We read a lot of books around here. Ever since we had CuppyCake, our books have been more the type where all four of us could read together. My kids are all different ages now. I have a seven year old son with two daughters who are 30month old and 12 month old. We pick a new collection of books to read every fortnight on a Saturday. I know many moms who have trouble choosing books that different aged children can enjoy together. So from today, every time we change our books, I am going to take a picture of our books and show you what we read and how we enjoyed it. Hopefully, you can enjoy them too. Hopefully, you can get ideas as to what books to read with a toddler with big kid.
I started my children on reading books from birth. When my eldest was 18months old, I was lucky to find a ‘Mum and Me’ Library here. We are expats in our land here and sometimes it gets really difficult to not know where to go for what. After my eldest daughter was born, we got her a membership too. We are allowed two books per person and the more kids you have the more fun it becomes. These days we are allowed eight books in all because we are three kids and a mum.
My seven year old is more of the crafty kind these days. He is a voracious reader and will read up on anything. I usually take all my kids with me when we go to the Library but sometimes, I tend to leave one or more of them back. He reads anything that I get him and I love how he comes to me with more ideas and activities to do. I never leave my 30month old behind though because she is at an age where I am teaching her to enjoy books and how Libraries work. She is also a very shy little girl. I take her along so that she can play and enjoy other kids there too. CuppyCake when she was too little, I would often leave her out but ever since she could crawl, she has been among my books and we have been teaching her to leave the living room shelf alone. For this reason and because she is sometimes a full time job, I tend to take her with me only when we are at the library for a longer time.
The past two weeks, this is what we had been reading. (Please Note: For your convinience, the links below are affiliate links. I hope they can assist you with knowing more about these books. Thank you for supporting this blog.)
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise brown. This book is a must in every library and home. All my kids love it.
Pajama Time! (Boynton on Board) by Sandra Boynton. This is also a must have and fun book. It is musical and rhymes. We love fun, silly and relaxing books at bedtime and this book is another one which my kids pull out and bring home no matter what I say.
Go, Dog Go (I Can Read It All By Myself, Beginner Books) by P D Eastman: All Dr. Seuss series are my favourite because the kids really learn and enjoy at the same time.
Tiggers Hate to Lose (Disney First Readers). This is a LadyBird Read it Yourself book that I got for my son for the lesson behind it. We got to talk a lot about being a good friend and being a good sport while reading this.
Busy Bears (LITTLE BEDTIME STORIES) by Nicola Baxton. This is a story that son had picked to read to his little sisters. Really pretty pictures and family time.
Manners Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf. I love Munro Leaf stories. They teach manners so well. This is my favourite book. Everytime I have a little monkey jumping around or misbehaving, I get this book. I have been unable to find this book to buy locally or else this would have been really necessary for our personal library too!
Those were the books my kids were reading. Me? I had these to keep me busy. I have read them both last year too but hadn’t taken notes. I got them again for this reason but… I didn’t get any time!
The Bright Stuff: Playful ways to nurture your child’s extraordinary mind by CJ. simister: This is a book that can help you understand what parenting really means. It is about how you can playfully make your child intelligent. This really opened up my eyes to so many things that I hadn’t considered about bringing my child up. It has little ideas and games to play with your child too.
The New Dare to Discipline by Rob Dobson. A daring book about how to discipline your child and how different people do it. The book is in a questions and answer format. It answers a lot of questions about what the wrong way is why it fails. It makes you really wonder about positive parenting.
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