As this week is National Storytelling Week, we're taking a look at our favourite storybooks for children Reading and books are such a fundamental part of parenting, from the black and while pattern books you wave in front of your tiny baby, to the cloth books they love to clutch, bedtime stories you snuggle up and read together, to the joys of watching them start to read themselves. Even from the earliest age, reading with your children can encourage language development, imagination, literary skills and spark a love of books that will hopefully never leave them. So in honour of National Storytelling Week and list month, here's five of our favourite story books for children, from the classic to the just-published. The Baby's Catalogue, Janet and Allan Ahlberg - The Baby's Catalogue is a classic book filled with lists and pictures of everyday objects - and people - from around the house. With no set text, it's a prompt for you to make up your only story with familiar things your children will recognise (and the baby with the bucket hat can't fail to raise a smile). Anything written by Julia Donaldson - The Gruffalo, The Gruafflo's Child, Stickman, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale...we could go on for hours. You can't really go wrong with any of these books. The rhyme and rhythm make them fun to read out loud, too. Dogger, Shirley Hughes - The bittersweet-but-ultimately-uplifting story of Dave, the boy who loves his toy dog and them loses him is likely to be a familiar one (and has the potential to strike fear into the hearts of parents whose children have a favourite toy). Warning: if this was a childhood favourite, it's likely to make you very emotional reading it to your children, as I found out when I was pregnant! The Tiger who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr - Who's at the door? You'll never guess...This classic book tells the tale of a tiger who invites himself in and helps himself to all the food in the house, and even all the water in the tap. Pass It On, Sophy Hen - The newest book from children's writer and author Sophy Henn, Pass it On is a sweet story about the joyful benefits of finding happiness in the smallest things, and the importance of passing this on to other people. Which are your favourite books to read with your children? What must-reads have we missed off? Leave a comment and let us know. Make sure you also read our lists of mums and dads on YouTube, and ten tips for tired mums and dads. 
Alexandra Phillips

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