I have made a point of reading to my children since they were very young babies in the hope of improving their language skills, imagination and, when they are older, the love for reading. It looks like it has paid of, in so far as, they LOVE books. They love people reading to them, they love playing with them and looking through the pictures.
If all of the sudden there is silence in the house, one of two things must be happening, they are busy doing something they shouldn’t or they are sitting by the bookshelf surrounded by books!
Of course the kids are really luck and they have lots of books in constant rotation. Here is the list of their favourite books at the moment.
- Oi Frog! by Kes Gray. Hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit!
- A bit lost by Chris Haughton. Little Owl must be more careful when he is sleeping… Uh-oh! He has fallen from his nest, and with a bump he lands on the ground. Where is his mummy? With the earnest assistance of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl sets off in search of her, and meets a sequence of other animals. Yet while one might have his mummy’s BIG EYES, and another her POINTY EARS, they are simply not her. Chris Haughton’s striking colour illustrations follow Little Owl on his quest. Which of his new friends will lead him back to his mummy?
- Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. There once was a boy… and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all…
- The Gruffalo’s child by Julia Donaldson. One dark night the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist . . . does he?
- Snow Bear by Tony Mitton. In the icy-cold heart of winter, a little snow bear wanders through the snow trying to find a cozy and warm home. But where could he go? Everywhere that seems like an option has been already claimed.
- Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee. Elmer and the other elephants are waiting for the storm to end so they can see the beautiful, colourful rainbow. But something awful has happened: the rainbow has lost its colours!
- The day the crayons quit by Drew Daywalt. Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
- Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss. When Sam-I-am persists in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!
- ABC by Quentin Blake. Really simple rhyming and very funny illustrations make this book a big hit with both my 3 and 1 year old.
- Slightly invisible by Lauren Child. Charlie and his friend Marv have invented an invisibility potion to help them find strange and tricky creatures, which they would prefer to do without Charlie’s little sister, Lola, bothering and interrupting. But when Lola enlists a bit of help from her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen – not to mention a tea set, a rabbit, a stroller, and of course one or three glasses of pink milk- it turns out that the strange and tricky creatures have met their match in one very resourceful, inventive little sister.
What are your children’s favourite books?