Our 300 Picture Book Challenge efforts received a surprise boost this week when I found out I’d won a Twitter competition run by Hodder Children’s Books. I’ve never won anything online before so it was all very exciting. On Wednesday morning our prize, a big box of books from across their range, arrived. Some will be put away until Little Miss is older but a good six or seven are perfect for now and we’ve really enjoyed reading them.
So here’s a picture of almost everything we’ve read this week…
Our prize included the fab That Pesky Dragon, Llama Llama Red Pyjama and Is It bedtime Wibbly Pig? (already a firm favourite we’d borrowed from the library and kept far too long). It also introduced us to the adorable Hugless Douglas. More on him in a sec…
So this week my Baby Bookworm and I have read 28 different books, taking our total so far to 56.
Our top three reads have been:
1 Hugless Douglas by David Melling – Douglas the bear is always on a mission to find the perfect hug and Little Miss just loves him! We were given two books in our prize, including the one pictured which features a cuddly Douglas puppet to really bring the story to life. Fun, heartwarming stories with great illustrations.
2 I’m Not Sleepy by Jane Chapman – The library provided our favourite bedtime read, which Little Miss has asked for every night (and several nap times) since we borrowed it. As the name and cover suggest, it’s about a little owl who doesn’t want to go to bed and has Grandma owl (‘Nanma’ as Little Miss says) in a flutter. Beautiful pictures and love the ending (I won’t give it away). Perfect for grandparents and anyone who loves owls like we we do (and if you do, here’s a post about owls and a couple more book suggestions).
3 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long, but we finally discovered just how great the hugely popular children’s author Julia Donaldson is this week. I can see what all the fuss is about and why she was made Children’s Laureate. The Gruffalo is one of the UK’s best-selling picture books and we loved it! Such a clever, humorous and appealing little story, with fantastic rhyming text. I think we’ll be enjoying this one for years! And I’ve just discovered there’s an official Gruffalo website to accompany the book, which looks good. We also read a second Julia Donaldson book, Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou, which again is lots of fun to read out loud.
I’ve realised this week that Little Miss is starting to move away from her more basic board books. She’ll still look at these on her own but when we’re reading together she chooses longer picture stories. Luckily I had a whole pile of books I’d previously put away so these have been much appreciated. Our latest batch of borrowed books also reflects her growing attention span and we now have a whole new section of library to explore.
You can follow our daily reading progress here on Pinterest.
Find out more and join in with the 300 Picture Book Challenge over on the Child Led Chaos blog.
Happy reading everybody!