Friday, 2 June 2017

Monthly Book Roundup - What We have been Reading in May

Its time for my monthly book round up again. Each month I write about new books that I have introduced to Lily at bedtime and what we think of them. We always read around 3-4 books a night and most nights we end up reading the same ones with a few odd ones read in between. I find reading the same books helps Lily relax and she does grow fond of the stories each month and gets excited when I get them out to read each night. 

You can read all our other monthly roundups here.

We didn't have a theme for this month, and had a variety of subjects in stories. Here is this months selection. 

1. Alfie in the Garden by Debi Gliori
This book barely got read this month. The first time I read it I couldn't get into it at all, but I thought I would give it a few more goes. The story is about Alfie who is playing in the garden, he is doing things like meeting insects and swishing through the garden. I just didn't find that there was anything exciting in the book and not a huge amount of storyline. Lily also didn't really seem to interested in this story unfortunately. I bought this from The works, mostly because I was looking for a garden themed story. 

2. Goodnight Tiger by Timothy Knapman 
We loved this book. It was definitely our favourite of the month and we read it many times. The story is about a little girl who can't get to sleep because the animals in the wall paper are making too much noise. She ends up going into the wall paper to help the animals sleep so then she can sleep. She tries to give them a bath, hot chocolate and even a real live bear to cuddle. But none of them work. In the end its the bedtime story that works and sends them all to sleep. The story is such a brilliant story and has its funny moments to. I really love the way it ends showing that bedtime stories help you to get to sleep. Lily really loved it and her favourite part was when they all spat out the yucky hot chocolate (which was really mud). I would really recommend this story and it will be a favourite for quite a while I think. I won this book but you can buy it from amazon. 

3. Lulu Loves Nursery by Camilla Reid 
This book was really helpful this month as Lily started nursery at the start of it. Its a really good book that really relates to your child starting a new nursery. The story goes all the way from leaving mummy, to having a great day at nursery and then mummy picking her up and then she gets ice cream as a treat. Lily really liked the part about the ice cream treat. It was a really good story to be able to ask Lily questions about nursery, for example the little girl gets her own coat peg, so I ask Lily does she get her own coat peg at nursery. At the back of the book there is a certificate that after your child's first day they get with their name on. This was a lovely edition to the book and Lily really liked her certificate. I would really recommend this book if your child is about to go to nursery. I bought this book from an online book store ages ago, and I can't remember the name of it. But you can easily find it on amazon. 

4. Terrible Tim by Katie Haworth
This book doesn't have many words in but its still a great story. The story is all about Tim behaving terribly. For example it says Terrible Tim likes to draw, and then the picture he is drawing on the wall. Then it rhymes with draw and Terrible Tim loves to roar and he is scaring a bird. After you have read all the terrible things he loves to do, you then have some lovely scenes where he loves to cuddle and snuggle. I love the story as it shows a typical toddler doing what toddlers do, but it also shows that at the end of the day they are still lovely and love to cuddle and snuggle. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book as they were bright and full of character. Lily happily listened to this story but she definitely enjoyed the others a little more. I won this book in a giveaway but you can buy this from amazon. 

Which book do you like the sound of?  

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  1. Looks like a good selection, we haven't read any of these. I'm currently being made to read Roald Dahls revolting rhymes every night!

  2. These look wonderful books for little ones

  3. Lulu loves nursery perfect for my nephew

  4. These look lovely books to read goodnight tiger is a favourite of many

  5. I actually bought goodnight tiger for my friend's child and he apparently loved it x

  6. These all sound fab books for little ones. My daughter loved Goodnight Tiger when she was little, we used to read it religiously at bedtimes.

  7. These are all looks a great read for my son he love to read books before sleep at night

  8. This looks like a lovely selection of picture books for Lily.

  9. Aww I've never heard of any of these before! My little ones would love them!

  10. Good night tiger sounds very cute. I love ones about animals :)

  11. some fab books there - my three are always reading and we have endless piles of books x

  12. My youngest has always loved being read to, and - now that she's older - she loves reading to me too. I haven't heard of these titles though, perhaps because at nursery age she would only ever read The Tiger Who Came to Tea! ;) x