cats Ahoy by Peter Bentley, £5.99, Amazon

Great for any child who likes pirates (and cats) and rated highly by M&B’s features editor, Cats Ahoy also won the Roald Dahl funny prize in 2011.
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Dog Loves books by Louise Yates, £6.99 each, Amazon

Dog Loves Counting, Dog Loves Drawing, Dog Loves Books – the Dog Loves series is filled with doggy adventures that your tot will love.
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The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, £12.99, Amazon

Another brilliant book from Janet and Allan Ahlbery, The Jolly Postman invites your toddler to follow him as he delivers cards and letters to Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood and lots of other fairy-tale characters.
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Dustbin Dad by Peter Bentley, £6.99, Amazon

The dad in this story is very like a lot of the dads we in the M&B office know only too well – likely to pinch the remainder of your tot’s food from their plate! This dad eats everything in sight until one day he eats something he shouldn’t…
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Mr Men and Little Miss collections by Roger Hargreaves, various prices, Amazon

M&B's digital editor Rachel had the Mr Men and Little Miss collections as a toddler and loved to go back to them to read. Also, they're great as you can pick a book to suit you (or your toddler's) mood.
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Mog and Meg by Helen Nicholl, £5.99, Amazon

Loved by M&B’s features editor Anna when she was a child and now by her two young sons, Mog and Meg is filled with bright 80s colours and Halloween magic.

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