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This week (26th January – 2nd February 2019) is National Storytelling Week. A week where the art of storytelling is celebrated by people of all ages. So what better time to celebrate our favourite toddler books?
Our Favourite Toddler Books
Elizabeth loves books. Which is unsurprising really as both myself and her Dad love to read. From a very early age we established a bedtime routine that included a story of some description, and encouraged her to understand the story from the pictures. Some of her first words came from the books that we bought or were given. And here are a few of our favourites from the past 3 years.
Goodnight Poppy Cat by Lara Jones
Goodnight Poppy Cat is a very short and simple board book. It also has a bedtime theme, which makes it superbly suitable as a bedtime story book for a small child. In the book Poppy cat has a bath and bedtime story before going to bed. The word ‘star’ was amongst one of Elizabeth’s first words due to the cover, which features sparkly stars. It is just a lovely first book.
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
Another board book, Clip Clop is again a lovely short story, perfect for the attention span of a small child or toddler. Cat, Dog, Pig and Duck all go for a ride on Mr Horse. When they ask him to go faster, does it lead to disaster? The story may be short, but there is action aplenty. Perfect for a little one to learn the names of animals. A lovely book to bounce a little one on your knee along to.
Tickle My Ears by Jorg Muhle
Tickle My Ears is a little bit different. It is an interactive board book. There are prompts within the book asking the reader to stroke, tap and tickle the pictures within. There are no textured elements or moving flaps, the reader has to use their imagination and empathy. Which is a lovely thing to develop in a small child.
Where’s That Monkey? by Dan Crisp
‘Where’s That Monkey?’ is part of a series, including ‘Where’s That Fish?, ‘Where’s That Cat?’, and ‘Where’s That Duck?’. The wonderful thing about this series is that each page of the book contains a cut out section. It looks as if the monkey can be seen through the hole…but when you turn the page you find that something totally different is there, and not the monkey! Elizabeth still loves these books, and they are very good for counting, spotting and colour recognition.
Anything by Julia Donaldson
No list of our favourite toddler books would be complete without a mention to the ultimate children’s book writer, Julia Donaldson. Before Elizabeth was one, we loved all the board book versions of her tales such as ‘Stick Man‘ and ‘Room on the Broom‘.
But now Elizabeth is a small child, we have moved onto the more interactive versions of her books. Particular favourites right now are the jigsaw versions, where you get some 12 piece jigsaws that illustrate the stories,
and the sound book versions of her books, such as this ‘Gruffalo’s Child‘
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