I’m singing “Books! Books! Books! WE LOVE THEM!” to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Boys Boys Boys”.
I really do love them. I don’t think there’s anything as magical as being whisked away to a fantasy world, where things feel real and the characters become your friends. Even the sadness that follows once you have finished a book, is worth it. If I could, I would spend ALL DAY lazing around reading stories. Wouldn’t we all?
Seth’s book collection started growing on the day I found out I was pregnant. Books are forever… mostly. Clothes and toys – not so much.
My goal is to have a massive bookshelf in his room one day. One that takes up a whole wall. I hope he has the same enthusiasm about this as I do. Right now, it seems like he may be on board with the idea because he LOVES story time.
He’s also starting to realise that story time is more than just listening to the sound of my voice, but that I’m reading the funny shapes on the pages, and that the pages have colourful pictures on them, which he can touch. He likes to turn the pages himself now too, but it’s usually long before I’ve finished reading them.
He has a way of showing his appreciation for a book by repeatedly smashing his hands onto the pictures and giggling with delight. Whenever he does this, I put the book into a “favourites” pile and make a point to read them more often that month, before they get packed away for a little while so that he can discover new favourites.
I’ve decided to share his picks every month and run a giveaway for them.
I would love to, one day, do a proper book club but is there’s really not a lot to discuss about a story that’s five sentences long.
“So, this month we’re reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
*Everyone takes two minutes to read the story*
“I love how this book describes how badly I fail my diet over the weekend.”
“Yeah… cool story, bro.”
*Drinks wine for the next 58 minutes* (I don’t even like wine.)
Anyway, I digress.
This month Seth has loved:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle (1969)
This is a story about a tiny little caterpillar with a big appetite. You read about what it ate each day and learn why it was so, very, hungry. Spoiler alert: It’s because he needed the energy to turn into a butterfly.
I love that they’ve made a matching caterpillar toy. Seth adores it. It has crinkle paper, bells, loads of different things to teeth on and it looks a lot like the caterpillar in the book. It’s perfect for babies aged three months upwards.
Never Touch a Monster – Rosie Greening (2016)
I had never heard of this book before (it was first published near the end of 2016) I went to Tesco to buy milk but I wound up in the book isle instead. Oops. There I saw this SUPER cute and very brightly coloured book. I showed it to Seth, he smiled and so I bought it.
It’s a short and sweet book listing reasons why you should never touch a monster, except in this book. The monsters have different rubber texture zones on then for your child to touch. Seth found these “touch zones” immediately and gets very excited when he sees this book. LOVE IT!
HTML for Babies – John C. Vandenheuvel (2011)
I first spotted this book in 2013 when the app “Fancy” was all the rage. The Fancy is still around but I don’t use it anymore. I rediscovered it this year when it popped up in a Facebook memory. (Oh, look, Facebook is good for SOMETHING!)
It’s just a few pages with different HTML elements on them with cute words for the classes or parameters. I spotted a syntax error though so I’ve emailed them about it. I’ll update this post if they ever respond.
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