Regular readers will know I have tried to get the little ones interested in books from a very early age. Yes, we do all the usual things such as reading at bedtime and throughout the day as and when opportunities arise. One of the things that I have done, is to put some books in the toy box for them to play with. This seems to have worked, as Toddler boy happily sits and looks at books turning the pages carefully, which always surprises me as he does his best to destroy everything else which comes into his path.
Now Toddler Boy has a baby sister, he is doing his best to encourage her to look at books. First he places them just within reach, this encourages a bit of crawling. Then he lets her get to them, have a few nano-seconds of playing and then he takes them away with his battle cry ” MINE, SHARE!” I have done my best to explain the concept of sharing but it hasn’t sunk in yet.
The other day he went out and left her (us) in peace, hence she actually got to have a good look at some books. This got me thinking about the best books I have found for her age group. Here are the ones that seem to go down especially well in our house:
- That’s not my……. (Teddy, Penguin, Bunny) by Rachel Wells and Fiona Watt
- Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury
- The Busy Little Train by Anna Claybourne, Jo Moon
- Where are you Little Penguin? by Nicola Baxter
- Maisy’s Big Flap Book by Lucy Cousins (any Maisy book goes down well though)
- Yellow Digger by Benedict Blathwayt
- Pip The Puppy illustrated by Axel Schaffer
- Dinosaur by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
- Elephant Wellyphant by Nick Sharratt
- Chimp and Zee’s Animals By Catherine and Lawrence Anholt