Our Reading Roundup

Our Reading Roundup

The children have been reading some lovely books recently, and are taking great delight in reading to Mr H. I thought I would share some of our favourite books from the past two months.

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Dinosaurs Don’t Have Bedtimes! by Timothy Knapman (illustrated by Nikki Dyson) is a firm favourite here at the moment. The children are still endlessly fascinated by dinosaurs and this is a delightful story of Mo who doesn’t want to go to bed because dinosaur’s don’t have bedtimes. The children love reading this and love giggling along as Mo creates more and more reasons to not go to bed. Perfect bedtime reading, and one we have read time and time again the past couple of months.

dinosaurs don't have bedtimes

Another that has been very popular is Zeki Can Swim!. Mr D loves this book and after reading it he promptly looked at the back to see the other titles in the series and declared that we needed them all. I thought this might be too young for him, but he loved it. He took great joy in recognising himself in this story; he started swimming lessons last October as he turned three and he recognises himself in Zeki.

zeki allana books

Books that do this are so powerful for helping children learn and see their part in the world. We will read this more and more as Miss E approaches her turn to take up swimming lessons early next year. It is a lovely book that is simple but effective and with beautiful illustrations by Ruth Hearson.

You may have spotted the Animal Parade: Puzzle Book on my Instagram feed. Miss E loves this and it is a superb introduction to concepts such as bigger and smaller. The Learning Garden series of books under the Wide Eyed Editions imprint are fantastic.


The learning garden book have such super bright and bold illustrations and both the children have loved playing with this. It has been a good way to introduce the bigger/smaller concept to Miss E. We have has this in our ‘numbers’ box which is a box that I have with maths activities in for the children to dip in and out of and it’s one they have turned to a good number of times.

Also from Wide Eyed editions I’ve been looking at One Hundred Words. This is a lovely first handwriting book and is one that I am going to be using with Mr D as we look to work on writing skills. He is increasingly wanting to write and can already do some letters unprompted, but this book is a lovely gentle introduction to handwriting. It is full of great gentle exercises to help little ones develop and perfect their pen control. I’ll write more about this one as we use it, but I think it will be a big hit.

100 words

Mr D is still interested in Space following our space work last year. We were sent a copy of Professor Astro Cat’s Intergalactic Activity Book from Flying Eye Books and Mr D has been dipping in and out of this. It is packed full of activities to do with children to help them understand about life in space. We are going to revisit space in the winter so I will be sure to ask the children to pick a couple of the activities out for us to do. I love the astro cat character and I am going to check out the other two Astro Cat books Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space and Professor Astro Cats Atomic Adventure. They seem like a really clever and engaging way of introducing space (and ideas of physics) to children.

astro cat


My task now is to find some penguin based books as the children have asked to learn about penguins – if you have any recommendations please comment below!





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  1. 3rd October 2016 / 17:47

    We wrote a whole post for World Penguin Day and when I did a penguin search on Story Snug several came up! Favourites include Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, Penguin by Polly Dunbar and Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (all stories).


  2. 3rd October 2016 / 18:56

    What a lovely selection! I love the look of Zeki Can Swim and that gorgeous Animal Parade book.
    Penguin books I can think of – Blown Away by Rob Biddulph, Me by Emma Dodd. We reviewed I am a Penguin which is a great nonfiction book, lots of pictures, facts and craft activities too

  3. sarahmo3w
    4th October 2016 / 05:32

    What a lovely selection of books. I especially like the look of Zeki Can Swim and the Astro Cat books.

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