Babies, biscuits and books: #4

Oooh I can’t believe I am onto the fourth instalment in our book series! How time flies. I have been pretty quiet on the blog in recent weeks just because real life has taken over a bit! It seems a crime to sit indoors blogging when it’s sunny so we’ve been out walking and seeing friends a lot. I think the older TM gets the less I’m going to be able to blog as he is seriously unimpressed if I go on the laptop while he’s awake! 

Again, I loved reading everybody’s thoughts and recommendations after our last post and there are so many books I can’t wait to try. The books today are all from our local library and it was very cute as I got TM out of the buggy and he pulled some books off the shelves; so that’s what we ended up with! Most of them are fairly age appropriate (for a change!).

Small talk: Bedtime (written by Nicola Lathey, Tracey Blake & Ailie Busby, published by Pan Macmillan) is a lovely board book designed to encourage babies to start talking. It’s colourful, engaging and really fun to read! TM laughed a lot as I read the pages and did some of the actions e.g: ‘Mummy says Up, Up, Up’ while lifting him up. The book follows a standard sequence of a bedtime routine and encourages you to repeat words and phrases to persuade your baby to say the words. We had a great time reading this one and it will be really helpful to babies who are starting to speak. It’s written by a speech and language therapist so you know the ideas are all useful ones that are proven to work.

This Tony Ross version of Goldilocks and the three bears (published by Andersen Press Ltd) is a brilliant introduction to the fairytale for young babies and toddlers. It’s a board book with bright illustrations; I love Tony Ross and I think his drawings are just fantastic. This was a fun one to read over-enthusiastically and (if I remember rightly) it was our first foray into the traditional fairytales.

Ladybird Happy Babies Teatime Baby (written by Alicia Padron, published by Penguin) book is a sweet board book showing the fun a little girl has eating her dinner. The illustrations are bold and simple and each page has holes in so you can peek through to see what happens next. TM loved pulling at the holes to see the next page. The text rhymes which makes it more interesting to read to little ones and the girl in the book is a cheeky one so that’s always entertaining! It particularly made me laugh when she put the bowl above her head at the end of the meal. There is a whole series of these books and I think we will check out the others.

This book was perfect for TM’s age. It’s an Amazing Machines book about Colours (written by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker and published by Pan Macmillan). It’s a great way to start teaching little ones about colours as well as identifying different vehicles. The illustrations are obviously colourful and cute and the little animals on each page make it more engaging for the babies. The last page opens out into an extra long page (as you can see in the picture) which TM had great fun pointing at. This was a lovely, educational board book.

Biscuits consumed while reading these books: One pitiful, but extra large white chocolate cookie. My biscuit consumption is confined to post-watershed these days as my little man will not entertain the idea of me eating anything in front of him unless I share it.

If you enjoyed this do check out our previous book posts:

Babies, biscuits and books: #1

Babies, biscuits and books: #2

Babies, biscuits and books: #3

Let me know if you’ve enjoyed any of these books with your little ones or if any take your fancy! We’ll be back in a few weeks with another instalment.

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25 thoughts on “Babies, biscuits and books: #4

  1. I haven’t read any of these books (well, to the children, you understand) but I wanted to commend you on using the library, we LIVED in ours during Mouse’s first winter and I think you can take 20 children’s books out at a time with no penalties for late returns or chewed corners. They seem to be closing at an alarming rate which is so sad. I’m sorry for your loss on the biscuit front, you deserved at least two. Xxx

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    1. Thanks for your condolences… I am stuffing my face with shortbread now he is in bed! Ah I love the library, I used it loads for myself when I was pregnant too. They have a few singing groups for kids which is lovely and they let us all hang about after while the kids play with the toys. Thanks for reading Moose, you’re my best fangirl ❤️ Ellen xx

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    1. Yes I’m sure she would love them! We enjoyed the colours one. Oh I know it’s so hard trying to prevent him chewing up all the books – although I did it when I was little, the books still have chunks out of them 😂 so I guess it’s karma. Thanks for reading lovely, Ellen xx

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  2. ooh these books look great. I love all the different pictures in that Colour book. It is brilliant for infants and toddlers. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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  3. These books look fab but to be honest I have never seen them or heard of them. It’s great you use your local library so much. I used to take nr 1 but once there were two to manage and try to keep quiet i kind of gave up. I really wish I hadn’t though as they both love reading and books in general so I think they would love spending time there. #stayclassymama

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    1. I didn’t include any classics in this post haha! I love going to the library, to be honest ours isn’t quiet at all so I don’t worry too much – they often have groups running and meetings and things so it’s never silent, they have a quiet study room but that’s upstairs so the rest is fair game 😂 Thanks for reading lovely! Ellen xx

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