As you can see by my blog title and the quoted proverb I have a purpose for this blog. Words are so important they can build up or tear down. They can encourage and they can hurt. I want this blog to be a place where words sing to your heart, by which they may lighten your load, share a burden or make you smile.
But the good things that words can deliver are not just via our mouths or our blogs. Books are an important part of my life and I have always wanted to share my passion for reading with my children and with others. Thankfully both my kids have developed my book addiction!
My 7 year old is currently enthralled with Geronimo Stilton, Zac Power and history books especially Ancient Egypt and Mythology and my 5 year old loves her fairy tales. At the moment, as a summer holiday treat we are reading together Pippi Longstocking (illustrated by the fabulously creative Lauren Childs). It was one of those books, along with Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series, that I was just busting to introduce the kids to when they were ready.
Back to the title. You may have picked another influence in my choice of name. Some of you may be familiar with Gladys Hunt’s Honey for A Child’s Heart. A wonderful book that offers encouragement, direction, book lists and ideas for reading to your kids. Incidentally, that book has always helped me remember the proverb.
Choosing good books is important. Books are not just another toy, books can nourish, amuse, puzzle, startle, delight, sadden or anger us. They give us experiences and adventures we would otherwise miss out on. We can climb mountains, meet a princess, fight a battle or fly to outer space.
Children's books also provide us with fabulous teaching opportunities. I love nothing better than to hear my children asking why a character made a particular choice or acted in a certain way. Books are a great conversation starter for us to talk about the big and the not so big things in life.
Over a series of posts I thought that I would share some of our family’s favourite books – those you simply can’t leave childhood without. The lists themselves will be available within the post and also as a separate printable.
What are some of your family favourites for littlies?
I have broken my book lists into categories based on age, but you will find some books in more than one category.
O-3 years (Download PDF Here )
- Peepo (available as a board book) by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
- Time for Bed by Mem Fox
- Boy With a Drum (A Little Golden Book) by David Lee Harrison, Eloise Wilkin (Illustrator)
- Where’s Spot (series) by Eric Hill
- Maisy Goes To Preschool (series) by Lucy Cousins
- Bumping and Bouncing by Alison Lester
- Rainbow Frogs by Melissa Tyrell
- Eloise Wilkin’s Mother Goose (or any nursery rhyme book)
- Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- I Howl I Growl by Marcia Vaughan, Polly Powell (Illustrator)
- Always Near Me by Susie Poole
- All These Things by Susie Poole
- You are Very Special by Susie Poole
- There Is a Time For Everything by Susie Poole
- Getting Ready for Christmas by Jesslyn DeBoer
- Are you my Mother? by PD Eastman
- Grug (series) by Ted Prior
- Guess What I Have!: A Flip-The-Flap Rhyme Book by Richard Powell, Ana Martin Larranaga (Illustrator)
- The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker
- The Easter Story by Tracy Harrast
- The Early Readers Bible by V Gilbert Beers
- The Rainy Day by Anna Milbourne
- Mr McGee goes to Sea by Pamela Allen
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Alexander’s Outing by Pamela Allen
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
- Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen
- Doger by Shirley Hughes