This is the second instalment in my new book series. I was intending to do this weekly but last week it didn’t quite happen after a boozy weekend away with my uni pals – I’ll see how I get on next week but perhaps I should aim for fortnightly?! Anyway. I had a lovely response to my last book post and got some great recommendations, too. We’ve been to the library again and I’ve also bought us some new books, I just couldn’t resist.
This is one of our library books. It is in the Ladybird Baby Touch series and is called Hello Baby! (published by Penguin Books Ltd). It’s aimed at young babies and on each page shows an animal and their baby (with the correct term describing each animal’s offspring e.g. calf). It has a little bit of texture within the pictures – so the calf has a furry stomach. The last page has a pram and a mirror at the end so they can look at themselves – TM loved that! It’s a great sensory book for babies and I like that there is the educational aspect of learning the names for baby animals, too.
Biscuits consumed while reading the Hello, Baby book: A shortbread. I even let the baby have a lick.
This book is aimed at children a bit older than TM as there are various things you can push, pull and play with in the book, making it more of an interactive read. I chose it anyway though as who doesn’t love a pirate book?! I Wish I Were A Pirate (by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Sarah Ward, published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC) is a really fun read about how jolly it would be to be a pirate! Obviously TM wasn’t able to do the actions himself but he seemed to like it when I pushed the pirate up or moved sliders to reveal the treasure; he was quite fascinated. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and I am sure older children would enjoy the play aspect.
This board book is probably aimed at slightly older children but as it’s nice and robust with bright, colourful pictures it can definitely be enjoyed by babies. I really should have got this one before Father’s Day! I Love My Daddy (written by Fhiona Galloway & Jonathan Litton and published by Little Tiger Press Group) is a colourful book with a star theme. Each page has a star shaped cut out which TM loved poking his fingers through! They have father-child relationships represented by different animals. The children present their fathers with various gifts to thank them or congratulate them and that’s where the stars come in – the gifts are a jumper with a star on it, a star shaped shell etc. The story rhymes which makes it even more fun to read – I think babies and young children respond really well to rhyme. It’s a very sweet story showing lots of kindness and appreciation, and the simple, bold illustrations are perfect for little ones.
Biscuits consumed while reading the pirate & Daddy books: 2 Oreos and 1 malted milk. The Oreos went particularly well with trying to prevent my son from pulling apart the pirate book, I can highly recommend them.
Ah, well, this needs no introduction does it? Dogger (written by Shirley Hughes and published by Random House) is an absolute classic! I remember reading this story as a child and my sister gave it to us at my baby shower as it was my nephew’s favourite book when he was little. It’s such a touching and sweet story that most children can relate to – losing a favourite toy can be very emotional for kids. I think most people truly adore Dave and Dogger by the end of the story. The illustrations are amazing; two of the pictures I have included show some of my favourite pages (although the photos are pretty crap, sorry!). The detail is incredible and you just feel the scenes come alive and jump out at you. I love that the happy ending is all thanks to his sister’s kindness, I think that’s a lovely message to send to children. Although it’s now a pretty old book (it was first published in 1977) it’s still entirely relevant and just as wonderful. I did have to try and prevent TM eating it, though. We usually read this as one of our bedtime stories, it goes well with a cuddle!
Biscuits consumed while reading Dogger: 2 chocolate viennese whirls. I did not share these but I felt I deserved them for my valiant attempts to stop TM chewing the book and destroying it entirely.
We’ll be back soon with more of our favourite books – let us know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought!