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Anything Dr Seuss could kick off this list. From Yertle the Turtle and Gerald McBoing Boing, to Green Eggs and Ham with a dash of everything in between. You can’t go wrong with Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Another author from the Dr Seuss family, this is probably his best known (although my personal favourite was The Best Nest).
One of the best bedtime books. Similar good feelings come from Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney.
A classic tale about how everyone is different – and that’s okay. It’s also a story of families as is the classic Make Way for Ducklings (Robert McCloskey).
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the tales of this cheeky rabbit and his friends. Other classic rabbits include The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams) and Brer Rabbit (Joel Chandler Harris).
The story of a magic pasta pot from Italian folklore. If you enjoyed this try Caps for sale (Esphyr Slobodkina).
A childhood heroine for so many children. Other books about being brave include Corduroy (Dan Freeman) and Curious George (Margaret & H.A. Rey).
The story of Max and his imagination is a classic in all senses of the word. Similarly, books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) are as fresh today as they were when first published.
And finally a Kiwi classic, again with imagination at its core. Other Kiwi classics include Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (Lynley Dodd).
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