I’ve started reading a story to the Little Moore as part of our bedtime routine now. I don’t think it’s ever too young to start reading to your children: even if he doesn’t understand much now, he can look at the pictures and be soothed by my voice right before bedtime.
I’ve decided to do a post every now and then about the books we’ve been reading together, with mini reviews. I’m not sure how often this will be: it’ll depend on how often we read new books and how many we repeat. As I’ve just got him his library card though, I anticipate lots of new books!
So here are this week’s reads:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
My very favourite book as a child and now the first bedtime story I read to my son. This has great colourful pictures and encourages learning numbers and counting.
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (Jill Tomlinson)
This is one I read as a child and have now read to my son. Really lovely story and great for any children who are afraid of the dark themselves. Ours also came with a plush Plop toy which is adorable.
What the Jackdaw Saw (Julia Donaldson)
This was a really lovely story, and I especially liked that it was written with deaf children and had sign language in it. This plays a big part in the story and there’s also a page teaching some sign language at the end.
The Gigantic Turnip (Aleksey Tolstoy)
A great telling of the classic tale, which beautiful illustrations to match. The story is told simply, with repetition and numbers. I remember there being more emphasis on how it’s the mouse that helps get it out in he end – team work and every little helps and all that – but it’s still pretty much the same story.