Dymocks booksellers recently released their favourite 51 kids’ books of all time, with nine out of the top 10 being picture books!
The list was compiled by over 28,000 votes from their Booklovers members.
At the top of the list was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, which is definitely one of our favourites, too, and will be available as an animated book on Birde.
Just behind that was Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (Lynley Dodd), and Aussie classic Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas.
Fox is one of Australia’s favourite picture book authors, with three other titles in the top 51, including Where is the Green Sheep (5), Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes (34) and Koala Lou (38).
There were 18 Australian titles in the list, with favourites from Aaron Blabey (Pig & Pug was 28 and Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas came in at 47) and Alison Lester (Magic Beach, 37 and Imagine 39).
The full list
Do you think they left any kids books out? For me, I adore Cuddlepot & Snugglepie which isn’t included in this list.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
Possum Magic by Mem Fox
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Green Eggs & Ham by Dr Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney
Animalia by Graeme Base
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen
Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss
Paddington by Michael Bond
Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
Are you my Mother? by PD Eastman
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Magic Beach by Alison Lester
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Imagine by Alison Lester
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Alice-Miranda series by Jacqueline Harvey
Some of these amazing books will be audiobooks on Birde. Check out what we have at the Birde store.