Every three-year-old I know loves books, and my daughter is no exception. If she’s not been particularly well behaved at pre-school (and um, that does seem to be happening more and more, at the moment – apologies to the key worker who she headbutted recently) then we sometimes say to her “No bedtime stories”. This is guaranteed to send her off into a mini meltdown. The thought of no stories before bed is enough to push her over the edge.
But most days, our post-pre-school routine is lovely. We walk home together, and sit in the kitchen with a few snacks (usually raisins, rice cakes and milk) while watching Peppa Pig on the iPad. Then it’s upstairs for a quick bath before getting into her PJs (OK, I sometimes get into mine too) and we lie on her little toddler bed together, reading a couple of stories.
At the moment, every second page of reading is halted by the three-year-old asking questions (“Mum! Mum! What’s his name?”… “Mummy? Why is he sitting there?”) or asking if she can spell out certain words in the book. All diversion tactics, of course. Anything to delay the moment she has to go to sleep.
Three books that we’re enjoying reading right now are Yeti And The Bird by Nadia Shireen, Mr Tilly And The Halloween Mystery by Noreen Leighton and The Story Of Prince George by… (who does write the Peppa Pig books?).
The Yeti And The Bird is the third book from children’s illustrator and author Nadia Shireen. My daughter LOVES The Good Little Wolf (we’ve yet to buy Hey Presto!) so this book was bound to go down well. It tells the story of a lonely yeti who had no friends, until a little bird loses his way and ends up meeting the yeti and showing him how important friendship is. Nadia’s books are beautifully illustrated, and she adds in gags for the grown ups – fantastic when we are the ones who have to read the story again (and again. and again.)
Noreen Leighton has written two children’s books – Mr Tilly And The Halloween Mystery and Mr Tilly And The Christmas Lights. We love both of them. Mr Tilly is a little dog who lives in a tea room in a Scottish village. He gets up to all sorts of mischief as he tries to help solve mysteries. The books are illustrated by Lorna Wilson, who met Noreen in a tea room, and they cooked up their plan to publish children’s books. Such a fantastic story behind the books! You can even follow Mr Tilly on Twitter: @talesofmrtilly
The Story Of Prince George is a special Peppa Pig book published to mark the birth of Prince George (see what they’ve done, there?). As a mum of a daughter who is becoming increasingly interested in princesses (DON’T worry, she is also into cars, trains and building towers), this book is a firm favourite. Prince George lives in a castle with Princess Peppa and all is well until a big dragon comes along. Can George save the day? Any Peppa Pig fan will love this book.
Which children’s books are your kids loving right now?
Psst! We were sent these books to review. You can read all about my review posts, if you’re that way inclined on my Work With Me page.