We seem, over the last couple of weeks, to have been reading much more in the day than we had been. It seems to have coincided with Emma’s own reading skills developing and I guess it’s probably something to do with her building her own reading skills through listening to me read aloud. I’m not complaining, I know those days of sharing a story snuggled up together are going to be gone all too soon so I embrace those mornings when I’m given a pile of books to read to the three children.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share five books we have been enjoying over the last couple of weeks.
This Love by Isabel Otter Illustrated by Harriet Lynas is a lovely vibrant book which celebrates love in various forms – the love of a treasured pet, the love of a parent sitting to read a story or the love of playing with friends in fountains. It’s a lovely read and the gentle rhyming text makes it a lovely book to read aloud. I love the diverse scenes depicted in the book and it prompted discussions of the things we loved. A lovely beautiful book to share.
For a lovely, fun interactive book then look no further than This is Owl by Libby Walden and illustrated by Jacqui Lee. This book is great fun, plenty of flaps for interactive reading and the reader is invited to interact with Owl as they go on an adventure with Owl. There is lots in this book to enjoy and Harry, in particular, really enjoyed this book. It’s got some nice little educational snippets in and lots to build on, and it is a book that has, in part, inspired a future project that we will be doing with friends.
When a Dragon Comes to Stay by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw is a fabulous read and one that will be making its way to Harry’s room for bedtime stories. It’s a lovely read and Harrys screeches with delight as he shouts No in reply to the questions about what dragon’s do. It’s a lovely gentle lesson in manners and all three children have enjoyed reading this, but H, in particular, likes it.
My favourite read in recent weeks is The One-Stop Story Shop by Tracey Corderoy illustrated by Tony Neal. This is a very clever book that starts with a knight who can’t challenge his dragon foe as he has taken a holiday! He pays a visit to The One-Stop Story Shop where all manner of foes are presented and the knight goes on lots of adventures. This book is such a great read and explores the power of imagination which Daniel and Emma really enjoyed. It’s funny and enjoyable and superb fun.
And our final read of recent times is Leap Frog by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup. Like This is Owl, Leap Frog is a very interactive book as you try to help Felix the frog find his way home and escape all manner of predators. Harry loves this book and I love the way it encourages children to get involved, counting and pointing and helping Felix in his quest to find safety. It’s such a great book that invites children to repeat sounds in the story (such as the tap tap of the woodpecker) and I love how animated Harry gets when reading this.