January has been an exciting month for us with reading, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Mr D seems to have hit that moment where reading had really clicked for him; he has been on the cusp for a while but we were a little away from that stage of enjoying reading and actually him having the confidence of being able to read.
We have started the month doing the 31 days read aloud revival which has been key to getting Mr D confident with his reading; those ten minutes of reading each day (or more or less each day) has really provided such a boost in confidence for him. A lot of our reading has therefore been with the easy reader style books. We have the Usborne set which is great as it builds up the letters and sounds gradually and we have taken a few early readers books out from the library too.
I have also been trying to read a bit more too and have finished two books so far this month; the first was a book I picked up in the Works, A Fairy Tale for Christmas, when I was waiting for my car to be sorted when the fan belt unexpectedly snapped a day or so before Christmas. It was a really fun and easy read and was just what I needed to pass those lazy post-Christmas and New Year evenings. I then very quickly read The Couple Next Door which was a birthday gift. This is a really readable book which is full of twists and turns and was quick to read too. I’ve now moved onto Gone Girl which I am about a third of the way through so far and enjoying it and look forward to seeing the twists and turns!
The children have been enjoying some of the fabulous January releases that we have been lucky enough to see drop through the postbox. Some favourites this month have been:
Neon Leon and Firefly Home are both written by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup and they are such good fun. They invite the reader to interact with the book ad Leon looks for his perfect match and firefly finds his way home. All three children have enjoyed these books and Neon Leon has, in particular, been a real hit with them.
E loves all things Lion so when we opened the envelope to find Lionel and The Lion’s Share she instantly wanted to take a look at it. This is a really nice story by Lou Peacock and illustrated by Lisa Sheehan and is all about friendship and sharing – a lesson that is important for many ages! The illustrations in this book are wonderful and Lionel is just beautiful and really captured E’s imagination.
Mr H is increasingly engaged with books and we have been enjoying two new additions to our bedtime books – Look, There’s a Helicopter! and Look, There’s a Tractor! These are chunky board books are bright and bold and H adores them as he searches for the Dog to woof at! They’re great for little hands and the cutout holes are great for encouraging him to engage with the book.
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No matter how challenging the day bedtime stories are always a treat to enjoy. Tuesday night is a fave noght here as E gets stories to herself after I've put H down. We enjoy this quiet time together whilst her older brother is out swimming tonight we read two new ones, Erik the Lone Wolf by @sarahfinanillustration which is just such a gorgeous book and perfect accompaniment to this year's Winter Games. then we read I Love You Bunny by @alinasurnaite which is all about overcoming those nighttime fears. Another beautiful bedtime book. do you have a favourite bedtime read?
Finally, we have been enjoying a classic tale too this month, Town Mouse and Country Mouse. This is one of Aesop’s Fables and is a story I recall reading as a child and this version by Libby Walden and illustrated by Richard Jones is a lovely retelling. It’s delicately illustrated and the rhyming text makes it an easy, enjoyable read.
I’m hoping next month Mr D will be even more confident with his reading and that I will have finished Gone Girl and be moving onto another of my ‘to read’ books – an ever-increasing pile! What books are you reading at the moment and do you spend time reading aloud as a family?