Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Books for Children

The British government has announced that it's going to spend £27 million giving books to children under five:,,1535331,00.html

This is good, I guess. I don't know what the books in the packs are going to be, but here's my recommended reading list for the under fives, based on Jack's favourites:

That's Not My... Tractor / Kitten / Train / Fairy / Car

Colourful touchy feely books with a good repetitive element.

Where's Boo? At The Farm

A lift-the-flap book, one of several in this series about Boo and his rather odd friends - laughing duck, growling tiger and sleeping bear. A TV show of the same name has Jack transfixed. Good for expanding vocabulary from nouns to adjectives.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Just great. I loved it. Now he loves it.

Ten Little Ladybirds

Another book with holes. A great way to learn insects, animals and counting.

Winnie The Pooh And The Ten Busy Bees

The first Pooh book - more holes. A good way to learn AA Milne's characters before embarking on the proper stories.

The Gruffalo

A magical story about a mouse and a monster. Brilliant.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

One of those stories kids just love to learn by heart. Very exciting.

Each Peach Pear Plum

Plays around with nursery rhyme characters in a delightful new rhyming story. Bit girly, but good fun guessing where the next character will be.

I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato

The ultimate book for fussy eaters. Very funny for adults too.

Maisy Goes Camping

Maisy mouse and her unlikely group of friends go camping. The page where they go "pop" out of the tent is probably Jack's favourite page in any book.


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