Friday, 1 December 2017

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been Reading in November

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 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 not get over excited at bedtime but she does grow fond of the stories each month and is happy when I pull out the stories she enjoys.

You can read all our other monthly roundups here.


This month I found a few Birthday related books to read to Lily seen as it was her Birthday on the 18th of November. They were really good for getting her excited for Christmas.

We only managed to read 3 new books this month because Lily kept asking for a few of her old ones and she also had some paw patrol books for her birthday she wanted reading. I wasn't going to review these as its pretty much a paw patrol episode in book mode. 

So here are the 3 books that we have been reading in November. 


1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 
This was the one non birthday book that we read this month. As soon as I got it I knew it would be a lovely story to read to relax Lily. I had seen it in stores many times and never thought about buying it and to be honest I really wish I would have got it for Lily a lot earlier than now. I luckily won this book in a Toppsta Competition. The story is all about a room and the objects in the room. One by one you say good night to each object. It's a really relaxing story and the repetition of good night should really help children start to be ready to go to sleep. Lily was always really calm when reading her this story, but no stories ever make her fall asleep and so unfortunately this one didn't help with that. You can buy this book in most book shops.

2. Miffy's Birthday - By Dick Bruna 

I have had this book for quite a while now but been waiting for the right birthday to read it to Lily. I felt that turning 3 was the perfect age for me to read her this. It is a really lovely story of Miffy waking up on her birthday and getting presents and a birthday party. Lily loved it and it really got her all excited for her up coming birthday. When she saw the images of the birthday gifts on the pages she would pretend to open them. I think this book is a really lovely little read for the build up on any child's birthday. I was sent this book from Miffy when they were celebrating her real birthday, but you can head online and buy this book along with other Miffy stories. 

3. The Adventures of Abney and Teal - Party Time by Joel Stewart 
So the first thing that is great about this book is the fact that it is a lift flap book. It also doesn't just have one flap on either page either, this book is full of them. At bedtime it would be one of the ones we read first as Lily would get excited to lift the flaps and I am wanting her a little calmer at bedtime, but we just had to read this book seen as it was the build up to her Birthday. The story is all about preparing and having a birthday party. There is decorating, party hats, bubbles, and lots of fun. As you go through the book there is also opportunities to try and find all of the Poc Poc's that are hidden under the flaps. It really is a great book to get a child excited for their upcoming party. I was sent this book from Books and Pieces Online store and you can head there and buy a copy yourself. 

Which of these books do you like the sound off? 


11 comments:

  1. Miffy's Birthday sounds like a lovely book for a little girl. x

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  2. Abney and Teal my girls love the show, Mollie is nearly 9 months and loves snuggling up with Megan and I for a story xxx

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  3. My niece loves the show - this sounds like a great book for her.

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  4. Lovely books! I agree - Goodnight Moon is so relaxing.

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  5. They all sound great. Don't think we've read any of them

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  6. Goodnight Moon sounds great for getting them off to sleep!

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  7. Goodnight Moon. Calming sounds good. Also I can recall reading the book to children when I worked in a children's nursery, some years ago.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. Party Time sounds brilliant, a great theme. Flaps, children do just find that so exciting.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. Love this post idea great to get children interested in books

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  10. Nice to read your comments in regards to Miffys Birthday book. Sounds like a good read, and as you mention particularly useful for preparing a little one for a Birthday.

    Rachel Craig

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