Books have always been hugely important to me. For as long as I can remember I have loved reading and it really is my favourite way to relax or take some time to myself. When given the chance I can spend hours reading and I can’t explain how wonderful the feeling is when a book is so gripping that you get entirely lost in it and don’t want to put it down. I really hope that TM grows to love books and we already spend quite a lot of time reading together and looking at books. I thought I’d start a little series about some of the books we enjoy together. Lots of parent bloggers have brilliant blogs and series in this vein but I particularly love Catie at Diary of an Imperfect Mum‘s Book Corner and Karen at Two Tiny Hands with the Robot’s Reading Round Up.
My wonderful friends and family bought us lots of children’s books as gifts for my baby shower. We have lots of the classics but there is still loads that I want to buy. We’ve recently started using our local library as it’s such a great resource and makes a lot more sense than buying books constantly (although I would love to do that!). Just to warn you now there is no sense of ‘age appropriate’ in this house! We read lots of stories to TM even though they are aimed at older children and he obviously doesn’t understand the stories yet; he still seems to enjoy them. But if you’re looking for recommendations based on age you may be disappointed…!
On to our most recent library haul! I picked out two of my favourites from when I was younger, and one which is actually aimed at TM’s age. We’re Going On a Bear Hunt (written by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury, published by Walker Books Ltd) is a real classic and is so much fun to read; I have a feeling it’s meant to be done in a sing-song way but I tend to just get very enthusiastic and obviously speed up as I read the last bit. TM seemed to really enjoy the rhythm of the story as well as my OTT actions. It’s funny, exciting and sparks a sense of adventure.
This is a book actually aimed at babies TM’s age. The Touch and Feel books are great for a sensory experience and they are robust enough to withstand babies biting, pulling and grabbing at them! We chose the Baby Touch and Feel – Farm book (DK Publishing). This being a library book and looking a little worse for wear I did actually engage in my usual battle to prevent TM from eating it. There are lots of books in this series and TM always seems interested in them. As you can see he loves looking at the pictures and touching all the different textures in the book.
This was one of my favourite books as a child and one I am actually going to buy so we have it in the house…Elmer (written by David McKee, published by Andersen Press Ltd). I just adore this story which focuses on being yourself, having fun and not being afraid to be different. The colours and illustrations are beautiful and I love the idea that Elmer is the joker of the elephant pack. I don’t think you can go wrong with a colourful, happy children’s story and this one is certainly a winner for me. I think I will be purchasing the board book version so it’s a little more durable for my menace.
In case anybody is interested I consumed three shortbread biscuits while we read these books.
We’ll leave it there for now but we’ll be back soon with some more of our favourite books! If anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear them.