I think most parents will be aware of the importance of reading to young children, and I am sure that Daniel’s love of books is the key to his amazing speech. He has been speaking for so long and he continually amazes me at the sentences he constructs and phrases he comes up with.
He has always loved books, and we have had a good hour a day of storytime for as long as I can remember – a god send when I was in the final stages of pregnancy with Emma – it meant afternoons snuggled up with a pile of books!
I often share images on Instagram of the pile of books we have worked through in an afternoon and it can often number upwards of 10-15 books, dependent on how engaged Emma is. I was sent three books recently by QED Publishing from their StoryTime series. The Perfect Job for an Elephant, Fins, Fluff and Other Stuff and Space Walkies.
The first one we looked at was Fins, Fluff and Other Stuff (Bruno Merz & Dreda Blow). This is a lovely rhyming story that tries to imagine what it would be like to be made of different things. Its quite silly and Daniel and I enjoyed laughing and thinking about what it would be like to be made sweets or twigs or feathers. The illustrations are lovely and bright and Daniel (as ever) enjoys pointing out what he sees. There is a lot of colour which always helps to draw in little ones and there are plenty of things to chat about across the pages.
The second one we looked at was Space Walkies (Robert Dunn) and it was one that I thought Daniel just wouldn’t enjoy or understand. We haven’t really talked about the moon yet, so I wasn’t sure he would ‘get’ this story but he does. He has brought this book to me a few times over the past week or so to read and he likes telling me that the dog is going to the moon. It’s a lovely book to introduce ideas like this to young children as it has enabled us to have a conversation about the moon (and sun).
Finally, we took a look at The Perfect Job for an Elephant (Jodie Parachini and Caroline Pedler). This follows Elise the Elephant who is deciding what job she would like to do. After a few mishaps she discovers her perfect job. This is a lovely little story and Emma really enjoys this one (she is really interested in the pictures in this book).
All three books have a set of prompts at the end to give you ideas for further discussion and I know that they are something I will be making use of with Daniel and Emma when they are that little bit older.
The storytime series looks to be lovely and there are now over 40 titles in the series. I have also read that they have been featured on Cbeebies bedtime stories too, so you never know you might spot one of these three stories soon. They really are lovely and a great addition to our home library.
What books are in your storytime list?
I was sent a copy of the three books mentioned above in exchange for a fair and honest review.