Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone

 

One of Barefoot Books bestsellers which captures the hearts of young readers and parents alike. This vibrantly illustrated rhyming book features a boy running after Bear which travels on different modes of transportation – bike, raft, steam train, boat, carriage and so on.

Each page is fill with colourful pictures that allows both children and adults to develop the  story further or have a conversation. After reading each page at storytime, I love pointing to the top right hand corner of the opposite page to ask the children where they think Bear is heading to next. 

It is also a great bedtime story where Bear embarks on a journey in a rocket. Kids will love waving goodbye and goodnight to Bear. 

Shopping with Dad by Matt Harvey

 

Last Saturday, I was honoured to be invited back by  boutique owner, Amy of The London Assembly, for another session of Storytime. One of the books I read was “Shopping with Dad”.

It is obvious from the cover page that this shopping trip will be an adventure for the father-daughter pair. I love the rhythmic and whimsical text that add so much excitement to the story. 

This is a book that dads can definitely relate to. Aren’t we all too familiar with our kids creating havoc when we’re out and about? What the author has done is to throw in humour to the story so that everyone has a good laugh. 

The story also teaches a lesson or two. Firstly, a young girl admitting openly that it was her fault that an accident happened. I think that teaches children to be brave to own up to their mistakes, and being honest. Secondly, it also shows how daddies take charge in those situations and bring everything back to normal. It’s just sweet to know that daddy is always there to keep things under control.