Five kids books we like a lot!

We love reading at ours. This makes me very happy. We have loads of favorites, some are the boy’s faves and some are Mum and Dad’s faves. I’ve written about a couple of books before so they havent gotten a mention this time and this is by no means an exhaustive list of our favorites but rather, something I think I’m going to try to post every so often as we find more and more books to love. Hope you find something that you like too.

So in no particular order, other than the way that I wrote it, here they are.

1. Peepo

By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This one is a really great book for before bed, It tells the story of a day in the life of a little baby. There are lots of things to find on each page and it has a really sweet sense of reality to it. A great book for winding little ones down with.

2. Where is the Green Sheep

By Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Always a winner with the little ones, Mem Fox takes us on a hunt for the green sheep. Who, (spoiler alert) it turns out, is fast asleep. We get to meet loads of other sheep along the way. Personal Favourites from our lot are definitely Train Sheep as well as Near and Far Sheep. This one however has the opposite effect from Peepo and tends to wind the two-year old up, in the best possible way of course.

3. The Very Itchy Bear

Written and Illustrated by Nick Bland

It turns out there is some kind of distant relationship on my wife’s side to Mr. Bland. Her Grandparent’s ,bothers, son in law, or something like that. If your listening Nick, Great Book! This is a rad little story about Bear and Flea, beautifully illustrated and very humorously written, with a happy ending to boot. All wins on this front.

4. A giraffe in the bath

By Mem Fox and Olivia Rawson. Illustrated by Kerry Argent.

I nearly called it “Roo on the Loo”, which is one of our favourite spreads in this one. Especially now the two year old is toilet training and has recently decided he needs to take a magazine with him to the potty so he can be “Roo on the Loo!!!”. Lot’s of laughs and beautiful illustrations by Kerry Argent. This is always a crowd pleaser.

5. There’s Always Pooh and Me

A Collection of Poems by A.A. Milne. Illustrated by E.H.Shepard

I’ve never really been a fan of Pooh Bear, that was until I started reading these poems to the boys. It turns out I’m actually not a fan of Disney’s, Winnie the Pooh. The Pooh Bear in these poems is an altogether different kettle of fish.

This book contains some of the loveliest poems I think I’ve ever read. There is such a beautiful syncopation to the verse and the subject matter is at once, sweet, innocent and nonsensical. There have been a lot of favorites in this one. Then it became a case of them all ending up being favorites. There is definitely something for everyone in here.

That’s it for now, I’ll post another five when they come to mind.
Have fun.

Pete

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