I have read to Albie every night since he was about 12 months, after bath time we have our chill out time, this involves watching ten minutes (I can’t handle any more than that) of In the Night Garden, his bed time bottle and a book of his choice. He has his favourite and I have mine, unfortunately he has very little interest in the book I enjoy the most. I absolutely love buying Albie new books, I really want to instal a love of reading in him, disgracefully Mr. C has never read a book, I wish this was something we could enjoy together, he just doesn’t understand how attached I get to characters (No, I don’t mean Christian Grey,
Ok a little but just how heart melting is little Rudy in the Book Thief) I love that Albie enjoys me reading to him, he may have emptied the entire contents of his toy box but still find his favourite book and bring it over to me with his little puppy dog read to me eyes.
I did a little Amazon shop a few weeks ago and bought a bunch of new books, kids books quickly become very tiresome if you aren’t introducing new reads.
I have totally fallen in love with the author Oliver Jeffers, his books are so heart warming, they have the cutest illustrations and they really do take pride of place at the front of the book shelf.
The Incredible Book Eating boy explains just why I love to read, it’s quite wordy for Albie so I find his attention wanders a little towards the end of the book but I love reading it to him and I know it will become one of his favourites as he gets older.
Lost and Found is one of Albies favourite stories at the moment, it’s a tale of friendship between a boy and a penguin, it’s a very simple story and not too wordy, we even get to read this twice before bed sometimes (*oh the joys*)
Stuck, I love this, it’s very funny, this book will appeal to parents and babies alike, its quite elaborate but the illustrations really keep Albie amused, as does my story telling voice.
My Absolute favourite book by Oliver Jeffers is ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ I just wish Albie loved it as much as me, I have tried everything, even different voices for each of the crayons, he just doesn’t seem that interested at the moment. The story is, as the title suggests a book about crayons quitting, it features a series of letters to a boy named Duncan from each crayon letting him know why they are unhappy. I think all parents will love this book, it will be great when Albie starts learning his colours but for now it’s a mummies choice rather than babies. This is a book that will hopefully grow on his as he gets older.
We also love Stick Man in the Clarke house. It rhymes throughout so it really rolls of the tongue easily and keeps Albies entire attention. It also features an appearance from Santa at the end but its definitely suitable for reading anytime.
I bought Paddington and Elmer on recommendation from Hannah at makedoandpush.co.uk. I really thought that Paddington wouldn’t be Albies cup of tea or bottle of milk shall we say, however he really likes it, its very very wordy, but we get to the end of the book without him getting bored and fidgety. Who doesn’t love that little marmalade eating bear from Peru?
Elmer has to be his all time favourite book, I am so fed up of reading it, I may have accidentally on purpose left it at my sisters house when Albie stayed over. I was fed up of only ever hearing “Elmer, Elmer” at book time, I couldn’t take the patchwork elephant any longer. He seemed to understand the book quite well and chipped in with a little “Ohhh no” at the right time. I think to save my sanity I’ll be buying a new Elmer book with a different story line. If you are looking for a new story, give this a go, I’m just sorry if you know it word for word on the second day.
I would love to hear your recommendations for your little ones, I know I’ll soon get tired of reading the same ones again and again, plus it means I get to go book shopping!