I didn’t know how I’d be a Mum. I didn’t know how to change a nappy or how to prepare a bottle.
One thing I knew I wanted was that I wanted my kids to love books as much as I did.
I wanted them to get lost in novels like I did, and explore a new world.
I started buying Holly books at around four months old. Our local poundshop started selling pop-up books of classic stories such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’. They were always her favourite things to play with. She loved just turning the pages and looking at the pictures. Four years later, we still read everynight without fail. So I thought I’d share some of our favourite books with you.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
This one is my personal favourites to read. I remember being read it a handful of times, so I bought it because I thought she’d love it too, and I wasn’t wrong. It’s such an old fashioned feeling book witht he language used, so it feels like a super cute and cosy read.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Or if you’re Holly ‘The Hungry Very Caterpillar’. We know this book upside down and inside out. I don’t actually NEED the book to tell the story. But it’s always a fun read. Everyone knows this book! I think Holly just secretly loves the idea of eating all of the treats this catterpillar does!
The Mog Books by Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr does it again. The mog books are fantastic. My dad actually bought us our first mog book. It’s called Mog’s Christmas. From there, our love of the Mog Books snowballed. We’ve got Mog’s ABC’s where mog learns the alphabet, Mog and the V.E.T. and Goodbye Mog – which delicately teaches children about death. Yeah, I nearly fell off my chair when I first read it. But it’s quite a lovely story. All of the mog books are lovely with a subtle educational undertone.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Holly’s been reading The Gruffalo at school. So I bought a copy! The Gruffalo is essentially a forest-monster which is feared by many. Despite that, it isn’t actually scary at all. It’s a fun read.
I’m Not Cute by Jonothan Allen
About a little baby owl who is determined he isn’t cute. despite being really freaking cute! I love immersive stories with lots of dialogue where you can change up the characters voices. This story is perfect for that!
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
We got a copy of this book for free this week from Cross Country Trains! As we stepped off our train, a lovely lady approached us and gave us two copies (one for each child, she also gave us two novels too!) which Holly adored. She looked at it and screamed, “WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT”. She went on to tell me she’s read it at school. We love this because it’s full of onomatopoeia and all the family can join in!
…And sometimes we cheat a bit. It’s still a book! But many sucsessful TV show’s go on to have books too! So sometimes we read a Peppa Pig (or any other TV show book we can get our hands on!) because they’re an easy quick read, espeically if it’s been a long day and you just want to fit in a quick read!
Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
I picked this book up in a charity shop I think. It’s become Holly’s most highly requested book.
To be honest, ever since Holly could utter the words ‘Dog’ and ‘Cat’ she’s been obsessed. She is an animal lover. So a book about a cheeky cat that gets six dinners? Winner winner.
What are your favourite books to read to your children?
or What books were your favourites when you were younger?
I’m always looking for new, exciting reads!
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