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.
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):
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.