Here they are in no particular order!
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.
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!)
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.
by Jez Alborough
He's just a cheeky wee duck with rhyming lyrics of course!!
By Rod Campbell
Again. lovely simple repetitive storyline with a great ending!
by Dr Zeus
Dr Zeus is one of my favourite authors, but I picked Hop on Pop because it uses very very early language.
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!
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.
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!