Turning the pages!

Posted by Vicky Emmons on April 26, 2023

There is so much choice when it comes to children's books. Do you have a certain style of book you enjoy reading to your child? The more I think about it, I seem to sway towards an authors style.

I absolutely love Tim Hopgood's books, especially his self-illustrated ones. They are an easy read, simple structures and additional learning such as numbers, shapes etc. The illustrations are beautiful in particular Cyril the lonely cloud. It's available at Melton Library give it ago if you haven't already.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle this is a classic it was written in 1969 and is loved by everyone and I think it always be. I wasn't aware of the books he had written there are so many I also love Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? A great book for colour recognition. They have some great downloadable resources on their website. Downloads and Activities | Eric Carle (eric-carle.com)

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, I think this really captures children's imagination. Even though this is a longer story, because of the way it's written it captures little minds right until the last page. It's a must buy for any children's book shelf. I also like how the characters from her other books appear to, it's a lovely detail to spot with your child. 

Nick Sharratt has so many amazing books, if I had to choose it would be the Shark in the Park set. They are playful and also encourage exploring the world and being curious. I recently took my nephew to the Theatre to see this, he is 7 and absolutely loved it. I've also met Nick Sharratt when working in a nursery he came and spent time with the pre-school children for an illustration workshop, that was a fabulous experience.

Lastly although there is so many of these to collect, I do like the "That's not my......" range from Usborne Books. They are especially amazing for small babies with their tactile pages and repetitive phrases. Don't take them off your bookshelf though as they really grow with a child even once they have started school. Don't forget to look for the mouse along the way too.

There are so many books to explore, I remember as a young child sharing books with my parents, Enid Blyton always springs to mind.  Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog. It's always appreciated. Vicky  x

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