What We Are Reading – May 2014

What We Are Reading - May 2014

We have been doing a lot of reading in the last few weeks and I thought I would share what we have been reading lately. A recent refresh of the books in the baskets and it has opened up a new world of stories, adventures and an assistance in leap of vocabulary for Joshua.

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Play School – Nursery Rhyme Favourites
    Joshua adores nursery rhymes and has done since he was little but we have this from Play School (Australian TV show for those that are overseas) that Joshua was given as a birthday present. We do not watch the TV show however from the books we have Joshua now knows all the names of the toys – Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima, Humpty Dumpty etc. And joyfully sings and knows all the nursery rhymes in the book. There are other books in the series that cover the most popular nursery rhymes and songs that children love to sing. Joshua’s favourite nursery rhymes are “The Grand Old Duke of York”, “Jack & Jill”, “Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Diddle Diddle Dumpling” and “Wee Willie Winkie”. So many to choose from and such a fun way to learn the rhymes together. There are also CD’s with the songs and rhymes being read and sang by the presenters of the show – more recent ones or older presenters who I remember growing up listening to.
  2. Shoes from Grandpa
    It has been interesting watching Joshua’s development. Joshua identifies the characters in this book with those people in his life and says Grandpa is “Nonno” and the little girl Jessie is “Sophie” (Joshua’s godsister whom he adores). So when I read the book it is “Shoes from Nonno for Sophie”. Lovely rhyming, introduces different family members and different articles of clothing.
  3. A Box of Bugs
    This is a great set of pop up books that Joshua received as a present some time ago. We have been reading through these and they are simple concept books, including opposites, numbers, colours and up & down. Joshua loves these and certainly knows how these concepts very well and these books have been so fun, he can now recite them by heart.
  4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Joshua often asks for this book to read. The book covers colours, animals and has a lovely rhythm and rhyming and the distinctive illustrations characteristic of Eric Carle.  If your child loved the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this is one to read.
  5. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
    A sweet story about a little mouse trying to hide a strawberry from the big hungry bear and the only way to hide it is to…. share. Such a difficult concept for children to learn but this book covers sharing in a fun, lighthearted fashion.
  6. Down By The Station
    Great for listing different vehicles – trains, cars, trucks, any common transport vehicle is listed. It also lists emergency vehicles too which is useful.
  7. The Smartest Giant in Town
    I read this when I was younger and had forgotten about it until I read this to a friend’s child a month or so ago. Joshua loved it so much when we sang the little song to him that I decided to read this book at home. It is a fun book about a giant who gives all his things away to help his friends so the message is a positive one and about giving (rather than receiving) being the best gift of all.
  8. Play School – Jemima Gets Dressed
    I admit Joshua is a reluctant self dresser and would happily let me do it for him simply because it is easier for him. I bought this book in the hope that he would begin to enjoy dressing himself and it has helped. He loves the colourful clothing, the playful rhyming words and that Jemima is getting dressed too (he loves Play School characters). It is lovely to see him getting his own self motivation by watching his friends and reading books.

What books are you reading with your child? We love recommendations for books and would love to hear your child’s favourites.