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One of the benefits of having three children is the scope and variety of books that you get

to read to them and with them. I don’t think I need to discuss how important it is to read

with your children but also for them to see you reading books and enjoying them.

I’ve found that my children tend to get the most out of books if i’ve read them first and I

can enthuse them about the exciting story i’m about to read them. I’ve also found that a

really good approach is to try to theme books, for example have an art week, an animal

week or a week of fairy stories. That way you can make the most out of the books and

create some really worthwhile activities.

If you’re looking to find a great book for a gift then to be honest you can’t go wrong if you

pick one of the classics, if you want to be a bit more contemporary look for award winning

authors or prizes; The Red House children’s book awards or The CILIP Carnegie and

Kate Greenaway Medals are always a sign of a good read.

Tidy books - Kids Book Shelf

I’ve written loads of book reviews on my blog and I genuinely love reading a wide

range of stuff with the children. I think its good to have a range of fiction and non-
fiction books and even books without words accessible to them. Whilst my eldest

enjoys reading a chapter book he can get equally as much out of some of the

picture books he had when he was two years old, its just a case of getting him to

think about them and the topics more carefully.

I’m often asked what the best books to buy for a limited bookshelf and I have to say

that there really is no answer to that, it depends on the child, their interests and

what you enjoy reading with them. I have to say if budget is limited I’d stick to

classics which they might like to keep. The library has a brilliant range of

children’s books and its really worthwhile making the most of that. Also, don’t

forget to Google the author and the book as often they have their own website and

associated printable activities which can give even more added value.

These are our favourite books at the moment (for ages 2­ 7):

    • We Are all Going on Bear Hunt by Michael Morpago
    • Penguin by Polly Dunbar
    • Meg and Mog written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
    • Dirty Bertie by David Roberts
    • The Usborne Art Book About Colour
    • Amelie and Nanette: Sparkly Shoes and Picnic Parties by Sophie Tilley
    • Three by the Sea by Mini Grey
    • Grill Pan Eddy by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
    • Animalium (Welcome to the Museum) by Scott and Broom
    • Barry Loser By Jim Smith

Written by our regular contributor Claire.


All views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Room To Grow.

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