Under Fives

Things to do with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Good Books for Children Under Five

After years of research - here are our top ten books for the under-fives, from for the youngest to the oldest.


3. Peepo!
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Great one for the youngest children. Look through the holes to spot details from the wonderful illustrations.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Eric Carle and Bill Martin
Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours.

We're going on a bear hunt

1. We're Going on a Bear Hunt
by Michael Rosen
For more than twenty-five years children have been swishy-swashing and squelch-squerching through this award-winning favourite.

Slinki Malinki

2. Slinky Malinki
by Lynley Dodd
Slinky Malinki was blacker than black. A stalking and lurking adventurous cat. Children go back again and again to this book.

Where the Wild Things Are

4. Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Let the wild rumpus start - beautifully written prose-poem.

The Smartest Giant in Town

6. The Smartest Giant in Town
by Julia Donaldson
Funny, warm-hearted, who could fail to love George, the smartest giant in town?

Duck in the Truck

8. Duck in the Truck
by Jez Alborough
A duck in a truck - a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck. A sheep in a jeep and a frog in a bush saw the truck stuck and gave it a push. But the truck stayed stuck! Could a goat in a boat get them out of this mess?

Green Eggs and Ham

7. Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr Seuss
You never know if you will like something until you try it. Preferably in a different place with different friends.


10. Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon
A charming, uplifting story about a bat who struggles to fit in with a family of birds.

Three little wolves and the Big Bad Pig

5. Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
by Eugene Trivizas
One for the four-year-olds - children love the topsy-turvey version of the well known fairy-tale.