International Children’s Book Day, April 2nd.

images-22Something that I have strived to convey to children, all the years I have been teaching, is that being read to or reading by oneself opens up  a whole world that you can go to whenever you want and wherever you are.





Some of my favourites.

Picture books:

images-11Nick Butterworth.

Gosh anything by him, his books are delightful and children adore them, the illustrations are wonderful. All the park animals befriend and help Percy on all the jobs he has to do keeping the park pristine. Each and every book offers many topics to chat about with young children through the charming stories.

Percy the Park Keeper series. See for yourself here.


images-14Mick Inkpen’s Kipper series.







David McKee’s Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Series

Elmer learns that is Ok to be different and has all sorts of adventures.




images-17Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo.

Great for very young children to participate and turn the flap to see who arrives from the Zoo! Sweet story.





!!d8gBI!BWM~$(KGrHqUOKiUEwSBd,NPwBMSNNcMGq!~~_35Awkward Aardvark by  Mwenye Hadithi and Adrienne Kennaway

One of their many many beautifully illustrated books,

In Awkward Aardvark your child/children will love joining in on Aardvark’s snores!!



Chapter books:

images-18Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Really inspiring series for young readers, every night I would read a page and my son would read a page, then he was off reading on his own, he couldn’t get enough. This series developed in him a thirst for knowledge, a love of history and that a good book is a treasure!




Barbara Park’s Junie B Jones

Gosh, doesn’t everyone love the inappropriate, and Junie B Jones is a child who is frank and honest in her observations whether they are inappropriate or not. She creates giggles and gasps in her readers and lots of discussion on “would we/you say that?” “would I/you do that?”

I love her!


51ZTji9PfYLMichael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion.

This was the first book written by Michael Morpurgo that my son and I read together, we became hooked on this author, his writing is truly amazing and we couldn’t get enough.




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