Great Books for EYFS!

The selected books are suitable in content for EYFS.  This engaging selection contains a mix of highly rated classic and modern books. Consider how you wish to use this book selection. Are you choosing books for shared, independent, whole class or small group reading? Dependent on how you wish to use the books and the abilities of individual readers, you may also wish to explore books featured in the year 1 collection.

A visually appealing story about a shopping trip. Great illustrations and features characters from different cultures.

This beautifully illustrated timeless classic about  a child experiencing the wonder of snow was first published in 1962. This gentle story is often described as ground breaking as it was one of the first American picture books to feature a non-white main character.

An exciting story told in rhyme about a quiet ladybird whose observant nature saves the day. Children will love the storyline, repetition,  rhythmic language and the animal sounds in this fun book.

Owl babies are worried when they are left alone while their mother goes out hunting. This story gives children an insight into the lives of owls and there is a happy ending when mum return at the end.

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A great book for encouraging discussion. The book poses questions and provides illustrations depicting a myriad of options to choose from.

This classic book  has lovely illustrations and the cut out details make it interactive. Through this enjoyable story, children will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, numbers and the days of the week.

A great story to help children explore animals and their characteristics. This is a lift the flap book and children will enjoy lifting each flap to discover which animal has been sent by the zoo.


The rhythm and repetition of this text make it a guaranteed children's favourite. The anticipation of wondering what the family will experience and when they will discover the bear make this an exciting read -  and the illustrations are lovely.

A fun classic story in which readers need to lift the flap to discover where Spot the puppy is hiding. Great repetitive text and some unexpected surprises behind the flaps!

In this quaint classic, a hungry tiger comes to tea. Despite the fact that the  illustrations reveal that the tiger is friendly,  there is an exciting edge to the story as the reader is left wondering what it will eat next...

An enjoyable, engaging story with vivid illustrations set in Kenya. This modern classic will  help children learn about counting, fruits,  animals and life in a culture which may be different from their own.


Exciting story about three pigs who capture a wolf and make him perform in their circus. With each page turn, children will anticipating whether this will be the moment when wolf might bite!