Sunday, 25 June 2017

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway

As family activities go, reading books is a firm favourite in the Brookes household.  Without fail, we will  read stories at bedtime. We often tag team as we have two littles that often fancy a different story.  Some nights I will read to P and Sam will read to L, other nights we swap round and sometimes we all sit together to read one of our ultimate favourites.  Books are not just a bedtime thing though we love snuggling up, especially at the weekend with a good book or two in the lounge.  We made an area in our lounge where lots of the children's books are easily accessible to them so that they can go and grab a book to look at whenever they fancy.

Because we value reading so much in our house I thought it would be nice to blog about some of our favourite books at the moment.  It'll be nice for us to look back on and it might also be some inspiration for any other mamas and dads out there who fancy some fresh bedtime story material. :)

I am sure you all know and love the classics such as, The Hungry Caterpiller, Stickman and Where the Wild Things Are... Posey has recently learnt about butterflies at preschool so really enjoys listening to The Hungry Caterpiller and listing all the things he eats through.  Stickman has long been a favourite in our house but it has taken Lochlann until now to request the story at bedtime rather than  just watching the film.  I love reading this to him at bedtime especially as it is has a Christmas theme too (I am an all year round Christmas enthusiast).  We enjoy Where the Wild Things Are as Posey loves to pretend she is one of the wild things swinging through the trees.  This is one we often we if we are all doing story time together in Lochlann's room.

Fox's Socks is a lovely one from the range of lift the flap books written by Julia Donaldson.  This one was much loved by Posey when she was a little younger and now Lochlann loves searching for the missing sock in the story.  Though it has to be said sometimes he gets a little too enthusiastic and the flaps in the book have needed to be fixed with sellotape!

The other two stories I wanted to write about are two that you may not have come across before.  Oi Frog HAS to be read by Daddy as he is far better at reading it with a cockney accent for the cat who is telling the frog all about where different animals need to sit 😂.  Needless to say this book has our littles giggling away and reciting it along with Daddy as he reads.  This is a good one as it is one that I would say is definitely entertaining for children and parents alike!

The Cow That Laid An Egg is another silly but very entertaining one.  Another great one for parents that like to put on accents for the different characters.  I like to think I am great at speaking for the cows in the story (not that I am sure what cows would speak like if they could ha) Lochlann and Posey love it and that is what's important.  It has some funny illustrations to accompany the story and is a highly requested story when 7pm rolls around in our house!

There you have those are the stories we have been enjoying the most lately.  I am thinking about doing a post like this for the books that I have been reading recently so if anyone is interested, let me know.

I really hope that Posey and Lochlann have fond memories of story time with their mummy and daddy. As soon as I knew I was going to become a mother, story time was one of the things I most looked forward to the most.  Both Sam and I have read to the children since they were small babies.  I can only hope that they love books as much I do because if they do my oh my the places they will go and the things they will learn are endless...

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
― C.S. Lewis

Thanks for stopping by,

Lots of love,

Holly xx

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