You are never too young (or too old) to enjoy a good book! Stories are the best and it’s quite possible that some of the stories you most remember will be ones told to you in your childhood. That’s just one of the reasons why we love children’s books so much and always enjoy hearing which ones entertain, delight and fascinate our readers and our staff!

In today’s blog, April gives us a quick tour through the books she has been sharing with her little one over the last year. Lockdown hasn’t been easy – whether you’re parents of young children, school age children, older children or adults, the last twelve months have been tough. Finding solace between the pages of a novel or story book may well have been your escape.

We’ve tried to share as many reading ideas as we can through this blog and our social media (you can follow us on Twitter, on Facebook and on Instagram) so that you’re never too far away from a reading suggestion. We’ve also been sharing stories each week and a Rhyme Time session aimed at those with little ones as we know how much both you and we are missing these sessions. If you haven’t caught any so far, you’ll find a playlist full of your favourite rhymes with familiar faces from our libraries here.

We always love to hear what stories you’re loving so please do let us know in the comments. In the meantime, here’s April with her recommendations for reading with a toddler.


April

In March 2020 we entered a national lockdown. At the same time my sweet little boy turned 2. Now, we are nearly a year on and over the year we have read many, many books together. I now have an (almost) threenager who is very vocal about what he likes. Below are some of our current favourites:

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr (physical copies, eAudio)

A firm favourite in our house, along with The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party Book. We reached peak Tiger over Christmas when we could watch the Channel 4 adaptation. Best bit of the book – going out for sausages and ice cream of course!

What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers

Since receiving this book for Christmas, it has been requested every night. However, only Daddy can read this one… a lot of the meaning goes over the head of a toddler but the illustration is beautiful and he loves naming all the tools and pointing out the characters.

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch

This book is another nightly favourite and sets of a case of the giggles every time! The only problem is that the raspberries get wetter and we get covered… a great book for a toddler. It’s silly and a bit disgusting – perfect!

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Another book that became a firm favourite over Christmas! All Julia Donaldson books go down well in our house, but this is the favourite. Every time we go out for walks now we have to find stick man and recite the story.

There’s A Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins

Great book! Nice and short for the last book before sleep. A bit silly, lots of fun but actually really sweet!

While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and illustrated by Polly Dunbar

We pre-ordered this book as soon as we saw it was being released. A lovely follow up to The Hug (part of our Valentine Day Collection). Explaining ‘the rules’ and lockdown to a toddler was tough. They just don’t get it. This book was great at helping him to understand that he might not see his family so much but could still show he loved them in different ways. It also led to us doing lots of different crafts and activities that we posted out to family and friends. Hopefully, this book will look really out-dated in a few years…

We have a bookcase brimming with books and I’ll often come home with something new to try from the library. In fact, we have had to invest in a bigger bookcase! It is really hard to know what to do with young children during lockdowns. Our play dates were taken away, the toddler groups were shut and family time is almost a distant memory. But books have been with us throughout.

Instilling a love of reading in these early years is a great gift we can give our children and it can give our days some structure. We (mainly me!) are always open to some more ideas on different books to try. If it has poo in it, I know a certain young man who will be very interested……..