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300 Picture Books Challenge update

It’s more than a month since I posted on our reading progress. When I last did our new Little Mister was still a rather large and uncomfortable bump! I’m finding it hard to keep up the blog with a new baby in the house but thankfully reading books with Little Miss is much easier. “Read it Mummy” is one of her most uttered phrases and it’s been a handy way of keeping her occupied when I’m breast feeding. I have even managed to make it out to the library with both children on two occasions! Today’s visit saw me attract a mini crowd of listening toddlers as I read Mr Tumble’s Hide and Seek out loud – the other mums really should pay me for my services!

300 Picture Books Challenge update

Anyway, the list of books we’ve read this year has continued to grow despite the huge changes and sleepless nights of the last few weeks. When I last wrote we were on week 25. I’ve no idea what week we’re on now, somewhere in the early thirties I assume, it’s all a bit of a blur at the moment! Either way at last count we’d added 11 new titles – and re-read countless old ones – taking our tally up to 234 different books read so far this year.

I’m starting to think I should also keep a list of books damaged this year! We’ve had three moments of toddler recklessness in the last week alone. Little Miss tends to save her destructive tendencies for library books rather than her own. You could say this is quite smart – why mess up your own reading material when you can have the pleasure of ripping up someone else’s?! Let’s just say I’m becoming a dab hand at repair jobs. I think the latest streak may be bad behavior brought on by the frustration of her new little brother arriving and stealing some of her limelight – the last of the book victims was a black and white first baby book we’d dug out for him.

Easily the favourite book of the last month, and one that’s still going strong, is Superworm by Julia Donaldson. Regular readers of this blog will know how well her books go down in our house and this one is no exception. We’ve read it so many times now that Little Miss can recite whole chunks of it. It’s one of those books that is great fun to read out loud.

Cinderella also has to have a mention. Not because Little Miss liked the story that much. More because she developed a strange obsession with taking the book to bed with her every night for weeks on end. She called it her ‘incerella book’ and would cuddle up to it along with her usual bedtime ensemble of ‘Dolly’, ‘Other Dolly’, Giraffe, Rabbit, Upsy Daisy, Puppy and Mouse Blanket. We decided to wean her off the new addition to the line up after finding little teeth marks all round the edge of the book. I love books but nibbling a hardback for comfort can’t be that good for you!

I for one need no help getting to sleep at the moment and on that note had better wrap things up for the night and get a bit of shut eye before a certain hungry baby comes calling in the early hours.

Don’t forget you can always see what we’ve been reading and follow our latest progress on our 300 Picture Books Challenge Pinterest board.

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300 Picture Book Challenge #1

I’ve started the year with a few resolutions and plans to join with in some of the fab new linkys that have just launched. Reading has always been a great love of mine and now I’m the proud owner of my own little (rapidly growing) baby bookworm. So we’re really excited about joining in with the 300 Picture Book Challenge.

Some of my best moments of the day are when Little Miss announces ‘book, book’, toddles over to her book basket and brings something back to me. She’ll then say ‘knee, knee’ which is where she she likes to sit for her stories. It’s a chance to have a sneaky snuggle while doing something we both enjoy. More often than not she’ll keep bringing me more books. I think our record in one sitting was ten (but that was before the challenge started so won’t help our total!).

It’s been lovely to start keeping a record of what we’re reading together and will be interesting to look back on at the end of the year. You can follow our progress here on Pinterest.

Week 1 of 300 Picture Books Challenge 2014

In our first week we have got through 29 books. My personal favourite was The Hungry Caterpillar, a classic from my own childhood.

Most of these were ones we already had at home, some were Christmas presents and eight were library books. We are rapidly exhausting our current supply though – I hadn’t realised how often we were repeating some of the favourites! We’ve got a Christmas book token to spend, so that’ll help, and we’re due another visit to the library (I’ve previously posted about how the library can be a lifesaver for new mums, you can read that here). Overall, though, I’ve really enjoyed the first week of the challenge and look forward to discovering more great books in the coming weeks.

You can 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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