Our family loves books. Books have been a feature in our kids’ daily lives and routines since they were born. Our boys have some firm favourites when it comes to story time, so here’s a round up of them – perfect if you’re looking for ideas for a birthday present or a new book to look for at your local library (and you’ll enjoy reading them too!)
Our toddler is obsessed with all things construction site related. Diggers, dump trucks, cement mixers – basically if you can find it on a construction site, he will love it! When we drive past construction sites, he excitedly yells from the back seat, “digger! digger!”, quickly followed by, “more?”
We had originally bought Roadworks by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock for our eldest when he was younger; of course as soon as the toddler saw it, he was hooked! We bought him Demolition and Construction (by the same authors) for his birthday and he absolutely loves them! With gorgeous illustrations and rhyming throughout, this is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers, and is available in both paperback (and board book for those with toddlers like ours). I will be honest though, these can’t be the last books we read the toddler in the evening as he gets hyped up and excited! First stories of a few though, and we’re alright 🙂
Still on the construction site theme, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld not only is a fantastically illustrated book for kids obsessed with all things digger/dump truck/excavator, this book has sound effects! Maybe not such a smart idea for Santa to deliver this book for our toddler, as the toddler insisted on taking the book to bed, pressing the sound effect buttons and causing parents to think there was a grown man snoring in the toddler’s room… Now we’ve managed to get the book back on the shelf at bed time though, we’re happier! This book is handy if your kids aren’t fans of going to sleep at night and suffer from FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. In this book, all the construction vehicles go to sleep too. Perfect!
Noni the Pony by Alison Lester, has a wonderful message about friendship and has a rhyming style that makes story time fun. The story is long enough that kids feel they got a decent length story before bed, but not so long that parents quickly flick a page or two when the kids aren’t paying attention. I adore this book, and despite knowing it off-by-heart, I’d still happily read it every night to the kids.
Where Is The Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek suddenly became one of those must-have books for toddlers a few years ago. Colourful pictures and engages children by telling them about all the other sheep out there, but after a while, you’re kind of asking yourself “where is the bloody green sheep?!” Still a great read for kids and definitely a great book to look for at your library, but parents might start to go a bit cray cray if you have to read this back to back 20 times in a row, every day…
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland – this is just a gorgeous book. A group of animal friends try to cheer up a very cranky bear. Our toddler loves to make ROAR noises throughout the story!
Our seven year old is a bookworm, for sure. Whenever we go for a drive, whether it is to the shops, or for a day trip somewhere, he will always bring a book with him! Here are some of his favourites.
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. These are hilarious to read with your kids, providing you don’t mind the odd fart joke. The seven year old will almost fall off the chair laughing when he’s reading these books to us! There are a whole series of these books, about two primary school boys who have a horrible school principal that they have hypnotised to make him think he’s a super hero. If your kids would enjoy reading about talking toilets that eat mean teachers, kids saving the day and a super hero that only wears underpants and a cape – then this book is going to be a winner.
Zac Power by H.I. Larry, is another series book for primary school aged readers. Zac is a spy with some awesome gadgets, and goes on missions to save the world. Very cool, and has slogans like, “24 hours to save the world, and ace a maths test”… Our seven year old wants to become a spy because of these books. Really easy to read and in chapters, making it easier for parents to indicate when it is time for bed – “at the end of the next chapter”…
The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. This book, along with the others in the series, are incredible and I love, love, love them! Not only are they well-written for kids, they are the sort of books that parents are happy to read aloud, as to be honest, they have fabulous story lines! When my parents recently visited us from interstate, my father read chapter after chapter aloud to the seven year old, laughing constantly, and making comments like, “why didn’t they have books like these when I was a kid?!”. The books in this series should definitely by put on a birthday/Christmas present/must find at the library list.
Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo) and David Roberts. Jack and his friends go on an adventure to the faraway Isle of Blowyernose to help find a cure for his grandmother’s moozles. Fabulous illustrations, not too long to delay bedtime, and kids will be giggling away.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – a classic. I loved this book when I was younger, and have loved reading it with my seven year old. So many great adventures in one book. Love it.
These are just some of the favourite books in our house. I hope you manage to track some, or all of them down at your local book shop or library! Happy reading 🙂
What are some of your kid’s favourite books?
Have your kids read any books that you also loved as a child?
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