As it’s National Storytelling Week I thought I would share with you some of Izzy’s best-loved books. She has picked which books to include and told me her favourite thing about each one.


Tiddler, The Storytelling Fish

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson can do no wrong – many of her books can be found on our bookshelves, including the popular Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Tiddler is about a little fish whose tall tales get him into trouble – and out of it again. The catchy, rhyming story encourages children to join in.

Izzy’s best bit: “Finding the Gruffalo fish.”

The Singing Mermaid

Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

This is a new addition to our collection, after Izzy was given it as a birthday present, and it is already becoming a firm favourite. The bright, fun pictures tell the story of a mermaid who joins the circus.

Izzy’s best bit: “The sparkly pages.”

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Judith Kerr

This was the first book that Izzy could recite, word for word, and is one of my personal favourites. Published over 40 years ago, this is a lovely story about a little girl called Sophie who opens the door to a very hungry tiger one tea time.

Izzy’s best bit: “When the Tiger drinks all of Daddy’s beer.”

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

The first time we read this book I wasn’t that impressed – given its acclaim. Then Izzy learnt the story at pre-school and recited it back to us. Hearing it from her perspective, with the excitement and adventure in her voice, completely changed the story – and the way we read it. Now she pretty much reads it to us as she knows it so well.

Izzy’s best bit: “The swirling, whirling snowstorm. Wooooo hooooo.”

The Cat In The Hat

Dr Seuss

A bit of a tongue twister at times, at least The Cat In The Hat is one of the easier of the Seuss books to read. Izzy loves hearing about the adventures of the mischievous cat and making up Seuss-inspired nonsense!

Izzy’s best bit: “When the cat juggles with lots of things on the ball.”


Anyone got any book recommendations? What is your little one’s favourite book at the moment?


13 comments on “National Storytelling Week: A four year old’s favourite books”

    • Thanks for commenting, Tiddler is just like my daughter, she has got a vivid imagination and is always making up tales, so I think that’s why she likes it so much!

  1. my son (nearly 2) has only become interested in books in the last few weeks! It’s wonderful. The Tiger that came for tea is a winner. He can’t talk yet… but when he saw the picture of the tiger drinking tea he made a slurping noise. I laughed for 20 minutes! was wonderful. I now want to get all of her books – especially the ‘Mog’ series.

    • I had some of the mog books when I was little! It’s lovely seeing children react to books, it will be great when my youngest starts showing an interest instead of just trying to eat them!

  2. The tiger who came to tea & The cat in the hat are books on our list of books to get. We love We’re going on a bear hunt too, such a great list of books!

    Thanks for linking #toddlerapprovedtuesday xx

  3. ahhhh no book list would be complete without The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Bear Hunt! 2 of the best ever children’s books, I don’t think many book list would be without them hey!

    Thanks for linking to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday (sorry I am late commenting, it was a busy week for me last week with half term and a trip away!) We hope you can join us this week too πŸ™‚

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