What are your favourite picture books?

Primarily for the words...


Jez Alborough ‘Where’s My Teddy?’

So simple, so clever, so neatly rhymed, so beautifully constructed. An object lesson of how to use the right words in the right order.


Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler ‘The Snail And The Whale’

Her most lyrical and uplifting book. A celebration of wonder and friendship. Lilting structure perfectly matching intention/subject matter. Donaldson at the height of the powers.


Cressida Cowell & Neil Layton ‘That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown’

A perfect encapsulation of the magic of childhood. Impeccably written, hugely imaginative, massively fun, and, ultimately, genuinely moving.


Dr Seuss ‘Fox in Socks’

Pure, audacious tongue-twisting, word-mangling joy. A celebration of the pure pleasure of words. Who needs a plot?


Lauren Child ‘I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato’

A perfect example of how to create a distinctive voice. Funny, clever and totally true to life.


Primarily for the visuals/ideas…


Pat Hutchins ‘Rosie’s Walk’

Wonderfully lucid illustrations and the perfect visual story to allow the young reader to feel ‘in the know’.


Herve Tullet ‘Press Here’

An ‘interactive’ book – so simple and ingenious. My kids loved this. All kids love this, and ask to ‘do’ the book time after time.


Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt ‘You Choose’

A classic example of a book to inspire talk. No story, just endless conversational possibilities. What would you choose? Why?


Crocket Johnson ‘Harold And the Purple Crayon’

First published in 1955, this ground-breaking and audacious book sees Harold ‘draw’ his own adventure as the story unfolds. Clean, crisp, beautifully minimalist.