Do not underestimate the power of a rhyme when it comes to getting your little ones into books. Caroline Thain gives her favourites…

Sharing special time with your child creates magical memories and builds bonds. Check out our pick of sensational stories for little ones from birth to school age. When it comes to fun book ideas, let us meet your needs with a fabulous selection of great rhyming reads.

There’s an ouch in my pouch by Jeanne Willis

The rhymes are novel and interesting and there is a cosy sentimental reassuring message about sibling rivalry.

What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson

A brilliant quirky adventure where the animals swap sounds, much to the delight of children.

Dinosaurs love underpants by Claire Freedman

The whole series, including pirates and aliens, is wonderfully illustrated and hilarious for all ages.

You are my I love you by Maryann Cusimano Love

Have the tissues handy, as it is an emotive metaphorical rollercoaster. Truly beautiful.

Yawn by Sally Symes

Best for babies, this short board book features a peephole, aiding storytelling. Toddlers like to shout out which animal comes next, as they become familiar with it. Perfect for bedtime.

A lark in the ark by Peter Bently

A fantastic flap book journeying through the imaginative depiction of what Noah and his animal crew may have got up to.

The cat in the hat by Dr Seuss 

A well-loved frolic through the mind of, perhaps, the zaniest of authors. The star character causes mischief and cheer with wordplay aplenty. They will request this again and again.

Duck in the truck by Jez Alborough 

Better for primary kids as it is fairly long. Action-packed with an endearing saga told in captivating rhyme.

Click, clack, moo – cows that type by Doreen Cronin

Slightly bizarre, it tells the story of Farmer Brown and his herd, who leave typed notes demanding plusher conditions. Refreshingly different.

Each peach pear plum by Allan Ahlberg

Ideal for young babies, this board book is an engaging classic, starring fairy tale favourites Mother Hubbard and Baby Bunting in the text.

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