Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been reading in March

Each month I write about which books we have been reading during the month. I usually introduce Lily to 4 or 5 new books each month while at the same time reading some of our favourites. We have story time each night and always read 2-4 stories, depending on how tired she is. 

You can read all the other book roundups from the last 2 years here

This month we didn't really have a theme. Easter has kind of fallen at the end of the month and so it didn't feel right to start introducing easter books to her at the start of March. Especially as it has still been snowing. So I let Lily choose a selection from her books and these are what she chose.



1. Dylan the Teacher by Guy Parker-Rees 
Lily is a huge fan of Dylan and I have a feeling we may need to buy all of his books. Lily has read Dylan the Doctor before and so she was delighted that there was a new Dylan book for her to read. This story is all about a group of children animals and they are all role playing. In this one Dylan is the teacher and his friends are the students. But as Dylan tries to teach things, he realises that its very tricky to teach, and some of his lessons fail. In the end he finds the perfect lesson for them all to do and they all play happily. One of the things about the Dylan books is that they have some repetition in them. In this one, Dylan rings the school bell and so you shout "Ding a Ling a Ling" as he does. Lily loved that part of the story. I would say that Dylan was Lily's favourite out of this months bunch of books. I was sent this from the publisher Scholastic but you can find the Dylan books online. 

2. Celestine Drama Queen by Penny Ives
I would say we probably read this book the least out of the lot. I don't think it related to Lily too much and although she did enjoy it, I wouldn't say it was one of her favourites. But this story would be perfect if you have a little dancer or performer in the family as thats exactly what all this story is about.
Celestine loves to perform. So much that she takes it into her every day life and she must have a special breakfast and must wear her tiara to school. It is about to be the school play and Celestine has the biggest part. But when she gets on stage she gets scared and can't sing. So instead she decides to do what she does best and dance. It is a great story and mums will relate to the drama queen parts that Celestine plays out. You can pick this book up online. 

3. The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared by Petr Horacek 
I am really starting to love Petr Horacek's books and this one is no different. I really love his illustrations and Lily enjoys the story lines. This book is all about a brave little mouse that decides to adventure out into the woods. His friends warn him not to but mouse says that he isn't scared. On the way he meets all sorts of animals that he should be scared of, but he isn't, and instead wants to play. It's only when he finds a house that he finds something he is scared of when we meets a cat, and this time its the cat that wants to play. But the mouse decides to run home scared. This was my favourite of the bunch to read and we read it quite a bit over the month. The only thing I would say about the book is that I was disappointed there was only one flap to lift in it, as for something that describes itself as a lift the flap book, I expected more. You can find out where to buy this book here

4. Dangerous by Tim Warnes 
The first thing that was exciting about this book for Lily, was that it was all about stickers and it even came with 100 free stickers. The story is about Mole who loves to label things. He writes out his labels wherever he goes and sticks them to things he see's. One day he comes across a crocodile. But he wasn't sure what it was, so he decides to start putting descriptive words on this large green thing he found. Soon the crocodile yawns and scares the mole so he decides it needs a Dangerous label on it. But as he creeps up to stick it on, the crocodile wakes up. But instead of eating Mole, he eats the labels which makes mole displeased. Mole makes the crocodile cry and soon crocodile feels bad for eating the labels and so makes his own label saying sorry. Mole forgives the crocodile and decides to make a label to place over the sorry label saying friend. It really is a nice story and I love that they make friends in the end. I won this book in a competition but you can pick it up online.

Which of the above books do you like the sound of the best? 

14 comments:

  1. Some great book ideas for my little one.

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  2. The mpuse who wasnt scared
    Loving your selection

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  3. I haven’t heard of any of these. I like the sound of Dangerous. I think my little boy would like this.

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  4. Dylan the Teacher. As sounds fun and entertaining.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. These look like some great reads :) xxx

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  6. I think out of them all my niece would like Celestine drama queen the best she does dancing as well

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  7. What a great selection of books! We've always had books... Throughout my childhood and my children's as I think it's important at any age to read x

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  8. Love the look of these books they all look so bright and colourful I think my daughter Sheriah 5 would like dangerous

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  9. Dylan the Teacher, nice that Lily enjoys the book.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. Celestine Drama Queen, made me think about dancing. Particularly Ballet. It would be nice if all children could get the opportunity of Ballet / Dance. Apparently Ballet is good for posture :- I think that was mentioned when the media reported that Prince George would have the opportunity of practicing Ballet at Primary School.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. The Mouse That Wasn't Scared, nice front cover.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. Dangerous :- Stickers, I can recall my niece being keen on stickers. She was 3 - 4 years old at the time. She was so delighted any time she was given any. Always nice to see smiles.

    Rachel Craig

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  13. Reading books to our young children can encourage them to learn to read. Can be entertaining, educational, instill feelings of compassion, empathy, etc for the characters within the stories.

    Rachel Craig

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  14. Reading is something I enjoy at times. Not very easy to find the time to complete reading a book. Yet when done, can be really quite worthwhile. Presently reading book :- Our Common Good by John Nickson.

    Rachel Craig

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