16 March 2018

Seven super books for tiny toddlers

Recently I was asked what nursery rhymes I sing to my twins and I was flummoxed. Do I come clean? Or do I pretend to know every single verse of, um, Humpty Dumpty? The truth is, my boys get absolutely zero baby songs from mama. Inappropriate gangster rap with questionable lyrics, on the other hand? I'm afraid so. It's little wonder that they prefer story time to singing time. So when we're not "enjoying" a rousing rendition of No Diggity, these are the current books getting lots of smiles from my tiny toddlers.

SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN by Chris Haughton
B E A U T I F U L drawings with a stunning colour scheme, these naughty little bird catchers could be taught a thing or two by the tiniest guy in their gang. After a few reads you'll find it impossible not to say "hello birdy" every time you spot one. Available here.

THE FOX AND THE STAR by Coralie Bickford-Smith
Another flawless picture book with just the loveliest message. My boys could stare at the fox pictures for actual minutes, which really is saying something. Available here.

I AM BAT by Morag Hood
Bat likes cherries so, for the love of all things good, don't go stealing them from him! This is a real gem (thank you Mr and Mrs B!) which makes all of us chuckle. See also Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea by the same author for more merry making. Available here.

A classic which, worryingly, pretty much sums up my own weekend regime. On Saturday the caterpillar munches his way through cake, salami, pie and more before major regrets and a lettuce leaf on Sunday. (Though I usually save the lettuce til Monday. Or Tuesday. Or, you know, never). Available here.

My husband had this when he was little and seeing him enjoying it all over again with our guys now is a joy. You've got to feel sorry for poor old Bernard, though. Available here.

BLOWN AWAY by Rob Biddulph
Penguin Blue goes on a great adventure! This is plenty of fun with lovely illustrations. (Thanks to my bro- and sis-in-law for the tome). Available here.

This one really helps with developing those early descriptive words and I love the jaunty old bear who takes centre stage. Available here.


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