I love reading to the kids. It is part of our daily bedtime routine and I wouldn’t change it ever. It is very good for them later in life especially now that Matthew started pre-school and he will be entering the big school next year. It’s so beneficial to them. As a child myself I had millions of books (Slightly exaggerating there with the numbers) but I loved reading as a child. I had everything from dinosaur books to comics. I wish I had that much enthusiasm like I had as a child. The last book for myself that I read was before Matthew was born. I haven’t touched a book since. Now I am reading several different blogs daily, so I suppose you can count that as a book?
I am changing Matthew’s bookshelf regularly to mix up his books. Especially when the season changes I love adding new books to it. So one week ago, I started taking down the Halloween books and dusting off the Christmas books from the bookshelf that sits in the living room. These are now upstairs. We haven’t put up his bookshelf in the new house yet since we move but it is on our list.
As well as the existing Christmas/Winter themed books, I also added a bunch of new books this year. A week ago I made an order on Amazon for a new ones. I always like to add to the collection, particularly now that the pound is so low it’s well worth it ordering from the UK and get it sent over via Parcel Motel.
The three new books I purchased are actually activity books. Two of them are sticker books. One of them is from the Usborne range and the other is called Maisy’s Christmas Sticker Book. So you basically stick while you read which I think Matthew will enjoy. He has a passion for stickers and colouring in these days. The third book is a colouring in book based on Advent. Each day in December you get to colour in a page which I thought was pretty cool. Something different than the usual chocolate advent colour the kids get every year. (He gets that on top of it too of course)
Now that Chloe is not far off turning two, she is starting to enjoy books more. One of her favourite ones is the Christmas sound book. I think it’s from the Usborne range too. Press the button and you can hear Santa saying “Ho Ho Ho”, or press another button and you hear the sound of “Jingle Bells”. Another one she adores, is the “Jingle Jingle Little Reindeer” book. It’s basically a finger puppet which you can move around. She loves giving it kisses at the end of the story and saying “night night”. We actually reviewed this book last year as part of the Parragon member group.
“Stick Man” is probably the all time favourite by everyone. A story that never gets old reading. Sometimes it can be just a little too long for Chloe though so we are going upstairs a bit earlier that there is enough time to read a longer story.
“Usborne very first words Christmas” edition is brilliant for teaching your little ones about Christmas and the different words. There is different scenery on each page. For example playing outside in the snow, decorating the Christmas tree, Santa arriving or unwrapping the presents.
And there are the ultimate classics… the Peppa Pig Christmas range. Even at four years of age, Matthew still enjoys having them read to him and looking at the pictures. I’d say it’s probably the illustrations and short sentence on each page that makes it so attractive.
Last but not least, a new book to our collection is called “Good Night Santa”. I was delighted to find that one online because we already have “Good Night Digger” and “Good Night Tractor”. I think other ones included in the range are “Good Night Princess” and “Good Night Pirate” but we don’t have those just yet.
Do you have any of these books? What Christmas books do you have on yours kids bookshelf?