I have a gorgeous little niece who turned 2 in April. Despite over a twenty year difference in our ages, there are three things we agree on. Finding Nemo is a great movie (FISH! NEMO!), babies can be a little messy (Eww! BABIES GROSS!) and we both love books (BOOK! BOOK!).
My brother and his wife have been reading Miss E books since she was born and whenever I visit her at her house the first thing she does is take me by the hand and drags me to the bookshelf. She has amassed quite a library with over fifty books and I thought who better than to help me talk about picture books than an expert! We caught up over drinks (coffee for me, frothed milk with a marshmallow for Miss E) to discuss just two of our favourites.
This is a series of touch-and-feel board books with a range of topics. Miss E has over 15 with her favourites being That’s Not My Truck (CAR! DOOR!) and That’s Not My Mermaid (FISH!). You can buy them individually or they also come in boxed sets of five. There are even specially themed books for special events like Christmas (SANTA!). These books are great because there is something to touch on each page like furry eyebrows or slimy spots. They are heavy-duty and one of the few books Miss E is allowed to read by herself as there is no chance of pages ripping. There’s only a sentence on each page meaning even the little ones with a very short attention span can sit still enough to read them and lately Miss E has taken to sitting next to her infant sisters (BABIES!) and reading these books to them. (MOUSE!) Oh, and in every book there is a mouse on each page for children to find and point out. Anything else I need to say Miss E? (RAWR! RAWR!) That’s Not My Dragon is another of her favourites.
If you know of a little one who likes dogs – this series is a winner. The Hairy Maclary books by New Zealand author Dame Lynley Dodd is a series I remember from when I was little and even as an adult I enjoy reading them to Miss E. They follow the adventures of Hairy Maclary and his friends (Doggy! WOOF WOOF! DOGGY!). There is a book about their time in obedience class (SIT! WOOF!), another about a very windy day and many more. The illustrations are lovely and the stories are poems of sorts with rhyming and repetition. There is a paragraph on each page and if your little one is as eager to turn the page as Miss E then you may not get though all the words on each page before you find yourself on the next. Whilst you can get these in board book format, Miss E has them in regular page format which wasn’t quite up to her enthusiastic page turning (BOOK OH NO!). These books are a lot of fun for young and old alike.
Thanks for reading our discussion about a few children’s books. I’m always looking for new books to buy for Miss E and her sisters so if you have any you enjoy, please give us a few recommendations 🙂