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300 Picture Books Challenge #19

Foxy in Love has been the definite favourite new book for Little Miss this week, along with Can You See Sassoon from last week (even though she now knows exactly where he is on every page!). Somewhat frustratingly for me, she has point blank refused to read three of the new library books we have in the house. It  feels like toddler sabotage. She must know we are now tantalisingly close to reaching the 200 books milestone! She’s toying with me I’m sure!

So with six (instead of nine!) new books read, our total for the year so far now stands at 191.

300 Picture Books Challenge Week 19

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300 Picture Books Challenge #18

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.

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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.

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300 Picture Books Challenge #17

It’s been a fruitful week for our 300 Picture Books Challenge progress, with eight new titles taking our current total to 177 different books read since the beginning of the year.

We all really enjoyed the Alfie book we read last week so I snapped up another one when we went to the library yesterday. This week’s choice, Alfie Gets in First, was the first in the series and written way back in 1981. I was trying to put my finger on what it is about these timeless books that makes them so appealing to both parents and toddlers and came across this great article on the Guardian Books website, which sums it up really well – the conclusion being that a big part of their magic is that the stories and characters are so realistically ‘normal’ yet Shirely Hughes makes makes ‘the ordinary extraordinary’. This week’s adventure sees Alfie accidentally lock himself in the house while his mum and sister are left outside.

Very Little Red Riding Hood was chosen by Daddy when he took Little Miss to the library last week and I did initially wonder whether it might be a bit too scary for a two-year-old. I needn’t have worried, this version is a modernised and witty revamp in which Very Little Red Riding Hood is very much in control – and it’s actually told through the eyes of a toddler, making it very cute and very funny.

And sticking with wolves, also worth a special mention is The Great Sheep Shenanigans, which I’m sure is going to remain popular into this week. It’s a lovely looking book, with catchy, fast-paced rhyming text that tells the story of a hapless hungry old wolf’s attempts to trick his way into a flock of lambs. Watch out for hero Rambo the Ram!

300 Picture Books Challenge week 17

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300 Picture Books Challenge #16

Up until Thursday we only had one new book to add to the list – Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt. But luckily Daddy took Little Miss to the library that afternoon so we now have a new stash after all. That said the Peppa Pig book, an Easter present, has by far been the most read of the bunch. In fact it’s been a bit of a Peppa week, with Little Miss also wanting the Baby Alexander book every night before bed, despite our (failed) efforts to try and add a bit of variety!

Of the other books read (see pic below) Alfie’s Feet, by Shirley Hugheswas always going to be a big hit as it’s about one of Little Miss’s favourite things – footwear and especially new wellies! She was also already familiar with the characters of Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose. I too have a soft spot for them as I remember them from my own childhood – the first book was published way back in 1981 when I was a two-year-old! The stories are always very endearing, covering traditional childhood fun and scenarios that are easy for little people to recognise and enjoy.

If you’re also a fan of Alfie then I came across a great page of printable Alfie resources on the official website. Some are aimed at slightly older children than Little Miss but I’m sure she’d enjoy the colouring page.

So with six new books added to the list this week, our current total is now 169 different books read since the start of the year.

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300 Picture Books Challenge #15

This week has been a bit of a bumper one compared to others of late, thanks to eagle-eyed hubby spotting a library sale near his work and picking up seven fab books for the bargain price of 70p – yep, just 10p each! Little Miss has enjoyed all of the new arrivals he snapped up but we were both especially delighted with Elmer’s Special Day. She loves animal stories and all of the Elmer books are so bright and beautifully illustrated they are a joy to look at.

Mr Large in Charge was also an amusing read, especially for mums. The lead character is, like Elmer, another elephant but this one takes over the running of the house and looking after the four Large children while his wife, Mrs Large, is ill and trying to rest in bed. The Sunday Times described it as an ‘insightful snapshot of parenthood’ and I’m sure many will recognise some of the scenarios encountered by the well-meaning Mr Large and his four boisterous offspring!

We’ve also enjoyed another Ladybird Tales classic story, The Enormous Turnip, from the fantastic mini library Little Miss got for her birthday. We’ve still got another 22 books in the set to go so plenty to keep us occupied!

So with eight new books added to the list this week, our current total is now 163 different books read since the start of the year.

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300 Picture Books Challenge Week 15

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