I am sure you are not new to Julia Donaldson and if my guess is right you must have at least 2 of her books on your bookshelf already.
If you are hearing about JD for the first time, don’t sweat- you will find the details here.
The thing with JD books is that, you know they are most sought after and that it is easy to find (both new and preloved) but how do you know which one to pick?
To make it easy, we are going to classify her books based on the word count, illustrations and concept spoken in the book.
However, I will be using my short curated personal favorite here.
Board books/ Lift the flap books for toddlers. They do have fun rhyming sentences and are good to start with toddlers and preschoolers. My favts are covered under the series Acorn Wood lift-the-flap books
1. Rabbit’s Nap
2. Hide-and-Seek Pig
3. Fox’s Socks
4. Postman Bear
5. Also Animal Actions
One line per page. This one takes just a couple of minutes for a read aloud session. I would recommend these if you are just transitioning to paperbacks or if you are new to read alouds.
Hippo has a Hat
Chocolate Moose for Greedy Goose
Goat Goes to Playgroup
One Mole Digging a Hole
One Ted Falls Out of Bed
With slightly more word count but the stories are short reads . Children are introduced to repetitive text which gives them a chance to chime in when you read. Also makes for good re-reads.
The Smartest Giant in Town
A Squash and a Squeeze
Sharing a Shell
What the Ladybird Heard
Night Monkey Day Monkey
Repetition and rhyming words continue but now the books take more than a few minutes to complete. These books usually cover a solid 7-10 minutes for a read.
The Snail and the Whale
Room on the Broom
The Rhyming Rabbit
The Detective Dog
JD has also authored a collection of Phonics books. We will discuss them later if needed.
The list is based on levels instead of age recommendations. You can assess the current reading phase and add books from the next level- one book at a time.
You can buy her books from Amazon and from TinyTod.