I’m renowned as a book nerd by those that know me best. I Read A Lot is a semi-regular feature on the blog in which I share with you what I currently have my nose buried in (or in this case what I used to have my nose buried in).
One of the reasons I love books is because I lived in a house where reading was so widely encouraged. We read to CJ now as a way to wind him down before each nap, and of course we have the now traditional Very Hungry Caterpillar before his night time sleep. I know that it might not always be this way – as a high school teacher we often come across the aliterate boy (one that can read, but just doesn’t) but I hope that by doing encouraging him while young, we build positive habits for a lifetime.
CJ is already blessed with a little library (including a fabulous Hairy McLairy compendium that his Poppa bought him for Christmas) but here’s a few more books I loved as a kid and would love to add into his collection:
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! I loved the comic contrast of the formality of the tea and the crazy tiger.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
What kind of pet would you like from the zoo? An elephant, a lion, a snake – or something a bit smaller, and cuddlier and playful? Lift the flaps and see what has been sent – it’s bound to be a surprise! And just when you think they’ll never get it right, they send the very best, most perfect pet of all. I think that CJ will LOVE all the animals in the book.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
When Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief, his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without any supper. Alone in his room, Max enters a magical world and sets sail across the sea to the place where the wild things are. I think this will be a great book for my cheeky, active boy!
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
It’s tough being the middle mouse. Nora’s baby brother and older sister require a lot of attention, and Nora always has to wait. It isn’t until Nora crashes out the door, and the house goes strangely silent, that her family realizes: a noisy Nora is much better than no Nora at all! I wasn’t the “middle mouse” but being one of three siblings, could definitely sympathize with the waiting for attention!
Horton Hatches The Egg by Dr Seuss
While I’m sure the elephant-loving CJ would love any Horton books, this was a particular favorite of mine from my childhood. Something about an elephant nesting is just hilarious to both the characters of the book and kid readers alike.
If you have a favorite childhood book other than those above, I’d love to know!