Despite the cold snowy weather and schools being closed I think it is really important to celebrate World Book Day. It is a great occasion to encourage reading and a chance to celebrate all the wonderful books that are out there for us to access. I really enjoying reading to my little one, who has already started to develop a great relationship with books. We read a whole range of books and enjoy our trips to the local library. One of our favourite books is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We also really enjoy reading a series of books by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. The illustrations are great and they are brilliant for teaching about the various modes of transport and what they are used for. The series of books includes such as Terrific Trains, Roaring Rockets, Dazzling Diggers, Brilliant Boats, Tough Trucks and more. Another one of our regular reads is Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg which is a childhood favourite of my own.
Whilst thinking about our favourite books I also took the opportunity to ask to some other Berkshire parents about what they read with their children. Dawn Barnes who runs her business Dawn Barnes – Time to Shine say that her family are big book fans and her eldest absolutely loves reading and has so many favourites, both fictional and factual. One of their favourite factual books at the moment is Freaky Facts by Nick Bryant. One of the reasons the family enjoys this book is they are always learning some new facts, which naturally gets her older son to ask further questions about what he has read. Dawn also finds that its a great book to extend vocabulary and learning with lots of uncommon words.
Photo of Dawn and her son reading Freaky Facts by Nick Bryant.
Berkshire Mummy, Hannah Brewer and owner of Little Muddy Boots said her children adore books and reading and their favourite books when asked were Stick Man by Julie Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl.
Berkshire Daddy and organiser of Who Let the Dad’s Out, Bracknell, Darren Teverson, enjoys reading to his daughter and continues to read I love my Daddy by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd to his young daughter. This was the first book Darren bought for his daughter and he would read it to ‘bump’ every night. Two of Darren and his families other favourite books are The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, by Julie Tomlinson. Darren’s parents read this book to him as a child and it is now a regular favourite in his household. His daughter is now very keen on owls as a result. The other favourite in the Teverson household is I’m the Best, by Lucy Cousins. The book tells a story of Dog and his determination for him to be better than his friends at everything which leads him to show off in front of them. That is, however, until his friends show him they are better than he is at some things too. Darren believes the book teaches good morals about friendship and competition.
What do you enjoy reading with your family? Please share below and tell us why you enjoy the book you’ve recommended.
*I was not paid to write this post and thought it would be nice to share some favourite books from some Berkshire parents to celebrate World Book Day. This blog post was not written in conjunction with any of the authors, illustrators or World Book Day. Click here to view the Berkshire Mummies disclaimer.*