What’s Your Favourite Children’s Book?
Is it your child’s favourite too? I find it rather frustrating that my kids don’t like the books I love: all three kids turned their noses up when I introduced them (with wobbling lip) to I Love You to the Moon and Back; and I’m fairly certain that Master 3 spilled milk over Peepo on purpose. Both books are sentimental and lovingly illustrated, but for some reason my children would rather me read “Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?” (thanks Gran) every evening than anything with a bit more literary merit.
In fact, you can pretty much guarantee that the books I select for bedtime reading are never the ones they want – but this is more to do with their extensive repertoire of ‘staying up later’ techniques than the books themselves. Here are the top 5 children’s books that have been loved by all three kids and still haven’t been ‘misplaced’ by me:
1. Goodnight Moon
A classic bedtime story from the 1950s, it took me a while to find the rhythm in this story but now it’s my absolute favourite. There are so many little touches to make it interesting: my eldest loved the “old lady whispering hush”, my middle child loves finding the mouse on every page, and so far the kittens hold the most appeal for my youngest. The boldly coloured illustrations are wonderful and if I had the money and space I’d love to decorate a nursery just like it.
2. Puff the Magic Dragon
I have warbled through this book thousands of times, and still haven’t hit the right note for “Land called Honalee”. So horrendous is my rendition that I have been mocked mercilessly for it by my husband, but thankfully my children think I sound brilliant.
3. Mrs Wishy-Washy
So wonderfully simple, this has been the first book that I could read to my children without them losing interest and attempting to eat it. You can’t go wrong with a pig, a duck and a cow that need a wash and my kids all love it when I pretend to wash them each time there’s a “wishy-washy”. I’m old enough to remember when lots of mums wore slippers like Mrs Wishy Washy, so I love it for nostalgic reasons too.
4. The Night Pirates
This is an odd little tale about pirates stealing the front of a boy’s house and using it as a disguise for their ship. While my kids love the story because they devour anything piratey, I love the fact that the pirates in this story are: “Rough, tough little girl pirates”.
I thought this story was a little bland on the first read-through but my kids absolutely loved it. Set in a city (maybe NY), it’s the tale of a little star that falls to earth one evening and becomes friends with a girl who helps it return home. Warm and fuzzy with illustrations that open up lots of discussion, it’s now a firm favourite.
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