I Love You Through and Through By Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

  

My son’s nickname is “Teddy” even before he was born. Therefore, we have the tendency to get clothings with bears on and books that feature bears as the main characters. He has recently learnt to be more affectionate towards his cuddly toys so I was thrilled to come across this book which features a little boy with his teddy bear.

The story is essentially very simple yet meaningful. It lets your little ones know that you love them for being them – love their top side, bottom side, fingers, toes, inside, outside  and so on. When I read it to my son, I point to the various body parts so he knows where they are. It reinforces that every little bit of them is being loved. 

Given that it’s a really short and simple book to read, young ones won’t get easily distracted and will probably enjoy sitting on your lap to let you read it through. I love the ending where you tell your little one that you loved them yesterday, love them today and will love them tomorrow too.

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Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator

  

Another beautifully illustrated book by Alison Jay which has an antique-feel to it, Listen, Listen lets children explore the different seasons through the sounds of birds chirping, bees buzzing, hammocks swaying in the wind and leaves rustling. 

It offers not just a story; children can play “I spy” and spot the various objects on each page. For older children, this is a great book to talk about seasonal changes and wildlife. 

I like the short rhyming sentences in the book which make it suitable even for babies who are notoriously known for their short attention span. At the same time, this is a keeper for its educational purposes. It also comes in a big, sturdy board book format – perfect for my one year old who’s still into chewing books!

Wow! Said the owl by Tim Hopgood

I try to read in Mandarin to my son as often as possible. However I’ve not had much luck in finding good Chinese books in Europe until I found Flip For Joy, an online bookstore specialising in Chinese books based in Singapore. 

We have a hardback copy of Wow! Said the Owl in Mandarin. It is one of my son’s favourite Chinese books probably because of the funny voice I make when I say “wa-o”. It is a fabulous book that introduces children to a colourful world through the eyes of an owl. The illustrations are beautiful and the simple text makes it the ideal book for very young children. 

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

 

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, therefore I had to pick it up when I saw it in the bookshop. 

A brilliant book for very young readers who love repetition. 

We can’t go over it. / We can’t go under it. / Oh no! / We’ve got to go through it.

This beautifully illustrated family of four encounters caves, mud, forests and rivers while on their journey to hunt a bear. Each time they encounter an obstacle, they overcome it with great enthusiasm and confidence. I imagine that it is a great book for storytime as there’s frequent usage of onomatopoeia which can be exaggerated if you get kids to carry out the actions too. Don’t children just love to participate at storytime too?

I particularly liked the part when they finally found the bear and had to go through all the obstacles again to get home. It felt pretty thrilling! It’s definitely an interactive book which will capture the minds of little ones. 


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.