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Favourite books for nursery aged children

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There are so many books to choose from, do you choose ones with flaps, ones with feely pages, ones that rhyme, ones with numbers??? The list goes on and on!

The very Hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle


Children love the predictability of this book; they enjoy helping the adult to read the story by naming all the various items the caterpillar eats and turning the pages with the tiny hole. Even really young children enjoy this book and are learning about the amazing world we live in and the life cycle of a butterfly not to mention counting skills. You can extend the story in so many ways: Go outside and find real butterflies, you can buy a “butterfly garden” and grow your own butterflies. Try all the different fruit and food that the caterpillar eats, particularly useful to encourage children to try new food. Definitely a must have book.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


Another favourite for younger children they can lift the flaps and guess the animals hiding behind them.

The Gruffalo, or anything by Julia Donaldson


The rhyming in these books is brilliant, children adore them. These books are fun, entertaining, colourful, clever and totally engaging. From a parent’s point of view I love reading them and can happily read them over and over again. This is not the case with many other children’s stories whereby I inwardly sigh when my children ask me to read a particular one for the 10th time!! Other titles include: “A Squash and a Squeeze” “Room on the Broom” “Smartest Giant in Town” and “Tiddler”. Really fantastic books.

That’s not my………. By Osbourne books


These are great for younger children, they can touch and feel the books and guess what’s coming next. They have bright colourful pictures. These books help develop language and sensory skills. They are hard board books so the children can turn the pages themselves.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg


A wonderful story that children will love when they are young and continue you to well in to school years. Great fun to spot the characters; talk about rhyming words and favourite fairy stories.

Tips for story reading

Read in different places: the garden, the park, make a den, under the covers, under the table or in the dark with a torch.

Practice wild and wacky voices, children don’t judge they love it! Let out your inner child.

Provide props or make story sacks, find small toys animals from the story, or different sized bears, buy the fruit to try or make a rocket from a cardboard box.

Use puppets.

Notice what authors your children really like; they will also have a preference for a style of writing.

Buy information books about your child’s favourite subject and look things up together. “Google it” is not always the answer!!

Make it part of your everyday routine, or weekend routine, take a book with you to a restaurant or park.

Find books, places and authors you can enjoy together if you enjoy reading your child will too.

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