September 30, 2016

Favourite Books | Age: Two Years Ten Months

A couple of weeks ago now I shared a post titled 'Favourite Learning Resources', and in that post I shared a number of activities that I use to help my son learn, build knowledge and develop certain skills. I briefly touched upon reading with your child, and a few of the non fiction books we use to aid learning, however I knew I wanted to follow up that post with a more detailed list of books that we enjoy - learning and otherwise.

I'm very passionate about books in general, and I'm an advocate of reading with your children from very early on in life, and in turn I've created a bookworm child. We read on a daily basis, often initiated by Alexander, and we also make weekly trips to library. Alexander is very much into books now, and of course this may change when he is older, but one thing is for sure, and that is that I will continue to encourage reading as a fun but valuable part of our days.

Starting off with an electronic reader, Alexander has Violet (a LeapFrog LeapReader) and a couple of books, with his favourite being Animals Around The World. I wasn't entirely sold on the idea of electronic readers for children, however Alexander received it as a gift and absolutely loves it. You download the audio on to the reader and the child taps it on various parts of the book and it reads, sings, and also plays music. I think a reader of this nature would be really great for when a child is just getting started with reading, or if you have a reluctant reader on your hands as it adds an extra element of fun to the activity of reading. It is worth noting though that the books for this particular electronic reader are kind of pricey, and that's why Alexander only has a few books with his.

Of all the books featured in this list, these would be our newest of the bunch, however we have had them for a good while now. Alexander loves Thomas - honestly, I don't stop hearing about Thomas, whether it be the theme song, character sayings, episodes and stories he remembers, I'm all Thomas-ed out. This series of Thomas books features a different focal character within each one, and tells the story of an adventure they have; basically an episode in a book, although not any actual episode retellings. We have five of them now, with Harold being one of the most read by us. They recently came out with some seasonal stories in the collection, and I'll likely be getting them soon.

Alexander is very much a dinosaur fanatic, and we have a good number of books that feature dinosaurs, however our most read dinosaur related book is definitely Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow. The book is a counting book, with the numbers being in reverse order, so counting from 10 to 1, with a dinosaur going missing on each page - there is a happy ending however, with mummy dinosaur coming to the rescue! There is a good mix of dinosaurs featured within the book, and it's the kind of book you can be quite expressive with. The author has a collection of 'Ten Little' books, including Ten Little Princesses, Ten Little Pirates, Ten Little Monsters, and soon to be joined by Ten Little Elves.

Another set of dinosaur books that we read on a regular basis are The Dinosaur That Pooped collection - The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed (Alexander's favourite), The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past, The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas and The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot. These books follow Danny and his friend/pet Dinosaur as they get up to mischief that typically involves Dinosaur eating things he shouldn't and then needing to POO! I'm sure you can imagine these kinds of books are a great delight to a cheeky little toddler.

I think it's safe to say that somewhere in your child's book collection there is a Julia Donaldson book, at least one! We have a good number of her books in our household, with The Gruffalo, Zog and Monkey Puzzle being Alexander's favourites. In particular he loves Monkey Puzzle, a book about a baby monkey who has lost his mum in the jungle, and with the help of a butterfly, is reunited with her. It's a fun read, with lots of rhyming, repetition, humour, and eye catching illustrations. Alexander now reads along with me when we pick up Monkey Puzzle.

This last selection of books I'm sharing are books that we've read and enjoyed from a very young age, and in most cases they were some of the first real books read to Alexander. Guess How Much I Love You, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and We're Going On A Bear Hunt are books that have stood the test of time, and are staple books in any child's collection - they'd work well as the foundations of a budding bookworms collection.

As well as sharing a bunch of our favourite titles, I also wanted to share a few of the places we acquire books from. We are a one income family, and so we aren't exactly frivolous with our money, but even on a budget you can build a book collection for your little one and reap the benefits of books and reading.

As I mentioned above, we make weekly trips to the library, typically taking out 3 or 4 books at a time, and returning them the following week. Even if you aren't able to make a weekly trip to your local library, most libraries allow you to borrow 5-10 books on a child's card at any one time, and have at least a three week borrowing period.

I think Amazon is a go to for many people when it comes to buying books, with such competitive prices, but they also often have really great deals on a wide selection of children's book - a three for £10 deal is often available.

With both online and physical stores, The Works is easily accessible for nearly all of us. Although you won't find too many newly released books there, The Works offer some great titles at super reasonable prices. I recently purchased ten books for toddler at the cost of just £10 - bargain!

The last place I'm sharing is probably my most favourite, and that's The Book People. I purchase a large number of books from The Book People (I've spent that much that I'm now a VIP member - oops!), both my son's and my own. The Book People are really well priced, even for newer releases, and they have some great collections, especially in the children's department. As well as having an online store, The Book People are travelling booksellers and visit a number of workplaces throughout the UK.




  1. I think that if a child learns to love reading (at an early age), (s)he will love it for ever. :)
    The book tips are very interesting.
    We read everything, even (Carl Barks) comic strips, my husband interpreting the male roles and I the female ones. My favourite character was Magica De Spell. :)
    Happy weekend! xx

    1. I think that's quite true, Sara. Ah, thank you for sharing that little anecdote - sounds fun! :-)

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Books open up adventures for little folks!

  3. Reading through some of these took me right back to my childhood, especially the Thomas the Tank Engine one. That was one of the things that my Mum used to read to me when I was a kid, though the one you've got is probably a more updated and newer version as I'm 26 now! :D I still really enjoy picture books though, the illustrations are what interest me now and I think getting kids to read from a young age is great, it sets their minds up to explore and imagine. Also, The Works is great for books as they're so affordable. I've got a few form there for a£1.00 before just for the pictures inside to do some craft projects / mood boarding with, so yes, love The Works. Thanks for the kind comments on my last post too! - Tasha

    1. Haha - we have some recent Thomas books, but we do also have the original book collection in a nice box set, although we don't read those ones too much at the moment... I think we will when Alexander is a bit older.

      I see why illustrations in picture books interest you - there are some truly beautiful picture books out there!

      I'm such an advocate of reading with children from young. Of course there are a bunch of learning benefits, but the creativity and imagination aspects are really quite important too, as you say.

      The Works is great for books!

      Thanks for stopping by, Tasha, and sharing your childhood book memories :-)

  4. It's by a different author, but we have a Ten Playful Penguins book which sounds a lot like your Ten Little Dinosaurs and it's such a cute way to do a counting book. The Dinosaur That Pooped books sound so silly and fun. And I've heard of The Gruffalo, but haven't read anything by that author yet -- I'll have to check her out!

    And reading this post I realize how completely and utterly spoiled I am by our library -- we have a 4 week lending period (except for brand new releases which are 2 weeks), and there is no actual limit to how many books we can check out. I have a bad habit of just taking out more books (especially picture books) every time we go even if I haven't returned anything yet! I keep hearing that the more books circulate the better since libraries WANT books to be checked out to justify having them in the first place, so I guess I shouldn't feel too bad, but still, I feel spoiled!

    1. Counting books are great, especially when they're made fun with animals and such - the penguin one sounds fun! Haha - yes, The Dinosaur That Pooped books are a lot of un for a toddler, as you can imagine! Julia Donaldson's writing is great - very much a childhood classic here in the UK.

      No limit on books?! Whaaaat?! Haha. I think it's probably better that there is a limit because I'd have far too many books out! That's a very justifiable way of thinking regarding the borrowing. Hehe.


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