Favourite books to share

Do you have a cosy corner for sharing books? Does your toddler group have a special space for parents and children to read a book together?

Last week I spotted a  mum sitting in our comfy book corner with her son and baby daughter. They were surrounded by books and were, in her words, having a ‘book fest’. Even though it was time for snacks I left them to it – they had to finish the book!

When my own children were small we had a favourite book – we can still quote parts of it to each other. It’s ‘So Much’ written by Trish Cooke and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. When I joined the Toddler Group Team at my church I bought a copy for our group. Everyone should have a chance to enjoy this book.

It’s all about a family and how that family love the new baby – they love him so much. As the book goes on we are introduced to all the family – mum, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmas. The illustrations are fab.

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Do you have a favourite children’s book? Please share!

‘Me Too!’ Bible story books review

The Me Too! series of Bible story books by Marilyn Lashbrook, illustated by Stephanie McFetridge Britt are written for very young children. They are interactive – things to point at in the illustrations, questions to answer, repetitive phrases to join in with.The authors use of onomatopoeia allows you to add lots of expression to the story. The books are great to read aloud and still enjoyable after many repeated readings. They could easily be used in a small group setting – great books to have in a book corner at a toddler group or to use as prizes for the young children in Sunday School or as leavers gifts for children moving on from toddler group.

Some of the versionsof the books are very small and so unsuitable to reading to a group  – so beware if buying online and check the sizes.

The illustrations are clear and often suitably humorous. Sometimes they aren’t quite true to the time in which the stories took place which I think is a shame. But that’s my only niggle. My own children loved these books when they were little.

The books are published by Lion Hudson (Candle Books) and are available from their website www.lionhudson.com also from www.amazon.co.uk and from www.abebooks.co.uk (with free delivery)