To celebrate world book day I have comprised a list of 4 of our favourite children’s books to read together. I love reading books with Gabriella and Ava as it is such an excellent bonding activity and watching their imagination come alive as we read together is so precious. Another thing I enjoy about reading with the girls is the opportunity to start conversations and open up new topics to discuss. I would love to hear what some of your favourite books to read with your children are too.
1. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli (Author), Francesca Cavallo (Author)
This is a factual book that tells the story of 100 amazing women both past and present. The book is illustrated beautifully by 60 women and was very quick to become one of my favourite books. What is so great is that the book shows a range of women from scientists to activists. Some of the themes that the book contains are quite grown up, although the way that the book is cleverly written it makes it understandable and appropriate for children. We keep the book next to the girl’s beds with a globe so that as we are reading, we can look at where about in the world the women are from. It’s a book that I think all children would benefit from, not just girls and it opens so many great conversations that you can have with your children.
2. Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson (author), Axel Scheffler (illustrator)
Gabriella and Ava both love this book and it is by far one of their favourites. They both wanted to dress up as the witch for world book day. The story follows a witch and her cat that go out flying on her broom over mountains and forests. Unfortunately the witches hat, then bow and wand fall off in succession. Luckily the witch receives help from a frog, a dog, and a bird and helps her to retrieve her items before being faced with a terrifying dragon! Firstly, I like that the witch is portrayed as a kind and helpful character. I also really enjoy how it is written. It has a lot of repetition and rhyming which means that both girls can join in when listening to the book and know most it off by heart.
3. The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson (author), Axel Scheffler (illustrator)
I feel like The Gruffalo is an absolute classic children’s story. I remember reading it when I was younger and enjoy reading it to the girls. It follows the story of a mouse that is travelling through the woods and encounters a fox, owl and a snake and tells each of them he is going to meet a Gruffalo. To the mouse’s surprise, he actually does bump into the Gruffalo! The sequel, The Gruffalo’s child, tells the story of the Gruffalo’s daughter who goes into the wood to find out about the big bad mouse that her dad had told her stories about. While in the woods she bumps into the fox, owl and snake on her quest to find the big bad mouse. Both books, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, are illustrated incredibly well with each page containing so much detail. The books have lots of repetition, and both girls, especially Gabriella knows the books almost word for word.
4. Moon – Patricia Hegarty (author), Britta Teckentrup (illustrator)
Firstly, this book is absolutely beautiful. The illustrations are so captivating and different to anything else that we have. It’s dark yet vibrant and looks so eye-catching on the bookshelf. One of the reasons it is my favourites is that I feel like it is such a great bedtime story. It’is about night-time around the world and shows what different animals get up to during the night. In addition to this, each page has a cut out that you can follow moon at different stages of its lunar cycle. Again it’s one that we like to use our globe with so that we can refer to and see where the animals are in the world.