I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say I haven’t read to my son as often as I should have. He’s all about playing and having fun and rarely wants to listen to stories. When I was pregnant I said I would read to him every day from the day he was born but I was hideously unprepared for how much other important stuff would need doing.
My son is now a bit older and he has started taking some level of interest in books, particularly those with a solid rhyme scheme and a lot of repetition. I’m no expert but I think the anticipation of me repeating a line or phrase that he knows is really exciting and he often squeals with delight when he knows what the next line is.
Of course, chosing just five was no easy task because there are so many truly brilliant books for kids out there and the list does keep growing. I have included books that we keep coming back to, books that he brings to us to be read and a firm favourite from my own childhood.
1. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
|Weston Woods Studios Incorporated, 2004|
2. Someone Bigger By Jonathan Emmett and Adrian Reynolds
|Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003|
|Alligator Books Limited, 2012|
|Walker Books, 1998|
5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
|Walker Books, 1993|