I’m proud to admit that reading is a huge part of our lives in the Maynes household. Both me and my husband are avid readers, so when Finley came along we started reading to him from day one. It’s absolutely paid off. He adores books and at the age of 3 he can already read simple words and has a fantastic imagination for making up his own little stories. I was saddened this morning to read this report from The Guardian which found that only half of pre-school children are read to every day. For us the bedtime story has just become a natural part of our routine. It’s lovely to just have that time, even if it’s only 15 minutes, to re-connect and relax after a busy day.
I am quite excited about World Book Day this year as it’s the first one where Finley has been able to actively take part now he at nursery. They are all wearing their pyjamas and snuggling under duvets and pillows with their favourite books. Hopefully he will be able to share some of his favourites as well as finding out a few new stories for us to read at home.
So to celebrate, I thought we would share some of our favourites! Would love to hear any fellow Mommy blogger recommendations!
- Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
The witch had a cat and a very tall hat! This is quite a special book for us as it was Daddy Maynes’ first book purchase for Baby Finley. You cannot beat a Julia Donaldson book (in my opinion!) for her wonderful rhyming verses. They are really easy for little ones to remember and join in with.
The story follows a witch and her fellow cat. As they journey through the forest, they pick up some new friends who outwit a hungry dragon who wants to feast on the witch! A lovely ending with some iggety ziggety zaggety zoom magic!
2. Dino-Mummy by Mark Sperring, illustrated by Sam Lloyd
We heard this being read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories hour and I ordered it there and then! You could argue it’s a little sexist but it just makes me smile reading it! How amazing is Dino Mummy? She does it all! A Dino-Mummy superstar!
3. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
The first time I read this I was in floods of tears. It’s beautiful. Who loves each other more? Big Nutbrown Hare or Little Nutbrown Hare? I this it just sums up motherhood for me. We will always love our little ones more than they love us.
4. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers illustrates books beautifully. His drawings are stunning. Daddy Maynes is a massive fan and alway picks up a few of his books when we take a trip to Waterstones!
The crayons have had enough! Blue has been overused, orange and yellow have had a falling out and pink wants an outing! But poor Duncan wants to do some colouring! Luckily he comes up with a cunning plan to include all the crayons and get a gold star too!
5. Little People, Big Dreams – Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo
I was getting a little bored of reading Finley stories about perfect princesses and fairytale weddings the day after the princess had met a handsome prince, so when I saw these I had to buy them. Such a fantastic range which I will be buying more from over the coming months. I have also learnt quite a lot from these stories too!
Happy World Book Day everyone!