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Scissors and sellotape at the ready 1,2,3…go! Are you ready for World book day this week? It’s on March 7th. Usually schools ‘allow’ children to go in dressed as a character from their favourite book and it’s down to us parents to come up with some amazing home made costume from one of their favourite books.
Our school is in my good books (see what I did there) because this year they have said for all the children to come in wearing pajamas instead. They are doing a mock up bedtime story with the whole school in assembly. Hallelujah. So I won’t be convincing my 8 year old that yes, the highway rat is her favourite book because I have a cowgirl hat left over from my hen party days and dad’s cape from his best man speech and I’ll make a cardboard sword. Feel free to use that one by the way.
Instead I thought I would share with you my favourite ‘pre-schooler’ reads in honour of World Book Day. I love kids books and it’s a nice way to get the younger ones involved too.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
An easy to follow, song like book that features heavy repetition which will encourage early language skills. This is a charming little story with a fun ending that small children will love. You might find your little one repeating parts of this book the next time you go out on a walk together. I couldn’t believe this is currently only £2 for the paper back version, and on prime too!
The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
Another current bargain at £3.49 for the paperback and on Prime too (I paid much more than that for our copy). Another rhyming one, this story tells the tale of a brave mouse and a mighty (or maybe not so much) lion. This one has a moral narrative and the illustrations just really appeal to smaller kids. One double page spread being a close up of the lion’s nose and mane. This is my toddler’s absolute favourite book and I can literally recite it off by heart.
Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond
A recent library find I love the illustration in this book. Albert’s favourite tree is crying and he and his friends try to find out why. I loved this book because it experiments with emotions we don’t usually showcase a lot to little ones but that they can relate to. Upset, frustration, and apprehension all feature in this book and I genuinely think my toddler was surprised to see the main character feel some of these ‘negative’ emotions. My toddler laughed out loud at this book at the tree crying, and we had some fun with the story.
Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Anything by Julia Donaldson goes in our house. We have been watching the animated shorts on Amazon Prime TV and my son loves all of them. Room on the Broom is his current favourite but we have also watched Stick Man, The Highway Rat (as I mentioned earlier) Zog, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. I am ecstatic to have got a ticket on early bird to a session with Julia Donaldson at the Hay on Wye literary festival this year and I can’t wait.
Winnie The Witch and the Midnight Dragon by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
Continuing with the witch theme, Winnie the Witch has a whole series of books. The stories are always original and the illustration is just brilliant. There is so much going on in each picture you can talk about it for a while with your toddler. Maybe for slightly older kids than pre-school perhaps or only if your child has a real love of stories because these stories are a little longer than some others but not by much. My son loved this one about a dragon as he runs through Winnie’s castle causing chaos as he goes.
Zoo Poo by Richard Morgan
If you are gearing up for potty training I can’t recommend this book enough. I introduced it to both my children before even beginning to potty train and it helped break down any negative connotations about going to the toilet. How do you do-do at the zoo? A fun and funny book with great colourful illustrations of all your child’s favourite zoo animals.
Any You Like?
Six of my top recommendations for younger children who enjoy stories. I hope you have found one or two you didn’t know about. Enjoy reading with your little ones and may your school aged child’s favourite book not be something really hard to create for World Book Day! Don’t forget – 7th of March 2019.