Books have a special place in our house. Both Miss H and Master T love a bedtime story and always have done. Even though one is a very proficient little reader, there is nothing quite like snuggling up together at bedtime and sharing the pages of a good book. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I love the worlds they open up to my children.
As a result of my love of books, they get free reign at the book store. I find it hard to say ‘no’ to anything they want to be reading!
Some of their favourite picks are the Usborne ‘Look inside’ books. They love seeing what’s under each flap.. and I like that you can spend a lot.. or a little.. time on each page depending on how tired they are (or Mum or Dad for that matter).
Hiding underneath the stack below is a lifecycle book. This one is about chickens.. but we also have bees, frogs, butterflies.. the list goes on. My parents keep bees as a hobby, so I find books like this add a new level of interest and it always amazes me what little sponges they are remembering all the information.
‘150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids’ is a a book that I turn to quite a bit.. especially on weekends when there are no play dates, birthday parties or school events to run off to. It has has some great ideas in it for at-home activities and most of them don’t take too much preparation. I still struggle with ‘mess’ sometimes.. but I find I’m much better emotionally if I’ve thought ahead and have a dedicated messy-zone for paint etc!
You might have guessed that a lot of the books I choose have an underlying educational theme – I also try to choose books that open their eyes and minds to other people’s lives. One of those is ‘Good People Everywhere’ as it shows how valuable everyone’s contribution is to a community, no matter what your job is. Did I mention that it’s a beautiful book to look at as well?
One we picked up from the bookstore is ‘A Patch from Scratch’ – made even more special as they had signed copies to choose from! I dream about the day when we can have chickens roaming around and vegies growing out the back. This book is about a family who went back to basics, and it’s all told through the eyes of a child.
And here is Master T’s choice.. a typical 3-year-old boy, he will go for anything with an emergency theme!
Miss H chose this one.. she’s up to chapter books, but still enjoys a shorter one at bedtime if she’s tired. It’s a lovely story of a little girl who helps her mum get ready for a party (after her exhausted mum falls asleep putting her down for her afternoon nap).
I must admit I had tears in my eyes at the end.. it’s exactly what my little girl would have done too.
And here’s what I’ve been flicking through the pages of! Angel Adoree’s Vintage Tea Party books are divine. So much inspiration. It’s heaven on a beautifully-styled cake plate.