World Book Day 2012: Our favourite books

By | March 1, 2012

I’ve posted before about how C loves books and has had them from before she was born.  She has her own bookshelf in the living room, that is getting rather full, and most days she can be found sat next to it on the floor pulling books out and ‘reading’ them.

As it’s World Book Day, I thought I’d share with you what we’re enjoying reading at the moment.

C’s not really fussy about books just yet and will quite happily sit and let you read pretty much anything to her at the moment.  She does, however, have a few books that she will go for first.  These do change; her favourite from about 12-18 months was Dear Zoo, and at the moment her favourites are:

  • The Gruffalo– This has been a favourite for a while now and she helps me read it as she knows a lot of the words.  She plays games based around the Gruffalo too and tells M she’s going to eat Daddy ice cream.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This was one of the books she had before she was born and is one we’ve been reading to her forever.  I do think she’s growing out of this one a little as it’s chosen a lot less than it used to be.
  • My Dad– We both love this book.  It’s a really nice little story and another that C loves to join in with.
  • Funnybones– I can remember reading this one when I was younger and it’s nice to see it still being about today.  It’s fairly long as far as our books go but C happily sits and listens to it all.

Other favourites include The Teeny Weeny TadpolePeace At Last and Mister Magnolia.

I do wonder how long it will be before her tastes change again and what she’ll enjoy next.  What are your children enjoying at the moment?



Corinne on March 1, 2012 at 11:57 am.

My toddler loves the Gruffalo too. At the moment Room on the Broom is his favourite. I’ve tried reading him The Tiger Who Came to Tea but I think I enjoy that one more than he does!
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Emily McMillan on March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm.

Reminds me of my little girl! She has a very similar shelf in the corner of our lounge where she sits. I am going to get Funny Bones now… I had forgotten about that one, she’ll love it!! x
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jenny Paulin on March 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm.

B has suddenly taken a huge interest in all things Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child!! he loves his books too which I am so happy about and I hope, as with your C, carries on into adulthood. xx
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Sara on March 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm.

There can be few books for children that work on so many levels, and are so completely satisfying. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a simple story about a caterpillar that eats his way through a variety of foods, becoming bigger all the time, until he turnes into a butterfly. The artwork is glorious, in Eric Carle’s typical tissue-paper collage, with wonderful jewel-like colours. He has made many picture books, but this one is definitely the best. The pages vary in size, getting gradually larger with the caterpillar, and have holes in to show him chomping his way through the leaves, fruit, chocolate cake and ice cream, so it is interesting and tactile for little ones. It introduces counting (because he eats one plum, two oranges, three pieces of melon, etc), days of the week (one foodstuff per day!) and thus the passage of time, growth and change, the biology of caterpillars and butterflies, and, above all, it’s great FUN!! My all-time favourite children’s book is “Where the wild things are”, but this would run it a close second.
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