Children's books

Children’s books we’ve loved in October

November 13, 2017

Last month we read a lot of books about autumn and Halloween. I shared 7 inspiring autumn children’s books and 7 Halloween books for young children. We discovered the Winnie the witch series in October. As well as reading a couple from the library, we were excited to find a few in our holiday cottage too over half term. Winnie’s amazing pumpkin was our favourite. In this book, we discover just how much Winnie enjoys eating pumpkins but also how much of a struggle it is for her to fly them back from the market each week/ Winnie comes up with a plan to grow her own. When they are slow to grow she resorts to magic and as you can imagine the spell goes wrong. What will Winnie do with the ginormous pumpkin? I won’t spoil it for you but this is a lovely book that F adores.

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E is 16 months and doesn’t sit still for long so reading can be a challenge. Last week I shared some of our favourite books and ways to keep her engaged.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s dairy, Lynley Dodd

We love this series of books in our house and this board book is a great introduction to the collection. The illustrations are lovely and we love the rhythm and rhyme to the text. It’s the perfect length for little ones too. Find it on Amazon here.

F continues to love books and school. She brings home new school books twice a week and we had a Saturday morning trip to the library in the middle of the month. Some of her other favourites this month were:

 

Poppy’s Tail, Cate Douglas *

This is a gorgeous book about a little girl who dreams of having a tail for all the world to see. She imagines all the different possibilities for what her tail could be like and also what she could use it for (like a scarf or for giving hugs). The illustrations are simple and colourful. This book really captures my 4-year-olds imagination and gets her thinking about which is her favourite tail (the rainbow coloured one) and what she would do if she had one. It can be purchased from Amazon.

Romeo explores the city, Alan Grée *

This is a lovely little book for toddlers and preschool age children. I love Alan Grée books. The illustrations take me back to my childhood with their lovely nostalgic feel. This book is a short book that is perfect for preschool age children. Each page briefly describes a place or item and the child has the chance to guess what is being described. This book is great for language development in young children. It’s also a great introduction to Romeo who also features in the next book too. Available from Amazon.

Romeo’s big book of clever ideas, Alain Grée *

Another gorgeous book by Alain Grée. This one is full of lovely illustrations with a vintage feel (it was written in the 1960s). I would say this book is suitable from 4 years as it would be a bit long for younger children. The story is about Romeo the dog trying to find a way to take his very heavy suitcase camping. He comes up with lots of ingenious solutions but none of them works. in the end, he camps in his backyard.  We love all his ideas for different ways to move the case. It teaches children about engineering, problem-solving and persistence whilst they are laughing at his unsuccessful attempts. As well as reading the delightful story, there are lots of opportunities to discuss Romeo’s ideas and what he could have done better. This was our first introduction to Romeo but my 4 year old already loves this charming character. Available from Amazon.

The something, Rebecca Cobb

We were sent this book by lovemybooks.co.uk to use to try out some of their The something related activities for their October newsletter. F still enjoys this book. It’s a great book for encouraging imaginative thinking in young children. A boy loses his ball down a hole but who lives down there?

Available through Amazon.

Life on earth: Farm

F picked this one out in the library a few weeks back. And what a great choice it was too. With 100 questions and 70 lift the flaps, we are still making our way through this gorgeous book. It’s perfect for dipping in and out of with kids who love farms. Available to buy through Amazon.

Press here, Herve Tullet

This is a fantastic interactive book. I’ve never seen one quite like it. Each page asks the child to do an action which when you turn the page results in the dots changing in some way. From changing colour or moving around etc. F loves this book so much.

Available through Amazon.

So that’s what we’ve been reading in October. What about you? What are you currently enjoying?

Disclosure – Books marked with a * were sent to us to review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. All the other books mentioned are either library books or from our own collection.

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  1. I love finding new books to read with the boys. We’ve found some brilliant ones at the library today, but there is always room for more stories. Thanks for the recommendations.

  2. Such wonderful books. We are big fans of Hairy Maclary, such fun books! We have just got the latest Judith Kerr book and it is beautiful. It would be a good one for your collection 🙂

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