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300 Picture Books Challenge #12

So close! We just missed reaching the halfway point of the 300 Picture Books Challenge this week – by one book! But we’ll be off to a flying start next week, as Little Miss received a nice haul of new books for her birthday on Friday! But with eight new books added to the list for this week, our current total number of different books read so far this year is now 149.

Little Miss got her second free Bookstart pack this week and we were both thrilled to find a copy of the classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo included. It’s one she’s read and loved before in the library. Also included was If You’re Happy and You Know It by Anna McQuinn and Sophie Fatus ([published by Barefoot Books). As you might expect, it’s based on the classic nursery rhyme but it’s the wonderfully detailed, bright and colourful illustrations of children from all over the world that make this book. There is so much to look at and talk about within the pages. All in all, we were very pleased with our pack and I think Bookstart does a fab job in encouraging parents to read with their children.

Although Dear Zoo has been a big hit, the out and out favourite this week – read repeatedly at bedtimes – was an Emily Gravett title, Monkey and Me. Monkeys generally go down very well in this house and there are a few other animals to discover as you turn the pages, some of which are a little bit different for a changeLike the other Emily Gravett books we’ve read – all of which have been hugely popular with Little Miss – it’s very simple, based on repetition and accompanied by great illustrations. I suspect it’ll be a good few weeks before I can smuggle this one back to the library!

300 Picture Books Challenge Week 12

You can follow our daily reading progress on Pinterest and I’d love to hear any recommendations.

Find out more and join in with the 300 Picture Book Challenge over on the Child Led Chaos blog.

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Loving the library

Library cardI grew up loving books and have been keen for my little one to do the same, so the library has been a bit of a hangout of ours since the early days. But actually it’s not just about the books. I’ve found local libraries to be a handy safe haven for us since Little Miss was tiny, especially if we’re out and about in a new town. There’s always something to keep her entertained, it’s free, warm and all-weather. And while she finds it fun, it also ticks the box of being good for her development. What’s not to love? I now spend far more time there than I ever did in my student days!

My new-found appreciation of libraries started when I was breastfeeding. I always used to seek one out when I needed a base for the day. Most towns have one and they can be generally be relied upon to provide shelter from the elements, a quiet place to feed (with an endless supply of reading material for mum) and somewhere to change the inevitable dirty nappy (with rarely a queue).

Now she’s a toddler we’re still loving it but nowadays, like everything, it’s a little less sedate!

Little Miss got her first library card at the grand old age of 12 weeks! (check out the cute card in this post’s photo). Admittedly this was because the NHS post-natal group we attended had a local librarian come along to promote its parent-friendly credentials and sign us all up there and then. And it worked a treat.

At our local library there are no late fines on baby library cards (within reason), always handy for when busy mummy forgets. And if pages do get a bit tatty from toddlers thumbing through that’s also OK too.

Little Miss loves wandering around, looking at books, sitting on the little chairs and climbing in the funky tunnel-seat thingy (not it’s technical name I’m sure!).

And, on top of everything else, a big bonus is the Baby Rhyme Time sessions. Round our way there are loads of activities, groups and classes vying for the parental pound, so it’s nice to find something completely free (especially now I’m only working part-time). Some sessions have also included freebie books to take home at the end from Bookstart.

So, I for one would like to give a big thumbs up to local libraries. Do you agree?

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