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Toddler Storytime

This is for my friends with toddlers ūüôā

We’ve put together some of our favourite books that hold special memories for us. We’ve read them, we’ve sang them, we’ve acted them out… these are books that get the most repeats and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Some are Sprinter’s favourites, some are Sunshine’s favourites… and a couple are everybody’s favourite. ūüôā
We hope you’ll enjoy them as well and create a whole host of precious memories with your little ones ūüôā20160912_130916 Continue reading “Toddler Storytime”

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Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal Ages: 3 up
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Ages: 3 up

Sunshine’s current favourites are Little Pea and Little Hoot. There’s Little Oink too but strange¬†it’s nowhere to be found… hmmm maybe I loaned it out to a friend…

I read this to Sunshine last night and it was so interesting to watch her expression/reaction¬†as I was reading the story. I still recall the time when I first introduced this book to Sprinter (he was around Sunshine’s age too!)… and he was just giggling and giggling¬†non-stop. He was SO tickled by the story. It turned out to be¬†a laughter therapy for us haha.
But my little girl… she was intense during the read last night. So intense –¬†she was absolutely captivated! The funny storyline didn’t tickle her… it baffled her and she was displaying intense amusement while trying very hard to make sense of it all. If you haven’t read the story… read on. I’ll tell you why.

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Make Way for Robert McCloskey II

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Our post on McCloskey continues as we read his books again at home. Blueberries for Sal is another favourite of Sprinter’s from¬†our McCloskey collection. It won a Caldecott award and this made Robert McCloskey the first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner.

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Make Way for Robert McCloskey I

I love many of the books Robert McCloskey wrote/illustrated so¬†it’s really exciting that we get to read his books again¬†for our¬†“Storytime with Author” time. There’s something¬†special about his books…¬†his illustrations¬†are stunning and¬†as true-to-life as they can be. The stories behind his stories are even more interesting too! I’ll share more below.

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Robert McCloskey’s books are a classic. For a man whose initial plans were only¬†to make a living as an artist,¬†McCloskey certainly surprised himself when he decided to¬†try his hand at writing children’s book because his art career was a ‘bust’. His books today¬†are some of the best loved¬†children’s classics. His most enduring book is perhaps the famous Make Way For Ducklings, a Caldecott winner¬†– an absolute favourite of mine. So here’s more on why our family love McCloskey and¬†our thoughts on this book (in this post)¬†and¬†a few others we¬†love (next post.)

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Greek Mythology for Sunshine (and babies!)

I mentioned Ms Sunshine is also into Greek myths. But she’s reading an entirely different range of books from her¬†brother. Kor Kor’s book of stories are¬†way to complex and long for her. Having said that, the current range is perfect for babies and toddler. (Sunshine is in the pre-schooler stage and I recognize I should be introducing slightly more matured books to her. But I¬†keep forgetting that!¬†We still see her as¬†‘our sweet¬†baby’ in the¬†house.)

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I found these really adorable Mini Myths books last year¬†and¬†they are¬†just perfect for little ones, yes even babies. They are very hardy, made from¬†good quality thick cardboard and are¬†just the right size for the very littles to put the books on their laps to read. Continue reading “Greek Mythology for Sunshine (and babies!)”

Let’s Revisit… Kevin Henkes

We are blessed with so many books we love in our house… and our¬†collection keeps growing!¬†And yet it’s difficult to decide what we want to read sometimes. What a shame too when we¬†fail to revisit good books time to time because we’re drawn to new books. (Yes, I do realize I need to hold back my shopping spree appetite… I have tried… still trying… tsk tsk… my hubby is just glad they’re not bags haha)

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An idea. We’ll host a ‘Storytime with xyz author” in our house! There are so many great authors we simple adore yet have forgotten about them for a while… so perhaps this project will enable us to¬†appreciate them again (and mummy to revisit some of my favourites too!) I won’t be surprised if some of these books¬†sound ‘new’ to Sprinter because it’s been more than two years since we’ve read some of them!

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Berenstain Bear Series

The Berenstain Bears franchise started in 1962 and has over 300 titles!!
The Berenstain Bears franchise started in 1962 and has over 300 titles!!

I remember reading a Berenstain Bear book and watching the cartoons when I was young, but I¬†never really took a liking for it. So when I saw these books at a book sale, I¬†didn’t think much¬†of them and picked just¬†a few¬†‘interesting’ titles that caught my eye.

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We love our Picture Book Classics!

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I prefer owning individual titles vs a¬†collection of stories… simply because I think a book cover is a crucial element of the reading experience.¬†(and¬†collections are so heavy!)¬†It’s like the start of a movie you know… you don’t want to miss the beginning with the opening soundtrack and the title sequence. Likewise, I like to take a moment of two staring at¬†a book cover before I plunge into it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t judge a book by its cover ūüėõ but yes, I still¬†care about my covers,¬†hardcover or paperback.
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Favourite Friends – Elephant and Piggie!

Can you tell we are HUGE fans of Piggie & Gerald?
Can you tell we are HUGE fans of Piggie & Gerald?

[This post was ready a few months ago but I never published it. I forgot all about it till recently(!) when a friend reminded me there’s a play based on Piggie and Gerald currently showing. Highly reccd! I’ve always enjoyed performances by the Player’s Theatre! Carina Hales is the director and I think she is brilliant! Do try and catch the show!]

This author really knows how to tickle the funny bones of both children and adults!! We have been enjoying Piggie and Gerald books.  LOTS. Because we love them!

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