It all starts with being read to as a baby, sharing the colourful pictures and filling their little brains with the magic of stories. It may seem silly at first but as a teacher, I can tell you that reading to your child will be the greatest gift you can ever give them.
I love books, our house is full of them and we read every single day. My children see me read and they now have a love of books and will read to themselves too. Whether that be Gracie reading Roald Dahl or Wills babbling away looking at his board books – they love it and it is fostering their imagination and language development every step of the way. Real Mum Reviews has written a great post explaining the benefits of reading, a great read!
I often see bloggers sharing book reviews or reading lists and so I thought it would be a great idea to round them all up to give you a handy list! So if you are ever stuck for a gift idea or want to top up your book collection, you can come back and choose one that comes recommended by other parents.
Molly’s Magic Wardrobe review from Boo Roo and Tigger Too
Interstellar Cinderella review from Odd Socks & Lollipops
Max and Bird review from The Mum Diaries
Disney Animal World books review from Plutonium Sox
The Children’s Meditations In My Heart review from Hodge Podge Days
Best for babies
Best books for babies and toddlers from The Ladybirds’ Adventures
20 board books for babies and toddlers from Little Fish Blog
Top 10 interactive board books from Cardiff Mummy Says
Best for toddlers
A great selection from Rainy Day Mum
Top 10 for little ones from Mummy Alarm
11 Classics for toddlers from Cardiff Mummy Says
Must have books for your toddler from Hello Archie
Top 5 books from Winging It With Two Boys
Best books in 2018 from Me Him The Dog and a Baby
Best for older toddlers
Best books for older toddlers Thimble & Twig
Best bedtime stories for older toddlers from Plutonium Sox
Books for an 18 month old Devon Mama
Books for a 2 year old from Devon Mama
20 dinosaur books from The Inspiration Edit
Top 10 books for LGBT families from Lesbemums
5 books about weddings from Hodge Podge Days
Birthday books countdown idea from Here Come The Girls
Using books for play
Pondering Parenthood has some amazing posts around using books to inspire play.
This photo from Quite Frankly She Said shows off her little ones reading The Little Boy Who Lost His Name. But what struck me was the caption – she tells us that if you read with your child every day, by the time they reach their third birthday you will have read over 1,000 stories together. Isn’t that amazing?
If you have any books you love, please do share them in the comments below!
Next month I will be taking a look at making meal times fun for little ones. Do get in touch via email ([email protected]) if you have a post you’d like to share.