Guest post by Shannon of

As any parent of a toddler knows, finding short stories for children which they love and want to read again can be a slight (or sometimes large) headache.

There are just so many choices: do you try and be educational, do you go the interactive route or do you throw caution to the wind and select the ones you like? As a Mum to three and a half-year-old twins, if I let them chose they’d choose the Tallulah series every time! Thankfully I have found better options that we all enjoy. 

Here are my top five short stories for children this Autumn:

1. Oi Frog

From the first page everyone was captivated, including my husband. This witty book is by the award-winning Kes Gray and tells the tale of a frog rhyming his way through the list of what animals sit on. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gophers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Guaranteed to be a family favourite and encourage endless dinner conversations.

2. Oi Dog

Because we loved Oi Frog so much, when Oi Dog was released last month it was an automatic purchase. Following in the same vein, this sequel turns to Frog once again as he mixes things up. Just as funny as the original and a treat for all.

3. The Singing Mermaid

I first must interject that this book is very girly. Out of our five book choices, we did pretty well not to find one that had glitter, pretty colours and something feminine so if you have boys (or girls) that aren't into all of the above, this book isn't for them. The books follows the story of a beautiful mermaid being lured away to the circus because of her mesmerising singing. How it unfolds I won't ruin, but the rhyming nature of the book and the enticing glitter on all the pages is a big win in our house with my girliest of girls.

4. The Day the Crayons Quit

A New York Times best seller, this book is cleverly written with the accompanying imagery just as special. Who knew that crayons could have feelings and that children would chose their favourites from the moment they start colouring? This book will change the way you look at colour and may even inspire you and the kids to mix it up a little - why not use blue to colour in giraffes?!

5. The Day the Crayons Came Home

We couldn't not know what happens to the Crayons and the sequel doesn't disappoint.  The journey each crayon has been on is hilarious and the playful tone gives everyone a giggle.

A little tip - gift these as presents with a box of crayons - guaranteed to be played with all year long!