Top ten books for 2 year olds

.......(as voted for by Lottie aged 2.5)

'In between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be'.

Our house is full of books. I am not an avid reader and tend to listen to audiobooks now but I love our times together when we sit and read. Lottie loves to read.

I think she prefers it more than playing with toys. She is so happy when she has a book in her hand to read. Even if she doesn't know the story, it doesn't stop her. She'll just make a story up based on the pictures.

As today is #worldbookday, we thought we would celebrate by complying our top ten books as voted for by Lottie. These are some of our favourites and I am sure some of these are on your top ten list too.

1. It has to be The Gruffalo. by Julia Donaldson. We love everything about The Gruffalo. We love the book, we love the animation, we love the soundtrack and we love the Gruffalo Trail at Delamere Forest.

2. The Tiger that Came for Tea by Judith Kerr. The story of a very hungry tiger that visited Sophie and her mummy and ate all the food and drunk all the drink. Lottie like the part where they all go to the cafe for sausage, chips and ice cream!

3. Little People Big Dreams: Coco Chanel. I adore this whole range of books, full of stories of inspirational people and we have quite a few of them but Lottie loves the Coco Chanel story, about the lady who lived in an orphanage who went on to make hats, clothes and perfume.

4. The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson is another favourite of our, Shen and her magic paintbrush manages to paint herself out of prison. A great introduction into chinese culture.

5. Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow is a poem about 10 little dinosaurs who decide to sneak away from their mummy to go on an adventure but it's a big scary world out there. Perfect for practicing counting.

6. The Star of the Zoo by Virginie Zurcher and Daniel Howarth. Such a heartwarming story about a little star that has fallen out of the sky and lands in a zoo. All the animals in the zoo try to help but it a tiny ant that manages to save the day.

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Okay so this book is a little big grown up for Lottie but she loves me reading it to her. She finds all the names in the book really funny and when Lottie asks to watch TV, we say that she will end up like Mike Teavee, in millions of tiny bits if she watches too much.

8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The beautiful story of how an egg popped on a sunny Sunday morning and out came a very hungry caterpillar. A great tale about how the caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. We love the illustration in this book, very bold and bright. A good book to learn the days of the week too.

9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. A classic children's book first published in 1947. The wonderful little tale / lullaby about a white rabbit saying goodnight to everything in his bedroom before going to sleep.

Last but by no means least, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. Lottie loves to make all the animal noises for each page, although we do struggle with the giraffe noise. I am not actually sure what a giraffe sounds like so we end up making a horse like noise. Lottie also has a Dear Zoo puzzle as well which accompanies the book which she loved to do.

It is well documented the benefits of reading to your children such as improving their vocabulary and language skills and helps develop their imagination. It is such a lovely way to spend time with our little ones and personally, it's one of my favourite parts of the day, when Lottie and I sit and read together.

What's your favourite book?