5 Books For Pre-Schoolers To Read Every. Single. Night.

My 3 year old has always loved books. It’s brilliant. Until he really loves one book. And wants to read it every single night. This was ok when he was 1 and a book took 3 minutes to read. Now he’s 3, one book can feel like a lifetime. Choose wisely, book-buying-parents, or regret it forever…

(We’ve included links to buy the books – they are mostly Amazon. They’re just to help you find the book – they’re not sponsored or affiliated, we don’t get any cash so feel free to buy your book wherever you like! In fact, why not post in the Mummy’s Gin Fund buy & sell group and see if you can get a second hand copy?)


Story Path by Kate Baker

Anyone else remember those brilliant books in the 80s? To continue into the dark castle, turn to page 18. To cross over the graveyard, turn to page 22. This is the picture book equivalent! You choose the characters, the settings and the plot as you turn through the book. It’s totally interactive and never ever boring. Buy it here.


Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

Odd Dog Out is a beautiful story about a dog seeking her home, a place where she fits in. The message, of course, is that it’s better to be yourself than to fit in, something it seems worth drilling into children young, before they get sucked in to Instagram and Snapchat. But the worthy message doesn’t make it boring and the bouncy rhythm and bright pictures keep me skipping through the book. Buy it here.


Oi Dog by Kes and Claire Grey and Jim Field

One of a series of three (four if you count this year’s World Book Day Book, Oi Goat) but I chose this one as my absolute favourite. There’s no meaningful plot. It’s just a load of silly rhyming words and illustrations. But there are just three characters which means it’s one of the few books I’m happy to read out loud in funny voices without getting totally confused by page 5. And the ending of this one makes me laugh every time. Buy it here.


Who Is Happy? By Jarvis

This lovely (if a little long) is my 3 year old’s favourite. As you follow the children and animals through their day and learn about their emotions, I find it a great way to get my son to talk about his day and feelings too. Buy it here.


The Book With No Pictures by B J Novac

Not a book to read at the end of the week as it demands a little energy, but a brilliant one nonetheless. No pictures, no story, just a silly tangle of words about reading a book and making funny sounds whilst doing it. Cracks my 3 year old up every single time. Buy it here.


Our ‘5 Books’ Series:
Reading. We all know how important it is to do with our kids, but knowing where to start can be near impossible. Trying to make sense of all of the series and graphic novels and young readers and confident readers and picture books and board books and bath book and flap books… It can be enough to get you reaching for the TV remote instead. Luckily, some MGF mums (and even an honorary MGF son!) have been hard at work compiling lists of recommendations to take you through from the very early days, when books are glorified teethers, right up to when your kids are old enough to walk into a shop and choose for themselves.
Oh – and – whisper it – we’ve even snuck in some adult lists too. For those many hours you have to enjoy reading. Right? Well. Next time you have 10 minutes, at least you won’t have to spend it deciding what to read.
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Sharon is a 36-year-old new mum living in Herne Hill with her profoundly deaf husband Justin, disabled cat, Boo, rescue kitten, Ish and 10-week-old Elliott. She likes sleeping, caffeine, wine and chocolate. Before having a baby, Sharon worked in theatre as a stage manager and lecturer.