My mother was a children’s literature major and we had a two-sided library wall full of children’s books. We didn’t watch much TV growing up, but we did read a lot. (Actually, my brothers and I used to watch Magnum PI through a heating column while my parents thought we were in bed sleeping, but that’s a story for another time).
Some of my favorite childhood memories are of being curled up on the couch or in bed listening to mum read The Wind in the Willows, Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland.
I am a huge fan of bedtime reading. It’s so important for kids for early brain development, but it’s also the perfect time (and often the only time) that children and parents can feel 100% present and connected for a whole hour. We have never missed a night of bedtime books since Finn was just a baby. Even when we are on holidays we take books to read at night.
We read two or three books every night so having new ones in the rotation keeps us sane. I buy new or second hand books often, so our library is huge. We also go to our cute little local library once a week for extras. The children’s librarian is super helpful and loves telling us about new children’s books that have come in.
This week I took my camera with us. Here’s how we spend our library time each week.
Finn chooses his books quickly so he can spend some time on the computer. The game he plays is about tying shoelaces and making breakfast. It’s so old-school and clunky and the graphics are bizarre. We have OSMO and the iPad so it’s funny that he loves this game. There will probably be tears the day that we don’t get a spot at the computers.
Our library haul this week:
The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski (if you like beautifully illustrated folktales)
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown (I remember this from my childhood – such a cool story)
Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler (The little boy in this book is adorable and the story is magical!)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (We love our copy of This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen – but we wanted to read the first book in the series)
The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra Hardcover by Marc Tyler Nobleman (I wasn’t super impressed by the story itself, but the boys love it. And the illustrations by Ana Aranda are wonderful)
This week is Children’s Book Week so I thought what better time to geek out with you about our favorite children’s books? During the week I’ll be posting our favorite books for ages 0 to 3 and 3 to 6. I’d love to hear what your favorites are so please let me know about them in the comments. I’ll probably add them to our collection!