Books At Bedtime

I am a huge book fan. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read, or be read to. Sam gets a bedtime story every night, and he seems to be developing a love for stories too.

Even though he isn’t talking yet, you can tell a mile away when he is enjoying a story, just by the smiley face watching you with excitement. Occasionally, a book won’t interest him much and he will get bored. I doubt very much at this age he understands the plots or story, but the sounds definitely seem to interest him more if the words rhyme.
Story Time
Some of our (his) favourite books are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Tabby McTat – all written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. We bought him a new one of theirs last week – Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book and I have to say, it was difficult to read and follow! Not one of our favourites to read, and Sam seemed a bit frustrated by the pauses as we tried to work out what was the next part to read (It is illustrated like a comic on one page, then a book, then a newspaper etc) so you have to look at the entire page to see where to start reading. I’ll definitely be reading them in store before purchasing in future.

I (I mean Sam) also likes the Hairy Maclary books, by Lynley Dodd. I remember reading the first book – Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy as a child, but now there’s a whole series of them! We have borrowed a few of these from the library in the past, and I’m definitely going to buy him the set in the coming months.

The other firm favourites are the new Raa Raa The Noisy Lion books – Raa Raa finds his roar , Raa Raa’s Quiet Time and the Raa Raa Little Library. Sam adores the TV show, so we bought him the books the week they came out, and they have been read to him several times since. They don’t rhyme, but he seems to recognise his favourite characters in the pictures, and tries his hardest to turn the pages.

Sam has loads of other books too, but these are just some of his favourites. I am always on the lookout to expand our (I mean Sam’s) reading library, so please let me know what your child’s favourite books are, and which you wouldn’t recommend.

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