Reading has always been one of my favourite things to do and it’s one of the biggest things I want to pass on to George. With this in mind, we make the time to read to him every single day and although he doesn’t understand what we’re saying yet, he definitely listens and takes in the pictures. As this is something we do daily I wanted to share my top 5 favourite books that we have for George at the moment.
“Oi …” Collection
Technically this is 4 books (Oi Frog, Oi Dog, Oi Cat & Oi Duckbilled Platypus) but I wanted to group them together as I love them all equally. The Oi books are a wonderful series of rhyming stories about animals and where they can sit. There are some really funny moments in the series and it’s great fun to read as well as listen to. Each of the animals has their own little personality which lends itself to the narrative and makes for a more comical read. There’s always a great pay off/punch line at the end of the story too which I appreciate.
“You’re Called What?”
This is from the same person that co-wrote the Oi series, Kes Gray, so you already know it’s good! It’s about animals with really silly names wanting to change them and be called something else. Again, like the Oi series, there’s some laughable moments and a brilliant ending to the story. The thing I like most about this is that they use real animal names and also have information about them in the back to make it a bit more educational. There’s lots of repetition too which I appreciate as it means George gets to hear sounds over and over again; this will help him learn to pronounce them in the future.
“1, 2, 3, Splosh!”
This was the first book that I ever read to George; we got it when we registered his birth as they give you a little library pack. It’s about a group of ducks making their way to the pool and will help children understand numbers as well as words and sounds. George adores this book and you can tell it’s written to make children smile – reading this is guaranteed to get a cheesy grin out of him. Plus I love the illustrations in this, the ducks are super cute!
“Don’t wake the bear, hare!”
This is a lovely rhyming story, one that teaches children about the whole ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ lesson. The woodland animals are trying to plan a party without waking the big scary bear. This was from The Works as part of their 10 books for £10 deal which makes this an absolute bargain. George really loves the pictures in this one and definitely enjoys listening to the lyrical flow of the words.
“Snuggle up tight”
This is a great one for bedtime snuggles! It talks about a little panda winding down for bed. This was also in the 10 for £10 deal at The Works so another fantastic story at a really cheap price. Having a set book or rotation of books to read at bed time is a great thing to add into the nightly routine and this should definitely be on your list.
We’ve got so many books for George but these are definitely our favourites so far. I really want to pick him up some of my childhood favourites too like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. What books do you and your children enjoy reading together? Have you got any favourites from your childhood you think I should get? Let me know!