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300 Picture Book Challenge #5

It’s been a quieter week in terms of new books, with last week’s batch from the library remaining firm favourites that we’ve read on repeat, especially Owl Babies, Bear Hunt and, most popular of all, Hairy Maclary.

300 Picture Book Challenge Week 5 books readWe’ve added seven new titles to the list. Four of those were Dora the Explorer books that Little Miss was given as a present. These are quite good for getting your child talking and interacting with the stories, although I wasn’t that impressed that the trip to the dentist one included Dora having a filling – surely we should be teaching kids to take good care of their teeth in the first place!

By far the best new book we’ve read this week was Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (who I found out tonight is also the creator of Purple Ronnie!). It’s a fantastic, rhyming jungle story that’s great for reading out loud, beautifully illustrated and has a lovely touching message that gives me a lump in my throat! Gerald the gangly giraffe dreads the annual Jungle Dance because, well, everybody knows giraffes can’t dance… or can they? The moral of the story is that we are all different and just need to find ‘the right music’ to show off our unique talents.

With seven new books read this week, our running total so far is now 96 books… so hopefully by next week we’ll have reached our first 100. I’m amazed at how many we’ve got through already. We’ve always read a lot but taking part in the 300 Picture Book Challenge is definitely helping to boost the variety, which can only be a good thing.

You can follow our daily reading progress here on Pinterest.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading this week.

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

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300 Picture Book Challenge#4

A couple of bumper trips to the library gave our efforts a bit of a boost this week. While Little Miss would probably be quite happy to read the same things over and over again, taking part in the 300 Picture Book Challenge has made our reading life a lot more interesting for me! I’m sure the added variety will be great for her in the long run too.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve read this week… there were 20 new titles in total, taking our progress so far to 89 books.

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Our top three reads this week have been:

Happy! (A Little Zeb Book) Happy! book

I had to pick this when I spotted it in the library, ‘appy’ is something Little Miss has been saying a lot lately (see my latest Word of the Week post). It’s a lovely, brightly illustrated story about a baby zebra who finds a joyful new playmate.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy book

Billed as a ‘classic’, I’ve been keen to find out what this was all about for a while now. The simple, rhyming story sees Hairy Maclary head out for a walk, joined by doggy friends of all shapes and sizes. Little Miss greeted it with much excitement. She loved looking at the different doggies and saying ‘woof, woof!’ We both found it very entertaining and Little Miss insisted on taking it up to bed with her for her afternoon nap – a sure sign of approval.

The Mouse and the Apple The Mouse and the Apple book

I loved the message behind this story… that good things come to those who wait. It features lots of animals, nice bright pictures and a very patient little mouse. Hopefully Little Miss will follow his lead! 

You can follow our daily reading progress here on Pinterest.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading this week.

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

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