Kids’ Book Club Takeover: Five-year-old Basma’s favourite reads

This month’s kids’ book club is brought to you by five-year-old Basma Sultan, who recommends her favourite reads from Dr Seuss, Cressida Cowell, Amy Shields and Julia Donaldson


At MCC, we’re passionate believers in the joy of reading and the power of books to help our little ones learn and develop.That’s why this month we decided to let five-year-old Basma Sultan tell us about her favourite titles in her own words. Basma, who’s the daughter of MCC co-founder Sarah, is in Year 1 (kindergarten) at a pre-prep school in London, where her favourite subjects include music, drama and PE. She loves to read and in the remainder of her spare time she enjoys ballet, horse riding and swimming.

Over to Basma…


What Pet Should I Get by Dr Seuss / Harper Collins

What Pet Should I Get, by Dr Seuss, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

“I like this book because of all the pets and that if you have to choose one it is so tricky, but it helps you learn all about different animals.”

MCC says: Published after Dr Seuss’s death from material he had left behind, this charming book tells the story of a brother and sister, Jay and Kay, who are trying to choose a pet before a deadline of noon. They look at a wide range of array of  animals and finally settle on their chosen pet – which is not revealed to readers! Some may consider Dr Seuss old fashioned, but we know many an adult who can still happily chant the simple rhymes. Children know best…


That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton / Hachette Children's Books

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown by ​​Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton, Hachette Children’s Books

“I like this because the the story helps you learn about not taking things that aren’t for sale. And if you have a toy, then you play with it. If you don’t play with it, then it’s not a real toy.”

MCC says: Who wouldn’t be fond of a story involving a special toy and the Queen? Emily Brown has a much-loved toy rabbit called Stanley, who is stolen by the naughty Queen. Emily sets out on a quest to get him back, and as Bessma says above, there are lessons to be learned about taking things that are not your own, and about the very nature of a toy!


Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields / National Geographic Kids

Little Kids First Big Book of Why, by Amy Shields, National Geographic Kids

“This book tells you facts about the world and it’s really, really nice. It will help you learn interesting things, like why twins look the same. And it describes what’s right and what’s wrong – and also why a doughnut has a hole inside!”

MCC says: It’s so good to see a non-fiction book capturing a child’s imagination. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is a good place to start, but everyone should know why a doughnut has a hole in it! The idea comes from the National Geographic Little Kids magazine and encourages children to ask questions, and receive carefully thought-out answers appropriate to their age. With games, recipes, crafts and questions, this interactive volume is great for pre-schoolers.


Charlie Cook's Favourite Book by Julia Donaldon and Axel Scheffler / Pan Macmillan

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s Books

“I like this book because it has a lot of stories in one book and they’re all really good.

“What’s my favourite part? All of it. I couldn’t even choose just one story to be my favourite because all of it is.”

MCC says: This one from the ever-popular Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, will appeal to even the smallest fans of her characters and Axel Sceffler’s busy, quirky illustrations. In this tale, Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate, who in turn is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog and so on and so forth in a joyful cauldron of different stories.


Does your little one have a book they’d like to recommend?

We want to hear from them! Email us at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch to arrange the details.



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