Depending on the age group being targeted by a specific title, a children’s book can provide much more than entertainment. They are also a valuable educational tool.

The best childrens books for book week are a whole different world of their own in literary circles. Teaching everything from colours and shapes to behaviour and beyond, children’s books in your library at home can be an excellent substitute for when your child is not at school. Here is a list of our favourite ten titles that are perfect for book week.

1. I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb

First published in March 2018, the Today Show’s Hoda Kotb wrote this volume originally as a love letter from parents to their children.

The real-life adoption of a baby girl by the author served as the inspiration of this book which explores the deep love and bond shared between parents and their children.

It contains a great selection of photos and is written in a fun, lyrical style which makes it a joy to read and come back to often.

2. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

If you have a child who needs a boost of confidence, this book is going to do that for you.

It is the story of a giraffe named Gerald as he tries to learn how to dance.

The message buried within the content revolves around perseverance and the importance of following your own individual path. Gerald does eventually master the moves but needed moral support to get to that place.

3. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

This book is a hoot! Not only does it features a fun and funny rhyming pattern to the written word, but splashy, bright illustrations accompany each passage to help solidify the message.

The theme of the book is self-esteem with a focus on pointing out that your child is perfect as he or she happens to be today and that includes skills, looks, and feelings. A fun book for all.

4. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Sometimes it is a good idea to have a children’s book that is just a book for laughs. No message, no lesson, no theme.

This is just that book as it is a fun read for both parents and children about dragons, their love of tacos and what happens when they eat spicy food.

If you need a book that will make your child laugh out loud for no apparent reason, this is that book.

5. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Parents see their children in a very different light than anyone else. They see potential that not only others can’t see but their child won’t recognize it either.

This book, written in a clever rhythmic rhyme, tells the story of all the things a parent sees when looking at their child. It also features the underlying message of being kind, caring and helping others when they need it. It has been described as being sweet and simple with stunning illustrations throughout.

6. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This is far from a new title so we’ll just go ahead and refer to it as being a classic children’s book that should have a place somewhere in your collection.

Written in rhyme, the book follows a story of a bunny who lives in a green room. This is not your ordinary green room, either. It is filled with an unusual collection of items that the bunny says goodnight to individually each night before going to bed. It will lead your child to do the same and appreciate all they have.

7. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

This board book is aimed at the youngest members of your family, the babies. They appreciate the sound of the rhythmic, rhyming text and parents appreciate the message that comes through in the text.

It simply describes that every one of us is different but we are also beautiful as a result of the uniqueness.

It also contains many photos of other babies that help to gently hammer home the message and adds a nice friendly feel to the book filled with baby photos.

8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Essentially, this book teaches your child the ABC’s but it does it in a fun and amusing way.

The story follows the letters as they attempt to climb up a coconut tree and start to fall. The content is written in a fun and pleasant rhythmic repetitive style that is a joy to read and helps to make it easier to remember the points being made.

It is a rather silly concept but it works and your child will get a charge out of how much they can learn from a book on this topic.

9. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff

There is an interesting concept within the way this book is written and the story it tells.

It begins by explaining that if you give a mouse a cookie, it will later ask for milk. Then it will ask for a straw and the list goes on and on until the mouse is back asking for a cookie again.

The circular story here teaches children the mechanics behind sequencing including cause and effect. Will they understand that right away? Probably not but this book is a fun way to teach that to them.

10. Little Blue Truck Leads The Way by Alice Schertle

This happens to be a sequel if you can believe it. The story follows the adventures of Little Blue as he travels through the city.

The encounters along the way with other vehicles such as limousines, vans, taxi cabs, and police cars make up the bulk of the story. Each new vehicle teaches a lesson.

As this is part of a series of books, expect to be adding more from this author about Little Blue to your child’s reading library. They are great to read and learn from.

Best Childrens Books For Book Week Final Word

Children’s books are not just about bears named Pooh or green eggs or ham. But they all have one thing in common, the best childrens books for book week are meant to be a teaching tool. Skills, understanding and even the alphabet can be taught through the pages of a well-written and illustrated children’s book. Above are ten titles we think you should have in your home library if you don’t already.