Tuesday, 19 August 2014

What we've been reading this summer #Review

We have our staples- 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. 'The Gruffalo', 'Meg and Mog', 'The Gruffalo's Child', 'Room on a Broom' and the Ladybird Classics.

More than anything I love introducing the little ones to new books, to see how they absorb them, and respond. This summer, with time on our side, it's been fun to expand books throughout the day as well as at bedtime.

Introducing a new Oliver Jeffers book to the collection is a great idea at any time. Over the summer holidays when you want to show some commitment to learning, this is definitely the book.
Playing numbers is great for little children, and also means I get to enjoy the illustrations as much as them.
Showing a series of objects to help explain numbers, and bringing in subtraction too, I'm hoping Tom & Seb will have taken something away from this book, as well as the inevitable giggles.
'The Hueys & None the Number' is published by Harper Collins and is currently available at Waterstones for £9.79.
'Marshmallows for Martians' has fast became a competing favourite at bedtime. So much so, now Seren is confident reading books, it is one of those she enjoys reading to Tom & Seb.
With great illustrations, the theme of space, rockets, and aliens, and rhymes which keep the pages turning. The boys were immersed, and of course marshmallows and sweets ensured all three had an appetite for the book.
Published by Egmont, and now available at Amazon for £5.24, this is a must for anyone wanting to build a homemade rocket.

I would wish everyone's home be filled with Dr Seuss books. For us, 'Green Eggs and Ham' and 'The Lorax' are a staple, with 'The Cat in the Hat' being an intrinsic part of our family life- from Thing 1 and Thing 2, to letting imaginations loose as the rain pours.
'Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You?' is published by Harper Collins, and is a favourite for daytime reading. Because, like any Dr Seuss book it creates far too much merriment for getting little ones off to bed.
With lots of participation, and cause for conversation, this book is such an enjoyable read with little people.
As always wonderfully illustrated, and completed memorable, this book is a firm favourite in our book basket.
Available at £4.79 from Amazon, this would make a great first introduction for a toddler to Dr Seuss.
Now, if there's one book I would think every baby and toddler should have (plug for real life job) it's encouraging little ones that careers in construction can potentially be more long-term and better paid than most others in today's world. I half-thought Routes to Reading had researched my career when we received this book.
Causing much humour at home, it does fall under 0-3 years in recommended age, I think offering this to everyone working in construction who has a newborn should be a given!
Along with a thumbs up for Routes to Reading, I have been so impressed with the reading recommendations- this one obviously warranted a plug!
Now, admittedly this book comes in 'I Love My Mummy' as well as 'I Love My Daddy'.
But if you've met Seren.
And you know Mr J.
Well, there's nothing like motivating reading.
Seren loved this book, and reading it to her daddy. With added commentary.
Who's teaching who is definitely a cause of contention.
Typically 'Hello Kitty' and perfect for a young reader, whilst princesses and kings and dads in suits were a little much for me, finding daddy everywhere in Kitty's life works.
Published by Harper Collins, retailing at The Book People for £5.59.

Introducing 'Elmer' to the little ones this summer is something I kick myself for not doing sooner.
It's absolutely no wonder 25 years on he has encaptured my children as ever.
Published by Andersen Press, we have been reading 'Elmer' and 'Elmer and the Monster'.
Whilst I know the children are in love with the Elmer, the jungle and monsters, there is nothing better for this mummy than discussing diversity with my little people.
It already concerns me so much how much Seren is absorbing around the roles of women and men, boys and girls, that the opportunity to say 'it doesn't make a difference' is becoming common place.
Using an animal to discuss these themes means it's not as challenging and the little ones seem more acceptable.
'Elmer' and 'Elmer and the Monster' are available from Waterstones along with other Elmer related products.

And so, that is our reading list: without doubt Oliver Jeffers and Dr Seuss should feature on every child's bookcase. Elmer should remain a forever loved child- and any book that allows a parent to discuss roles in our world should be promoted.

Disclosure: We have received books to review and these are a selection of our favourites. All views and opinions contained are our own.

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