Looking for the best children’s books of all time? We’ve got them right here. And with World Book Day 2019 tomorrow, there’s no better time to stock up on some classics. So, whether you’re in need of some costume inspiration, want to inspire budding readers or you’re searching for some inspiration for your own children’s books projects, we’ve got you covered.

After all, there are few better displays of imagination, craft and creativity than a well-written and illustrated children’s book. And no one knows that better than the organisers of World Book Day, a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. This year marks the 22nd World Book Day, and tomorrow, kids from all ages with come together to appreciate reading – no doubt very loudly and happily. 

The best children’s books not only need to excite the mind of a child, they also need to engage the adult reading them to the point that they’re happy going through the same book over and over again. We’ve broken our list of children’s books down into age groups – with some extra recommendations in each section that anyone with a designer’s eye will get a kick out of as well. 

We think these newer books are modern classics, and hope that this selection, as a whole, will be useful for everyday reading, World Book Day inspiration, baby showers and keeping those who are kids at heart entertained as well. Read on for our pick of the best children’s books of all time.

Ages: 0-5

01. The Gruffalo

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books | Author: Julia Donaldson | Pages: 26 | ISBN-10: 9780230747937 | ISBN-13: 978-0230747937 | Best for: 3-7 | RRP: £6.99