We’re big readers at home. I’m a serial book reader and I always have to be careful because once I start a book, I don’t stop until I finish reading it. The whole world really comes to a stop and without Mr R holding fort until then, our household would have been in shambles. So nowadays, especially with the kids around, I’m always very careful before I start a book.
It’s no surprise then that our kids would be big readers too. We’re regulars at the libraries. We have a small library right next to Baz’s old preschool and they love heading there to pick their books and if we want a bigger range, there’s always the bigger library about 10 minutes away.
I get baffled sometimes with the kids choice of books. Sometimes I think they will love a particular book when I picked it out at the library (and they don’t). If they’re with me, it might be an easy enough to convince them to bring the books home but it’s the content that matters. I can’t tell you what it is that attracts their attention because I’ve not figured it out but these are some of our ‘classic’ books at home ie. ones that they go back to time and time again
Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
I’d imagined that this would be a classic in a lot of households with kids. It is for us! There are so many ways to read it each time. And the pictures – it looks like they are simple but you can talk so much about it. The colours, the crates, the animals, why were they sent back to the zoo, the sounds they make, parts of the animals. It’s a brilliant book!
The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson
We are big fans of Julia Donaldson. I’m pretty sure we’ve pretty much read all of her books between the two kids. The Snail and the Whale is a new-ish release – probably about 2 years old? We saw it on The Book Depository when we were looking for a birthday present and decided to get it to add to our library! This was my favourite book – I love the travel theme but the kids weren’t really fussed about the story but love the pictures. Elli is going through the pictures phase now while Baz loves listening to the stories so maybe it is a maturity thing.
You Choose in Space – Nick Sharratt
This is not quite a ‘classic’ per se but more of an action book that both kids have loved! Baz picked out this book at school and it has been a firm favourite every night since the end of February. It’s meant to be a weekly borrow but because of COVID19, he’s been home since then and his books has been on a perpetual borrowing state until he returns to school. It’s a pretty cool book as they get to pick their character and the progression of the story. We’ve had it at home for over two months now and it’s almost a nightly read still!