Nurturing Young Minds: 100 Picture Books For Early Years

Early childhood is a magical phase where curiosity knows no bounds and imagination reigns supreme. Picture books are stepping stones to a lifelong love of reading; invaluable tools for children aged 3-5 years whether they are exploring the wonders of reading at home, in nursery or at school.

Below we outline the benefits of cultivating a love of reading during early childhood.

Here you can browse our carefully curated selection of 100 Brilliant Picture Books or contact us for recommendations!

Building Blocks of Literacy

Before children start deciphering words, they learn to read pictures. It’s a fundamental step in their literacy development. Picture books bridge the tangible and the abstract, allowing children to make sense of stories through illustrations. In this age group, capabilities can vary widely, which is perfectly normal. Picture books offer a welcoming space for every child, accommodating their unique pace and preferences.

Unleashing Imagination

Children in the early years are captivated by the world of stories, and picture books offer them a front-row seat to enchanting adventures. These books are not just about words; they invite young readers to explore, question, and imagine. Through vivid illustrations, children can embark on adventures, meet intriguing characters, and dive into worlds limited only by their creativity.

The Power of Repetition and Rhyme

Our collection of 100 picture books is a treasure trove of diversity showcasing a mix of our favourite authors and illustrators. Stories include lyrical tales, fantastical counting stories and funny books, as well as traditional tales. Repetitive language is an engaging,  powerful learning tool helping children predict, mimic, and remember words; all essential skills on their reading journey. Rhythmic patterns invite young readers to participate actively, making reading a fun and interactive experience.

Fostering a Lifelong Love for Reading

The books in this collection aren’t just pages with pictures; they are building blocks to a lifetime of reading for pleasure. They encourage children to turn the pages, explore, and discuss the stories with eager curiosity. Whether it’s a wordless book sparking their creativity or a rhyming tale that tickles their imagination, our recommended picture books are designed to keep your child’s imagination burning brightly.

Have You Explored Them All?

As a parent, caregiver, or teacher you have the unique opportunity to engage your young reader on an exciting literary adventure. Encourage your child to ask questions, make predictions, and share their thoughts about the stories. These shared moments of reading will not only build their literacy skills but also create precious memories that will last a lifetime.

In the world of early years, picture books are more than just stories; they are the keys to unlocking a world of wonder, creativity, and learning. So, have you explored all 100 picture books in this collection with your young reader? It’s never too late to embark on a delightful journey of reading and discovery together!

Explore: 100 Brilliant Picture Books