As a child, I loved to read and it was a love my mother nurtured in me, for she too loved to pass time in another world through the pages of a book. This love stayed with me all throughout my teens and into adulthood and in turn, children’s books have featured strongly in our home from the time my eldest girl was a tiny baby.
Every night I read one, sometimes two books to my two smallest people who are 4 and 5. My 5-year-old has started school, she now recognises words and cannot wait until she can read books herself!
If you are ever unsure of what to buy for a child, and you know that the child in question loves to read, you will rarely go wrong with a book. The books featured here are all books that we have read or are currently reading, some will have been read time and time again and my two youngest children love them.
Duncan takes out his colours so he can, well, colour! Instead, he finds letters from all of the crayons telling him they quit! Orange and Yellow are fighting, Purple is a neat freak and poor Peach is naked!
As with all of the books I’ll mention in this post, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read it and therefore the number of times my girl, in particular, has launched into a fit of giggles. She is utterly charmed by both the story and the illustrations.
I suspect these books need no introduction. I know them by heart. Admittedly Abbie is less keen these days for these two, but Harry still loves them.
A very clever mouse takes a stroll through the woods and uses a very clever tactic to deter some hungry animals. Witty and lyrical, it’s easy to see why these books charm young readers.
A Squash and a Squeeze and The Paper Dolls, both by Julia Donaldson
A Squash and a Squeeze – A little old lady lives all by herself but she feels her house is too small. A wise old man advises her to move all of her animals in. When she moves them out again she’s amazed at how much space she has. A simple message told in a funny way for small ears. Loved by both children here.
The Paper Dolls – Abbie loves this book so much! A little girl makes some paper dolls with her Mom, she gives them funny names and they go on amazing adventures together. Beautiful rhyming brings this story of childhood memories and imagination to life. I’m quite fond of it myself.
I know Julia Donaldson’s books are popular! To be fair, they’re also timeless. This one really is worn out! A witch and her cat are flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind blows away her hat, her bow and her wand. Three animals come to her rescue and using her magic she is able to give them all a ride on her broomstick.
‘What do you think of me in my new knickers?’ Not a question I ever thought I’d be asking, let alone on repeat. Both the children love this story. Pig finds a pair of knickers and wears them with pride, feeling extremely special and gaining confidence. Then disaster strikes! Was it really the knickers that made Pig special?
We reviewed Freddy Buttons back in 2015. They were popular books in our house then and they still are now. This excerpt from my original review still stands, and Harry enjoys the books as much as his sister. Abbie absolutely loves the Freddy Buttons series, her favourite being Freddy Buttons and the Slimy Slugs, pooping in the halls will always produce a fit of giggles! The illustrations in the books are beautiful and the stories engaging and whilst the message which Fiona is aiming to convey is there and influences each tale, it is done so in a gentle manner.
*I received a complimentary set of Freddy Buttons books in 2015 for the purpose of review, thoughts expressed were mine and my daughters own honest opinion.
Harry loves this, really loves it. He snuggles down with his bear, Teddy B, and Mr Simply Homemade or I will read it. He insists we call the cub Harry and the cub’s parent is whichever one of us is reading. It’s warm, fuzzy and way too cute of my mischievous monkey! It is a beautifully illustrated book that captures winter.
This is a lovely tale of friendship. Two little mice go on a search for a wishing star that has fallen into the river. Along the way, they meet some other animals, and trouble ensues as they realise only one wish can be made. Fear not, it ends lovely. I need to mention the illustrations in this book too, they are gorgeous.
That’s just a very small selection of the books we read throughout the year, the ones we came back to time and time again. I wasn’t asked to mention any of them, you’ll see none of them are new releases, they are genuinely just a handful of our bookshelf favourites from 2017.
Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all of these books were paid for by myself. This post contains Affiliate Links, further details about Affiliate Links can are available on my Disclosure page.