Good books are one of those things that we often forget to share with our friends. Unlike the name of that wonderful coffee shop who makes a perfect 1/2 strength hazelnut latte, you know the one that we choose to keep to ourselves... books should be shared, reading is a wonderful way to bond with your child as well as a very fun way of teaching them the literary basics. We often talk about the awesome bargain we found at the shopping centre or a great movie we saw but we often forget to mention our great reads... especially when it comes to children's books! In the spirit of sharing and the love of books I thought I would share with you 5 of my favourite books and explain why I love them.
My most favourite book of all time would have to be Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. It is the very first book I have read to all of my babies. Dr. Seuss is one of my childhood favourites and my girls love it too. The repetitive rhyming and whimsical drawings are what makes Dr. Seuss books so appealing to the younger generation (and mine too!). The catch phrase 'I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am' is iconic to this book and makes a fun way for your child to read along.
Cuddle Up Tight is a beautiful picture story book by Rosie Reeve. The soft pastel illustrations make this book a pleasure to read and the storyline makes it the perfect pre-bedtime read. This book is one of my favourite 'read with the kids' books
My fave daddy 'humour' book would have to be My dad thinks he's funny by Katrina Germein and illustrated by Tom Jellett. I love that this book addresses all those 'Dad-isms' that dad and the kids think is funny but sometimes makes mum roll her eyes :)
My all time favourite childhood read would have to be The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton or anything by Enid Blyton to be honest. Although the characters in The Magic Far Away Tree have kind of rude names (Dick and Fanny - although they are common names for the era the book was written) the storyline is very wholesome and magical. I think I reread this book maybe 20 or 30 times during the course of my childhood.
And lastly Number 5: The adventures of the wishing chair, another beautiful book by Enid Blyton. The timelessness of this book to children with great imaginations is just perfect.