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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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.