Thursday 16 October 2014

The Favourite Five

‘If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales’ - Albert Einstein

The boys love books, almost as much as kicking a football!

So I wanted to share the top five favourite books in our house (at the moment..), and the reasons why they love them.

Callum - Age 2

1. I’m starting with Callum’s favourites, because he’s the reason why I decided to post a list. He’s been intrigued with 'Maisy Goes to Playschool’ by Lucy Cousins for weeks, and I often spot him walking around with it tucked under his arm before he finds a good place to sit down and look through the pictures.

I asked him why he liked this book, but he didn’t give me a very definite answer! Whatever his reasons, he thinks 'Maisy Goes to Playschool’ is great. He started Montessori in September, so I always change the name 'playschool’ in the title to the name of the playschool he goes to, which could be the reason why he loves it so much!

2. Another favourite of Callum’s is 'My Dad’ by Anthony Browne.

There’s something about the Dad in the story that really engages him. Maybe he’s wondering why his Dad doesn’t look like the Dad in the pictures… or maybe he thinks he does!

Ross - Age 8

3. Ross had a hard time choosing his favourite book. He loves reading books written by Roald Dahl ('George’s Marvellous Medicine’ is a particular favourite), and books written by Francesca Simon (the Horrid Henry Author). His Dad is also working his way through reading the Harry Potter series to him at night-time before bed. But he decided that his favourite book collection to read himself is the Tom Gates series. He picked ’Tom Gates A Tiny Bit Lucky’ by L. Pichon as his absolute favourite because he told me - it’s the funniest. Tom Gates is a kid who gets up to a lot of mischief… He’s not as horrid as Horrid Henry but has a bit of a troublesome streak all the same. It’s written in the first person, and is illustrated with doodles throughout, so it’s a good book for youngsters who are getting into reading before they move on to chapter books with no pictures like Harry Potter.

Alex - Age 1

I asked Alex, armed with stack of books I know he loves, what his favourite was. I wasn’t expecting an answer to be honest (more a gesture in the right direction), but he said “More” - he must have been hungry at the time! So I picked out two I know he really loves.

4. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

This was also one of Ross’s favourite books as a baby. It’s a really adorable picture book with a different animal on every page, and 'lift the flaps’, which I know Alex’s age group love.


5. A squash and a squeeze by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This is a gorgeous rhyming book, again with animals throughout so it’s appealing to babies. In this book a little old lady thinks that her house is 'a squash and a squeeze’, I know how she feels! There’s a great moral at the end of the story too.

There are so many favourites narrowing it down to five was hard.

So, on that note…

'The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you will go.’ - Dr. Seuss

Keep reading boys!

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