…what we do on Fridays and weekends but what happens on Mondays to Thursdays?
We read and read and read some more! 🙂
Here are some of the family’s perennial favourites which are top winners for both the story and the illustrations.
Bob and 6 more Christmas Stories by Sandra Boynton – funny, irreverent, plain silly and the lullaby at the end of the book written purposely in a very odd tune is touching in its own way. Boynton’s lullabies are so catchy that it’s become a staple every night before bed. I am itching to go buy more to refresh our little library… 😉
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram – I love Anita Jeram’s illustrations, they are the kind of pictures I would like to frame up on the children’s room walls. The ending of the story never fails to bring a warm smile to DD’s face as Big Nutbrown Hare kisses Little Nutbrown Hare goodnight and whispers “I love you right up to the moon…and back.” Lovely and very good for winding down an active toddler for bedtime.
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann – We got this second hand copy as a gift and it has truly been well thumbed and leafed by the kids. It has no words so you tell the story as you see fit, but the cheerful illustrations go a long way in conveying Gorilla’s mischief and the zookeeper’s “blur-ness”. There are some “easter eggs” in the pictures that older children can try and look out for. Younger children can just enjoy the story and the pictures, which for some reason has a very comforting and calming effect. Great for bedtime.
The Beginner’s Bible: Jesus is Risen – this was one of the first books we read to DD. The story starts with Jesus being made to carry the cross, his death on Calvary, his burial in the tomb, the resurrection and ends on the happy note where his disciples see him again after he is risen and they are told to go and tell others that Jesus is alive. The pictures are bright and clear and it’s a succinct summary of the salvation story for young children.
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – DD knows this story almost by heart and can recite it as we turn the pages. By no means does it imply she knows how to read but it certainly demonstrates the power of a child’s memory! The story in rhyme is well written and great for teaching first words to a child and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations are really humorous. We got this on offer for below $10 in one of those warehouse book sales and I have been looking out for the prequel to be on offer price since!
Bible for Little Hearts published by Tyndale House and illustrated by Elena Kucharik – the watercolour illustrations are so beautiful and heartwarming. I find it very convenient that the pictures are those of a big sister and little brother so it’s easy for DD to identify it with herself and her brother. This has been a fantastic resource for reinforcing the memory verses she learns at Sunday School.