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25 Before 5: two
If Shakespeare were alive today, what’s the bet he’d be reading Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! to little Hamnet? In celebration of all that’s divine about the art of storytelling, here are 25 great books we consider worthy of the under-5s canon.
photographed by ian macpherson
text by elizabeth bentley
Who’s in the Garden?
Pure peek-a-boo joy. Look through the holes and discover all the busy creatures at work helping the garden to grow.
Phillis Gershator, (Barefoot Books) US$14.99, Barefoot Books
Bright and bold cartoonlike pictures animate this cheeky tale about two monkeys, two words – but only one banana.
Ed Vere, (Puffin Books) A$12.95.
See the world through a baby’s eyes. Each page follows an ordinary day, with a series of peepholes hinting at what’s to come.
Janet & Allan Ahlberg, (Penguin Books) A$16.95.
When they’re ready to move past board books, this is a fun, wipe-clean step towards traditional picture books. It’s all about colour – which do you like best? And who likes Froggy Green?
Anna Walker, (Puffin Books) A$14.95.
Orange Pear Apple Bear
With just five words (four of which are in the title) and some charming, humorous illustrations, Kate Greenaway Medallist Emily Gravett offers us an original and artlessly appealing storybook.
Emily Gravett, (Macmillan) A$12.95.
All titles featured are available at kinokuniya.com unless otherwise noted.