Picture books are the one thing I love to collect. There are so many exciting adventures to be had with a great story and when it is celebrated in pictures too, wow, what fun and creativity can be experienced by the reader.

So I thought I would share my top ten (or so) favourite stories just in case you were looking for a sensational Christmas gift or a wonderful journey to share with your children this holiday season.

I have found that there is so much to enjoy and learn from well-written stories. From finding out new information about your favourite thing to understanding emergent literacy skills such as rhythm and rhyme, plot sequences and matching words to pictures. Amazingly talented folk out there have also developed some lovely animations of these stories too. You can find examples of these on YouTube.

Without any more delay here is the list and it is in no particular order:


Flying booksThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce






The Bears’ Holiday Berenstain Bearsby by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Bears holiday














The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister












You Are Special by Max Lucardo













Any thing Dr Seuss, my fave though is, Green Eggs and Ham















Not a Nibble by Elizabeth Honey

Not a nibble










Verdi by Janell Cannon












Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French










Hairy MacClary from Donaldson Dairy by Lynley Dodd (plus any of the other stories in the series)










Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement

Grandpas teeth













Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks












Oh, of course no one can go past, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle









…and if your child is older than 7 and they haven’t discovered the Narnia series by C.S Lewis then its high time you entered that adventure with them.


If you want my opinion, get all the stories and show your little one just how totally brilliant reading can be.

NB: You are able to get all the stories online. Simply type the book title into your browser and let your fingers do the walking for you.


Have a wonderful holiday season with your families and friends and remember, logic will take you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere.


The Thinkers.inq Team