I thought I would share with you the books that we read as part of this. The children always choose their own books as well, but I made sure that the books included in this post were featured too. It has been a success I think as Mr D is very tuned in to the fact that it is autumn and all that that entails, and is keen to point out the weather to me!
I started off with the fabulous weather and seasons books from Child’s Play International. These books are board books and are really simple. Despite their simplicity they have, single handedly, brought to life the seasons for the children. As I wrote in my first blog post about the things we had been doing, the children love these books and identify with the characters and like to mime the actions the children in the books are doing. They are simple but beautifully effective.
We also read some story books including Stick Man and Hodge the Hedgehog (which itself inspired some lovely activities). We also read the Thomas and the Weather lift the flap book (which is one my parents found in a charity shop) as well as the lovely Little Raindrop book from Top That Publishing. This is a great book for teaching young children about the water cycle as they follow the Little Raindrop on its journey. It is lovely and Mr D and I chatted about the rain and where it ends up. He is a little young at the moment to fully appreciate the water cycle but this is a book we will use again in a few months time.
We revisited the fabulous Nature’s Day to look at the autumn sections as well as enjoying the Miffy books – we talked about what season it might be for each book as well as talking about the clothes we would wear. Pip and Posy and the Snowy Day is a favourite here but Mr D was able to tell me it was winter time in this book. And Go Home Little One was another one where we could talk about the change in seasons and all that that brings with it.
Elliot’s Arctic Surprise is another great book from Catherine Barr (and illustrated by Francesca Chessa). It has been developed with Greenpeace UK and has a clear environmental message to it. This books culminates with Father Christmas so it was a good one to talk to Mr D about months and seasons (as well as the weather given it’s setting!).