Wednesday 4 October 2017

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been Reading in September

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 didn't have a theme, we have so many books that we have to get through reading and so I let Lily choose from her shelf this months selection. This month Lily chose 5 books that she really enjoyed me reading. 

So here is what we have been reading over September. 

1. Mine by Rachel Bright 
I loved this story just as much as Lily did. It's all about 2 twins that don't know how to share their favourite toy 'Funny Bunny'. In the end they fight over it and it breaks. Granny fixes it and they decide that they need to make a rota to learn how to share the bunny. It's such a great story about sharing and Lily loves to tell me during the story about how they are not sharing. The story has so many parts where you can put so much emphasis into the reading and i'm a parent who just loves to put 100% effort in. Such as a part where the kids cry "waaahhhhh", I pretend to cry really loudly and Lily is such a sweetheart and always gives me a hug. Lily asked me to read this over and over and really enjoyed this story. She now also has a better understanding of sharing which is great. I bought this book from the book store Books and Pieces

2. Archie goes to the Doctor by Emma Brown
This book is such a classic tail of having to go to the Doctors, played out by knitted animal characters. I really like books that stick to a simple storyline. Especially when it is teaching children about a every day life subject such as the doctor. In this story, Archie falls of a swing and really hurts his arm. He needs to go to the Doctors. The story shows his sister and mum taking care of him while they go to visit the doctor and he makes him feel better. Its such a nice story to show that going to the doctors isn't scary and that doctors are really nice. Lily really loved this story and by the end of the month she had actually learnt parts of it by heart and loved to read it with me. I would really recommend this book if your child has an interest in playing doctors as I think they would love it. I won this book from a Topsta giveaway but you can pick it up on places such as amazon. 

3. Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson 
This book needs a little bit of practice but then when you do get the hang of the long dinosaur words and the rhyme, its such a great story to read. The story is all about a group of green dinosaurs called Duckbill and a group of Tyrannosaurus's. The Tyrannosaurus's want to hunt the Duckbills but can't because of the river as they can't swim. One day a Compsognathus steals a Duckbill egg but ends up dropping it into the T-rex nest. When it hatches, the T-rex's bring it up as there own, although its different. One day the Duckbill realises its different as it doesn't want to eat meat or hunt and so it runs away and swims across the river where it meets the other Duckbills. So close to a happy ending when a branch falls across the river and the T-rex's can cross it to hunt. But the Duckbill is clever and finds a way to frighten the T-rex's and they all go falling into the river leaving the Duckbills safe. 
As usual for Julia Donaldson, she does not fail to impress. The story is written so well and holds so much excitement that kept Lily glued to the story. It has repetition and rhyme which Lily tried to join in with and Lily really enjoyed the characters. If you are a fan of Julia Donaldson books, and your little one is a dinosaur fan then you will not be disappointed with this story. This book can be bought from most book stores as well as on amazon. 

4. Topsy and Tim go on a Train - By Jean and Gareth Adamson
I always used to love Topsy and Tim as a child and so its really great that Lily really loves Topsy and Tim too. In this story they take a train journey to see there gran. The story goes through all things that happen on the train, including the ticket inspector, eating lunch and going through a dark tunnel. It's a really great book if your child enjoys going on a train or a perfect introduction to train journeys if maybe your child is about to go on a long one. Lily loved the part with the tunnel, telling me that "its gone all dark". I bought this book from Waterstones. 

5. I love you so Much by Igloo Books
After all the excitement in the other books, this was such a lovely story to settle down to at the end. It has such a calm story about a fox and its baby and talks about snuggling up and being held and how much they love each other. I really enjoyed reading this to Lily at the end of the night and giving her a big kiss to show her that just like in the story, I loved her too. It's also not a long story and so perfect for that nice quiet settling to sleep book. Lily really liked the characters and thought that the baby fox was cute. You can get this book from the Igloo Books online store. 

Which book do you like the sound of the most? 


  1. These books look great I need to buy some new ones

  2. My five year old daughter loves Topsy and Tim so she would love to read that story xXx

  3. I LOVE you so much

    Going to get this one

  4. Lovely selection. We love topsy and Tim. We have some of mine from the 80s.

  5. My daughter loves Topsy and Tim - these look great!

  6. Great choices. Love tyrannosaurus drip. Topsy and Tim books are great too

  7. Mine :- My Mum would love to read this book to the children. She has a fascination with twins, we do have some friends with twins. Also as you can imagine my Mum's Generation were very much used to sharing and spending time with family, friends, neighbours, etc. Children learn what they live, and it is nice to be nice and treated nicely.

    Rachel Craig

  8. My daughter Sheriah loves topsy and Tim

  9. Archie goes to the Doctor by Emma Brown sounds great.

  10. Archie goes to the Doctor by Emma Brown is such a lovely story.

  11. I love you so much looks very cute I think I would most like that