Here they are in no particular order!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

by Bill Martin/Eric Carle

I love the simplicity of the language, the repetitiveness and the colours thrown in for good measure. But it's the rhyming I love rather than introducing colours at an early age.

Squash and A Squeeze

by Julia Donaldson

Obviously, all of Julia's books are in my top 100 favs, but interestingly, the books first came about (around 2003) when rhyming was out of fashion. I know because, I had some ideas for rhyming books myself back then (pre-children!) and the letters that came back from publishers were along the lines of "no one is interested in rhyming books as they don't translate well." So, thank you, Julia Donaldson, for bringing rhyming back in fashion. Must send my book idea off again!!

Squash and a Squeeze though is my favourite because the language and story line is a little more simple for younger children than Gruffalo or Room on a Broom (firm favourites too!) 

Each Peach Pear Plum

By Allan Ahlburg and Janet Ahlburg

Simple repetitive language for children to join in, rhyming to support predicability and lovely pictures for spotting the characters in the story.

Duck in a Truck

by Jez Alborough

He's just a cheeky wee duck with rhyming lyrics of course!!

Dear Zoo

By Rod Campbell

Again. lovely simple repetitive storyline with a great ending!

Hop on Pop

by Dr Zeus

Dr Zeus is one of my favourite authors, but I picked Hop on Pop because it uses very very early language.

Don't Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly

by Nick Sharrett

I love the way that Nick Sharrett uses made up words. Anything that gets children to play around with words gets my vote!

We're going on a Bear Hunt

by Micheal Rosen

Well, it had to be in the top ten didn't it? My local school have picked it for their topic and it uses great vocabulary for their Word Aware project.

Where's Spot

by Eric Hill

Only problem is that lift-the-flap books don't stand the test of time. Though, that's what cellotape is for, right?

Have I missed any out? I'd love you to join me on facebook to let me know what your favourite books are for early years!