The best children's picture books

25 August 2017

By Macmillan Children's Books

Filled with witty, uplifting stories and brilliant illustrations, your child will want to read these picture books again and again. 


The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

Perfect for children aged 3 - 5 years

Everybody knows that crocodiles love water, but this little crocodile is different. He doesn’t like water at all. In fact, he prefers climbing trees! Could it be this little crocodile isn’t a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON!

The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water is a funny and uplifting story proving that being different can be fun!

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WOW! Said the Owl

WOW! Said the Owl

Perfect for children 3 -5 years

Tim Hopgood's bold, engaging, beautiful picture books will help children learn about colours.

When it's time for us to go to bed, owls are just waking up. But one curious little owl decides to stay awake all day and discovers a world bursting with colour! Yet when the night-time comes around again, the stars above her head are still the most beautiful of all.

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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Perfect for children aged 3 - 7 years

Have you met the Gruffalo? With his terrible tusks and terrible claws? Join the quick-witted mouse as he takes a stroll through the deep dark wood and avoids being a tasty meal for a fox, an owl, a snake and even the Gruffalo!

The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic with gentle rhyming words that will improve your child's phonetic skills.

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The Giant of Jum

The Giant of Jum

Perfect for children 3 -5 years

Fe fi fo fum, here comes the hungry Giant of Jum and he's off in search of the tastiest snack of all. But Jack and his friends don't see a scary giant, they see a wonderfully tall man who can rescue cats from trees and give them a lift home on his shoulders. Perhaps this giant isn't grumpy or grizzly after all...

Children will love this big-hearted twist on a classic fairytale.

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The Tickle Book

The Tickle Book

Perfect for children 3 -5 years

Look out - there's a Ticklemonster about! And he's off to tickle all his animal friends, from the pigs on the farm to penguins at the zoo.

Filled with witty rhymes and silly scenarios, children can join in on the fun with flaps to lift, wheels to turn, tabs to pull and pop-up surprises on every page!

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There Is a Tribe of Kids

There Is a Tribe of Kids

Perfect for children 3 -5 years

Legendary illustrator Lane Smith takes children on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky. Along the way he makes friends and causes mischief with a dazzling array of creatures, but can he find a tribe of his own?

A witty and playful exploration of curiosity, discovery and what it means to belong.

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Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole

Perfect for children aged 3 - 5 years

Follow Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland where she meets the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. 
 
Fresh, modern and gloriously colourful, Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole is a delightful introduction to Lewis Carroll's classic story.
 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Perfect for children aged 3 - 5 years
 
Follow the newly hatched caterpillar as he eats his way through all kinds of food. With colourful illustrations and finger-sized holes to explore, young children will have lots of fun with this much-loved classic picture book.
 

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Where The Wild Things Are

Perfect for children aged 2 - 3 years
 
When Max is sent to bed without any dinner, he dreams up the land where only wild things roam. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as king, but after Max sends the monsters to bed, he realises it is time to sail home.
 
Where the Wild Things Are will captivate children with its magic and mischief.
 

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Perfect for children aged 3 -5 years
 
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!
 
This modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. 
 

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