Do you read to your children? You know that time of the evening when your whole system just wants to shut down? When all you want to do is tuck your kids in for the night, sit back and enjoy some well-earned ‘me time’?
I love reading to my kids, I love the way their eyes grow wide and questions start pouring out (we literally have to rezone in order to finish the book), but there are nights – and I will be honest about this – that I am just so exhausted, the last thing I feel like is reading a book. I can’t even remember the last time I read my OWN book.
However… Reading time is a beautiful time to connect, savour and enjoy our children. Not to mention all the academic positives. They grow up so quickly, so why lose out on this precious time.
I have put together a list of 5 books that my kids just adore, and I hope your kids will too…
1. Say Hello To The Animals
Ian Whybrow & Tim Warnes
This is just the sweetest book for little ones. You get to run around the farm with “Puppy” saying hello to all the animals and learning their sounds. I am a visual person by nature and I just adore these big colourful pictures. My eldest daughter and I, would cuddle on the rocking chair before bed, and read this over and over again!
2. A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Not only have I read this book to my own children, but I also used to read it in my classroom as well. A little old lady becomes unsatisfied with the size of her home, so she asks for advice on how to enlarge it… she is encouraged to bring all her farm animals into the house to live with her… without spoiling the end, suffice to say that she soon realizes her home is just perfect. Firstly, I LOVE the repetitive reading, the kids so enjoyed shouting out the words as I read them: Oh but my house is a “SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE”. Secondly, this book teaches us about gratitude – which is sadly lacking in today’s day and age.
3. Little Fish
My one-year-old adores this book! Little fish goes exploring, and meets up with some interesting sea life, each one with their very own “touchpad”. Allowing your toddler to experience and enjoy different textures. Great for introducing sensory awareness.
4. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
The Day the Crayons Came Home is the sequel to The day the Crayons Quit. A boy named Duncan is faced by a group of crayons in need of being rescued. Each crayon with its own dilemma. For example Yellow and Orange always argue about who is the colour of the sun… But not anymore because they were left outside and the sun melted them together. They are sorry for arguing and beg to be taken home. It is illustrated with little postcards from each crayon. A delightful and funny book. Great for getting the tummy muscles working.
5. The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Last but definitely not least; my all-time favourite… Is it OK to say “MY FAVORITE”? … I just love, love, love this book. My kids love it, my husband loves it, and it was first given to me by a special friend when she heard I had been searching for it, and they were all sold out. Wait for it. SHE loves it too…! This book (among other things) teaches rhyming in the sweetest way. A little mouse goes for a walk through the forest and creates this mysterious monster to scare off his enemies, but imagine his surprise when he meets none other than the GRUFFALO himself! We know this book so well that we can recite it by heart. There’s more – don’t forget The Gruffalo’s Child, a great read as well…
Well, that’s it. Our favourite bedtime books!
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Gruffalo rocks x
Doesn’t it just! x
Oh these all look like fab books! I already read to my 3 month old every night, I can’t wait until he starts to appreciate them properly!!
There is nothing better than a good book! x
He will just love these I am sure! Enjoy every moment of your special bonding time! x
These are great for bedtime reading. SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE sounds adorable!
I’m gonna look for the Gruffalo next time I go to the library!!
The Gruffalo and A Squash and a Squeeze are our all time favourites! We love reading her books and the words are ingrained in our memory! #GlobalBlogging x
Ooh, we only know the Gruffalo of those – will have to check out the others, thank you for sharing! #globalblogging
We love Julia Donaldson in this house too
These look great – I love Squash and a Squeeze and I didn’t realise the Crayons had a sequel! Will definitely check it out #globalblogging
These sounds like wonderful books!! Julia Donalson is a big hit in our house – we love the Stick Man! #Globalblogging
Love new books for my daughter- like the sound of the crayons one! One of our favourites is called ‘Clip Clop’, we’ve read it so many times that I can now recite it! #DreamTeam
Great selection! We love Julia Donaldson books! And of course, our book The Unicorn in a Tutu (haha! sorry had to mention it) :) #globalblogging
Reading is power – love children’s books that have great illustrations and a lovely story behind it #globalblogging
My nieces love the Gruffalo! #GlobalBlogging
I used to love reading to my boys at bedtime! Now they read without me being that they’re a tween and a teen but I have many wonderful memories that I will always cherish. And hopefully, someday when they become parents they will pass that on to their kids:) Thanks so much for hosting #GlobalBlogging
We love the Gruffalo, and I am quite intrigued and will definitely look out for the other books you have suggested. I bought a magazine once and it had What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson and it is just brilliant.
The Gruffalo came to the theatre on the square last year in Sandton and it was brilliant an hours performance with a South African flair that my girls loved and were slightly scared by the Gruffalo I so hope they run it again.
Oh how you are bringing me back. My little is now reading these books, and harder to me! Oy! #globalblogging xoxo
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