Libraries and books :-)

11 May

We love books, and visit the library about once a month, taking a huge stock back with us, then usually end up taking them back overdue – oops!

H, aged 4, reads her stash every night we have them before bed.  By the time they go back she knows at least one of her books by heart, and I inevitably end up buying a copy because its become part of the family!  Last month’s was Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schaeffler.  Interestingly, not all of her stash become favourite’s, some are just always pushed to the bottom of the pile.  What makes a good book?

H’s current haul consists:

  • The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear – interestingly illustrated version with a new verse at the end
  • I want my Mum by Tony Ross – a little princess book
  • …I’m going to have to go and look at the rest of the pile to remember, so you can see which 2 have become favourites in the 3 weeks we’ve had them!
H has latched onto other Edward Lear books before, there’s one about a hat and a tree?  Just found it, ‘The Quangle Wangle’s Hat’.  Anyway, there is something about the dreamy words, and the rhyming that really appeals to her.  We have read this every single night for 3 weeks, and she’s got a bit funny when E has tried to borrow it, so its definitely in the ‘keeper’ category! She likes joining in with the repeated last line of the verse “and they danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon…they danced by the light of the moon”.
I’m not quite sure about the appeal of the little princess books, but H seems to like the repetition, and recognising the emotions of the princess and asking endless questions about it all!
Already this morning H has read 2 books to the monster baby L:  The little princess book and Tiddler.  Lovely stuff 🙂
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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Literacy, Uncategorized


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One response to “Libraries and books :-)

  1. Rachel Hickman

    May 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    If you renew your library books by phone or on the computer… it counts towards the library’s figures and helps them keep their funding. (Only learnt this when our local library was threatened with closure and now I really help support it)
    Read your blog on the Early Years Ring… I am also home educating.


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