From the very first day we brought her home from the hospital we have read to Monkey every day of her life. I always wanted her to grow up with a love of books and reading and at age 3 I think I can safely say job done. Monkey is a real little bookworm. She loves having books read to her and she loves reading them to her babies. I asked her to tell me some of her favourite books. It took her a long time to come up with a list because “I like all my books mummy” but eventually this is what she gave me.
Little Bear’s Big Jumper by David Bedford
This is a bedtime favourite and we read it most nights at the moment. Little Bear is very excited to get his big brother’s favourite jumper when he outgrows it. But when he makes a mess of it the brothers fall out. Will they make friends? And what will happen to the jumper?
Monkey says “Big Bear is grumpy and silly but I like this story. But the jumper fits Little Bear better.”
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
It’s a classic! Such a simple story but such beautiful pictures. I love the repetition in this story which means Monkey always joins in. It’s a great book to read snuggled up together.
Monkey says “Everybody at nursery likes going on a bear hunt and we read it lots. I know all the words.”
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Another classic that doesn’t really need an introduction. This was one of my favourites as a child so I’m glad that Monkey enjoys it so much.
Monkey says “The Tiger is very greedy and he eats everything up. Sophie has to go to a cafe with her mummy and daddy because there is no food left. She goes outside in her nightie and that’s a bit silly but it’s ok because she had a very strange day. I went to see it at the theatre and there was a real tiger and lots of songs.”
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Monkey loves Winnie the Pooh and we have read the original stories with her. The language is quite old fashioned though and she does struggle with them so we read more shorter stories designed for young children. We both prefer ones with the more original style illustrations to the Disney style ones.
Monkey says “Pooh bear loves honey but Tiggers don’t like honey. Yuck!”
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Another book with quite old fashioned language. Monkey loves the pictures in these books but still struggles with the storyline. She is building up the collection as her Granny and Grandad get her one each birthday, Christmas and Easter.
Monkey says “These are very special books from Granny and Grandad. I’m going to get them all and read them when I’m big.”
George’s marvellous medicine by Roald Dahl
A few months ago at the library Monkey decided it was time she read a big grown up book. Ronald Dahl were the first chapter books I remembered enjoying so seemed like a good place to start. To be honest, I didn’t think she would have the attention span to listen properly and follow the story but I was amazed! She loved it and knew exactly what was going on. She now wants the Roald Dahl box set for Christmas.
Monkey says “At first the medicine was blue but George put brown paint in it and then it was brown. When Grandma has it she goes up through the roof”