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Ever since I was a child, I have loved to read. I would spend hours on the weekends getting lost in books, and often sneakily read in bed until the wee hours of the morning.
My love for books continued into adulthood. I can recall many bleary eyed days at work, from staying up until three in the morning to finish a book I just could not put down. Since becoming vision impaired, I have had to swap hard copy books for the iPad, however my heart will always belong to the real thing. That delicious smell of fresh pages in a brand new book and the glossy cover, still unmarked, and crease free.
It’s only natural that I have passed on my love of books and reading to Milla. I used to read to my pregnant belly before I went to sleep, and from the day Milla came home from hospital my husband and I have read to her every night before bed.
Now that Milla is a little older, and FINALLY gotten over the ‘rip books to shreds’ stage, (man, I thought that would never pass!) I have loved being able to buy her beautiful books that we are able to share together.
As you can see from how battered and old this book is, it is much loved. This is the book that I used to read to Milla when she was still in the womb, every night before I went to sleep. Nowadays when we read it, Milla likes to attempt all the actions, which adds a certain wacky element to before bed story time ;) This is also the book where the classic “I love you to the moon and back” line comes from.
We have been reading the Hairy Maclary series since Milla was little, the range is available in board books, hard cover and soft cover. All the characters in Hairy Maclary have gorgeous names that match their descriptions. (My favourite is ‘Schnitzel von Krumm, with a very low tum’) The stories have a beautiful rhythm and rhyme to them.
Another great book for it’s rhythm and rhyme. I’m a big fan of rhyming books, as I think the flow engages children beautifully. This book always gets a giggle from Milla, as the sheep get up to some crazy antics. But where is the GREEN sheep??
We love this book for it’s repetition and sound effects. As Milla has gotten older, and her language has improved, she will recite the words along with me. This is also a great book to ‘act’ out. Swishing through grass, squelching through mud and tiptoeing through the forest! Lots of opportunities to expand on ideas from this book.
When I was a child, I ADORED Dr Suess books, and couldn’t wait to buy Milla a set when she was old enough. Warning~ These books are serious tongue twisters! I actually get out of breath reading them. Milla calls them her ‘silly’ books, and cracks up laughing all the way through.
I love the illustrations in this book, and again with the rhyming. (Are you sensing a theme here?!) There is also a nice, subtle message about what’s on the inside being more important than what’s on the outside.
We are always adding to our collection of books, and I am pretty excited about a massive clearance sale at Bookworld that starts on May 16th. There will be up to 70% off a wide range of books.You can visit the Bookworld Clearance Sale here.
I actually discovered Bookworld just before Christmas, when I ordered a whole heap of books from ‘Santa’. They have free delivery within Australia, and if you join their ‘Citizen’ club, (it’s free) you receive 10% of all books. I love shopping for books online, and often find some new goodies through different search options; age, genre etc.
I’d love to hear what books you enjoy reading with your children? What are some favourites?