Monday, 4 July 2016
Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been reading in June
Each month I'm going to be doing a round up of the new books we have read over the month. I Love reading to Lily and I read to her every night before bed. We have a lot of books and I could easily read new ones to her every night but I find the repetition of them being the same books really help to relax her and doesn't get her to excited. That being said it would drive me even more insane to read the same books for a entire year and so I plan to try to introduce at least four new books into our bedtime reading each month.
I've now created a link so you can see the past monthly round ups. You can see them here.
This month due to having Fathers Day, I decided to read Dad themed books. I managed to own one or two already and also I went out and bought a few to. So this month we have had 5 new books instead of 4.
Here are the ones we have been reading.
1. My Dad Is Brilliant - By Nick Butterworth
This has been my least favourite of the bunch that we have been reading this month. I found it a little boring to read. The story is a little similar to the other book I have called My Dad. Its a story all about what dad can do that makes him brilliant, only I found the sentences a little simple and felt it needed something else to make it a little more interesting to read. That being said, Lily has happily let me read it to her each night. Its short, and simple and so perhaps great for children learning to read themselves. I picked this book up at The Works.
2. My Dad will do - By Martin Thomas
When I started reading this book, I wasn't to sure. The paragraphs mostly rhyme but then there is one or two that don't and so when reading it out loud, that factor threw me off a little bit. But after reading it many many times I started to be able to read it a lot easier. The story is a very sweet story featuring a child elephant and a daddy elephant. Its spoken by the child elephant talking about all the things he can't do yet, but how its okay because he has his dad there to help him. The images in this book are lovely and shows a real father and child bond. Perfect for Fathers day. I won this book on a Toppsta Giveaway.
3. Dustbin Dad - by Peter Bently
This has been my favourite to read this month. Its a really humorous story of a dad that will eat pretty much anything, and accidentally eats the cats medicine and turns into a cat himself. Its got a brilliant rhyme to it, but you need to make sure you read everything. Even the little bubbles of writing as they are all part of the story and if you miss them out, it doesn't rhyme anymore. This is one story that I can't get bored of reading because the story line is just so great. It actually reminds me of my dad when I was younger as he used to always be a dustbin dad and eat anything we left over. It has brilliant cartoon illustrations and it isn't to long or to short. I think its a great book for any child from 18 months to an older child who can read it by them selves. I picked this book up at the works in a 3 for £5 deal and I really recommend heading out and buying it.
4. My Dad - By Anthony Browne
This book I spoke about a few months ago when I spoke about Lily's favourite books. It still is one of Lily's favourites and so only right that we read it for the month of fathers day. The book is very similar to My Dad is Brilliant, only its a lot better. It has extra lines in like "he's alright my dad" and some of the things he does are a little more exciting, for example "He can swim like a fish". The images in it are great. It shows a dad in a dressing gown doing all these things and so when he is "wise as an owl," instead of the dad being stood there, its a owl in dads Pyjamas. Great story for a child to be able to relate to their own dad and also have a little laugh at some of the images. We got this book from Waterstones.
5. I Love you Daddy - By Igloo Books
This story is so heartwarming. It shows the love and bond between a baby bear and Daddy bear. A lovely little hardboard book with a beautiful rhyming story and beautiful images. Its a really nice one to snuggle up and read at night time. I find that it is a really calm story, definitely great for bedtime stories. Its also really nice to have one that says Daddy instead of Dad because Lily calls my partner Daddy and not Dad yet. I picked this one up at The Works again for £3. Can't beat a bargain like that.
Which book do you like the sound of?