I was such a bookworm as a child. Whilst most kids were being told off for watching cartoons before school I was being told off for still being in a towel from the shower when it was time to leave because I wanted to read one more chapter. My love for books is something I’ve always been excited to pass on to my children.
Reading with children from an early age is important for both their development in terms of language and reading skills and their imagination. We perhaps took it a bit too far and started reading to both our babies before they were even born! I’ve mentioned before that Haydn reading to my Aneurin bump is one of my most treasured memories and we made sure we carried that on with Lily. And from just days old her daddy has read her a story every night. At nearly five months old it’s a solid part of her bedtime routine and is becoming one of her favourite activities during the day too. Whereas the combination of the inflection in our voices and the bright pictures used to just catch her attention enough to listen and look intently, she’s recently started squealing and reaching out to touch the pages. It’s lovely to see and I can’t wait to see what sort of relationship she has with reading as she gets older.
Despite not being five months old yet, Lily already has quite the book collection. We tend to stick to the same ones at bed time, usually ones with repetition and rhyming because they seem to calm her. So much so in fact that Haydn has started to recite ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ word for word when she’s grumbling and it almost always makes her stop!
Here are our favourite baby (and children’s) books to read with Lily. A lot of them are ones we loved as children with a few new classics thrown in for good measure.
Spot’s First Walk
(This is a special one because it was given to me on my first Christmas in 1987!)
I’d love to hear what your favourite books are to read with your children and if there are any you think we need to add to our collection!
Mrs D x
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