• Melissa Thom

Episode 2: Exploring Picture Books

Updated: Jun 4

Books for children aged around 3-5 years old.




Melissa welcomes University of the West of England (UWE) Senior Primary Lecturer (and all round kids' lit expert), Jane Carter into the Spellbound studio to talk about some of the best picture books for young children, aged around 3 to 5 years old. They talk about the impact of reading on health and wellbeing, as well as the types of books to read at this age and some of their favourites.


Melissa also heads off to London to chat to wonderful children's illustrator, Kaye Umansky - Kaye reads a few excerpts from some of her books for younger children.




Books for Topics


Jane Carter's UWE Reading Blog


Oxford Owl Book List: Picture Books

Oxford Owl Book List: Starting School

Gothenburg 'Open the Door for Reading' Project



BOOK LIST: Picture Books for 3-5 Year Olds (the following list contains affiliate links)


The Day The Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers


Stuck by Oliver Jeffers


How to Catch a Star


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson


Tiddler by Julia Donaldson


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson


The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson


Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery by Simon Bartram


Man On The Moon: A Day In the Life of Bob


Aliens Love Underpants by Chris Freedman and Ben Cort


Hairy McClary by Lynley Dodd


Mog The Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr


Five Minutes' Peace by Jill Murphy


The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon


Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins


Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke


Lullaby Hullabaloo by Mick Inkpen


Listen Listen by Phyllis Gershator


Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars, Here Come The Dinosaurs by Kaye Umansky


Owl Babies by Martin Waddell


A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek

There's A Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins


Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere


Spellbound Book List PDF: Picture Books for 3-5 Yrs











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