Bus Stop : Mini Book Club : Pre-school (nursery) : Ages 2 – 4

We had a light-bulb moment when we were fixing the front suspension of the bus last weekend. Why not get all the kids in the class to share their favourite books with each other ? It was as simple as that.

We figured that as the kids are such good friends, and share so much or their day together, they might just find it exciting to know what their friends read at home. Also, as we are lucky to share a class with a range of international families, we have included some non-english language books too, which we are secretly quite excited about hunting down.

These are the first steps of us starting our ‘…ever so cute, cuddly, and delightful’ Early-readers : Bus Stop Book Club. Hopefully there might be some new books on the list that you haven’t heard of before, and please let us know your favourites on our comments page. Sharing makes our books live longer.  

(Ps. Apologies we haven’t had time to research all the authors, but we have found that if you put the book title in a search engine you will find all the details you need). xo

Book list  from our nursery class (ages 2-4) – 2013

The class books

Little Rabbit Foo Foo- Michael Rosen

All Afloat on Noahs Boat- Tony Mitton/Guy Parker- Rees

The Chimpanzees of Happytown- Giles Andreae/Guy Parker-Rees

Baby Brains- Simon James

The Shark in the Dark- Peter Bently/Ben Gort

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? – Bill Martin/Eric Carle

We’re going on a bear hunt- Michael Rosen/ Helen Oxenbury

Where the wild things are- Maurice Sendak

Lucrezia & Bianca

The Singing Mermaid
The Sandcastle by Mark Robertson
The cat in a hat : Dr. Seuss
Sleeping Beauty
The Gerolamo Stilton Series (This is an Italian collection, and is wonderful and the children can keep reading it until 10 or 1

Not The Same as Carmela, (all written by French author)

Little Red Riding hood
Sleeping Beauty
Appley Dappley’s Nursery Rhymes-Beatrix Potter
Willy And Hugh-Anthony Browne
AGAIN! – John Prater
Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep  : Joyce Dunbar and Debi Gliori
Chatterbox : Margaret Wild** (A Favourite)
The Snail & The Whale-Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Mr.Nonsense : Roger Hargreaves

Et pourquoi? Michel Van Zeveren
Sur l’ile des zertes – Claude Ponti
La fee coquillette aime les histoires d’amour – Didier Levy
Nuit noire – Dorothee de Montfreid
Benny a l’eau – Olof Landstrom
Les droles de petites betes – Antoon Krings (there’s a whole collection of books with one on each animal)
Petites histoires du pere Castor (collection of stories from different authors – we’ve got 4 books with about 20 stories each)
Contes de Grimm
T’choupi – Thierry Courtin (various books)
Perdu chez les sorciers – Agnes Bertron
C’est moi le plus beau / le plus fort – Mario Ramos
Calamity mamie – Arnaud Almeras
Alice in Wonderland
The Princess and the Wizard : Julia Donaldson
Jojo Lapin – which obviously is written originally in English (Enid Blyton) – not sure what it’s called in English, it’s about an ingenious rabbit.
Mr Men and Little Miss collections

The Paperbag Princess
Winne the Witch
The Frog and Toad series


Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

The Princess & the Wizard by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child
A Squash and a Squeeze
The Selfish crocodile
Peter Rabbit
Shark in the park
Princess Evies Ponies series
The Magic Teddy Bear
Eye Spy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Wizard of Oz (short Usborne version)
The Elves and the Shoemaker (various versions!)
Pippo the Fool by Tracey E. Fern about the story of building Brunelleschi’s cathedral dome in Florence.Eirann
The Lorax :  Dr Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham : Dr Seuss
The places you’ll Go : Dr Seuss


The Christmas bear by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler

A Goodnight kind of Feeling by Tony Bradman and Georgie Birkett

Shark in the Park
Where are you Blue Kangaroo
You Choose

“Dirty Bertie” by David Roberts
“Baby on Board” by Kes Grey & Sarah Nayler
“Ketchup on Your Cornflakes” by  Nick Sharratt

The little red train books
In the Night Kitchen
Make way for Ducklings

Sophia H
The Tiger who came to Tea
Peppa Pig books
Cloud Babies (Fly Away Home)
The Gingerbread Man
Little Red Riding Hood
King Donkey Ears

Tyrannosaurus Drip  Julia Donaldson, David Roberts
Funny bones  Janet and Allen Ahlberg
Burglar Bill  Janet and Allen Ahlberg
Dinasaurs love Underpants  Claire Freedman
The Giant Jam Sandwich John Vernon Lord
Night Monkey, Day Monkey Julia Donaldson and Lucy Richards

Giraffes Can’t Dance
Aliens Love Underpants
Jack and the Flum Flum Tree


On the Way Home : Jill Murphy

Grace & Family : Mary Hoffman  & Caroline Birch

Stick Man : Julia Donaldson  Axel Scheffler
Who’s In The Loo : Jeanne Willis & Adrian Reynolds

Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray William
Swan Lake by Lesley Sims and Anna Luraschi
Anglina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman and Fred Marcellino

Billywise by Judith Nicholls and Jason Cockcroft
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss


James & The Giant Peach : Roald Dhal

The Magic Finger : Roald Dhal
The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me : Roald Dhal
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
The Fairytale Hairdresser : Abie Longstaff
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt



Madiba Magic : Nelson Mandela’s favourite stories for children

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs : Giles Andrea & Russell Ayto

The Queens Knickers : Nicholas Allan

Look A Book : Bob Staakes

Annie Rose is my little Sister : Shirley Hughes