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300 Picture Books Challenge #10

This week’s crop of books has included three titles related to milestones coming up in Little Miss’s life.

Princess Polly’s Potty was bought a few weeks ago now – along with a potty, training toilet seat, step and a book on Potty Training Girls… The Easy Way for me! We’re not in an enormous hurry with toilet training but as she’s started showing much more interest and awareness of these matters we thought we may as well start to introduce the concept. At the moment she’s happy to sit on the potty and even happier to use it as a portable step to get to things that were previously out of reach! And she loves reading the book, which gives a round of applause when you press the button. Hopefully some of it is starting to sink in too!

The other more exciting milestone coming up is her second birthday at the end of the month. We’ve already been trying to teach her how to blow, with the help of the Huff and Puff book from week 8, so she can do the candles on her cake. And with cake and birthday parties in mind I also found Spot Bakes a Cake and Party Time with Littlebob and Plum in the library. It’s just under two weeks away now and I’m already feeling quite excited, having ordered her main presents today!

We’re having a small party with family, a few friends and all her little cousins, who she loves very much. There are three girls in the family born in the space of seven months, with Little Miss the youngest, and then she has another three older cousins. She really enjoys getting together with them. No doubt they will all be very busy and hectic on the day but given her favourite book this week seemed to be Too Noisy! I’m sure she won’t mind at all!

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So with five new books added to the list, our number of different books read so far this year is now 135.

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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300 Picture Books Challenge #9

Another library visit has meant a decent new crop of books this week and I’m somewhat relieved to report that I’m Not Sleepy (first seen all the way back in Week 2 of the challenge!) has finally been abandoned as the bedtime book of choice. Think I’d better sneak that one back while it’s out of favour as it’s looking decidedly more dog-eared than when we first borrowed it!

So with nine new books added to the list, our number of different books read so far this year is now a nice round 130.

300 Picture Books Challenge Week 9

This week’s favourites have been Fidgety Fish and Friends, Caterpillar Dreams and Greedy Goat – the last two mainly because she likes saying the names of those particular animals!

We also had fun celebrating World Book Day yesterday. In case you missed it, check out how cute Little Miss looks in her Little Miss Sunshine outfit!

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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Celebrating World Book Day

Hooray, it’s World Book Day! I love the fact that children all over the country are celebrating their favourite books today. As regular readers of this blog will know, I think it’s so important to encourage kids to enjoy reading from an early age. We decided to get in the spirit of things by making our own Baby Bookworm a little outfit … So I’m very proud to present Little Miss as Little Miss Sunshine! Thanks to Book Aid International for their fantastic and easy step-by-step guide to making the costume and to hubby for being such a big help making it last night – who needs date night?!

Little Miss on World Book Day 2014

Our Little Miss Sunshine

If you’re also getting involved in World Book Day then I hope you’re having fun! And if you’re raising money for Book Aid International I hope it’s going really well. This special charity sends more than 500,000 books a year to communities in Africa where reading cannot be taken for granted. More than half of these are for children. You can read more about their work in my previous post or if, like us, you’d like to make a donation to mark World Book Day please click hereFor every £2 donated they can send a new book to one of the poorest communities in the world.

And I had to make this our Magic Moment for the week as I just love the picture!

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300 Picture Books Challenge #8

We had a quick library visit on Saturday so have had a nice new crop of books to read this week. To be honest, it was more of a dash and grab before our parking ran out so I was pleasantly surprised to still bring home a decent selection!

300 Picture Books Challenge week 8The stand-out favourites have been Roar!, great for going on an armchair safari and learning all the animals’ names, Mr Davies and the Baby, the new bedtime book of choice about a little dog, and Huff & Puff, a simple modern take on the classic Three Little Pigs fairy tale. This last book is proving very practical as well – it encourages young readers to try and blow each house down, which is useful for us as we’re currently trying to teach Little Miss how to blow properly so she can do the candles on her birthday cake next month!

So with eight new books now added to the list, our number of different books read so far this year is now 121.

World Book Day logoThis week also saw Little Miss bring home her World Book Day £1 book token from nursery, so there will definitely be something new in the house for next week. At the moment I can’t decide which title to get. The two-year-old’s options are Hello, Hugless Douglas! (and we love that cuddly bear!) or Emily Gravett’s Little Book Day Parade. We’ll have to have a flick through to see which we like best.

Mr Men dress upTalking about World Book Day, if you missed last week’s post on supporting Book Aid International please do have a read. This special charity will be trying to raise as much as possible on World Book Day so that they can send more books to children in Africa who really need them. There are lots of fun ways you can get involved, including some fantastic fancy dress ideas, so please do take a look – we’re hoping to make the Little Miss Sunshine outfit!

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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300 Picture Book Challenge #7

We’ve spent much of this week re-reading last week’s new books, so only five fresh titles to report on. By far the favourite has been the classic fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a story I also loved as a child. Little Miss especially likes it when we do funny voices for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear – although since I’ve now caught her latest cough, this is proving increasingly difficult!

Out of interest, I just decided to Google the origins of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and apparently the first printed versions of it date all the way back to the 1830s and spoken folklore versions even further than that. In the earliest incarnations the ‘intruder’ character of Goldilocks was actually an old women with a completely different name! The story evolved over the years until by 1904 the nosy little girl was named Goldilocks and had settled into the version we still know and love today.
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For it’s beautiful and bold illustrations, with shiny silver bits and sparkle, Sometimes by Emma Dodd was also a highlight for me this week – and Little Miss was keen too, although I suspect  the elephants were the deciding factor for her. The author and illustrator grew up in a family of artists and studied at famous London art college Central Saint Martin’s. You can tell, the book is pretty much a work of art.

So that’s us for this week. Our running total is now 113. But before you go, if you missed my post on supporting Book Aid International this forthcoming World Book Day please do have a read. This special charity sends more than 500,000 books a year to communities in Africa where reading cannot be taken for granted. More than half of these are for children. There are lots of fun ways you can support them, so please do take a look.

You can follow our daily reading progress on Pinterest and 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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