We’re creeping ever closer to the 200 books mark! This week we’ve enjoyed eight new titles taking us up to 185 different books now read since the beginning of the year.
Our latest highlight has been Can You See Sassoon? It’s kind of a Where’s Wally for toddlers, only instead of trying to spot a bloke with glasses in a stripy jumper you need to find a stripy snake! He’s actually pretty tricky to spot at times and I wondered whether Little Miss would lose interest but she sat there happily scanning the pages looking for him. I sometimes had to help but she still enjoyed it and has asked for it repeatedly since. It’s a really fun book, with great rhyming text and quirky, bright illustrations, and there’s lots to see and talk about in the pictures, aside from Sassoon himself.
We’ve also been enjoying Monkey Do! It’s written by Allan Ahlberg, another author whose books I loved as a child, and Little Miss likes it because, well, she just likes monkeys! It’s a funny, rhyming tale of a naughty monkey who escapes from the zoo. Ours was from the library and apparently you can’t buy it new anymore but if you do track down a copy it’s well worth a read. The only slightly strange thing about it was a blatant name check for Volvo rather than just saying car! Bit random and Little Miss was rather confused!
And worth a final mention is Nursery Time by Mij Kelly and Mary Mcquillan. I’ve since discovered it’s part of a series of books featuring a little girl called Suzy Sue, each of them focusing on key milestones or skills in a toddler’s life – like potty training, moving to a big bed and learning good manners. As you’ve probably guessed, this one sees Suzy Sue start nursery. I borrowed it from the library because the pictures looked so nice – our Little Miss has been going to nursery since she was almost ten months old so she’s an old timer now! But it would be great for toddlers who are just starting and feeling a bit worried – and their mums too! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the other books in the series.
I’d love to hear what you and your little ones have been reading this week and don’t forget to keep an eye on our Pinterest board where you can see everything we’ve read since the start of the year.
Find out more and join in with the 300 Picture Book Challenge over on the Child Led Chaos blog.