A couple of years ago, I used to write a post ‘What we’re reading right now’ because I wanted to capture our little ones favourite reads to remember when they’re all grown up and don’t want to read with their mama anymore (*sob*) I am almost hoping that day never comes because I love our little evening reading sessions. It’s the one time of the day where they are all quiet and still and up for a cuddle!
It’s becoming harder to read with them all, due to their differing tastes and interests and reading level. Somewhere amongst all the getting ready for bed chaos – we have to squeeze in listening to Finlay read his school books and Elodie and I are trying to make time to read some more ‘grown up books’ so far (we’ve only managed ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ and ‘What Katy Did’ so far!!)
But I’d really like to start writing about the books they love again, because I can imagine them looking back over the posts and ‘ahhhing’ ….. “oh! I remember that book!!”
So, this week, I’ve decided to share the best books to read with multiple age groups of kiddos. These are books typically enjoyed by our 6 year old and 3 year old and sometimes one year old (if he feels like sitting still!)
You Choose is a book about imagination and participation. Children are encouraged to choose one or more items out of different options and talk about them. Children seem to love it from a very early age. Each page asks a simple question and offers a wide variety of images as cues to help the child choose.
This is a real ‘read-aloud’ book, it promotes a lot of discussion and debate in our house and goodness knows how many times we have read it – but they never tire of it! It encourages the reader to imagine different things on each page – if you could travel anywhere, wear anything, do a particular job etc which would you choose? Beautiful bright full page illustrations keep you looking and talking with so many points of discussion that even several readings wouldn’t ever stand the chance of getting boring. There are loads of inspiring illustrations to help the reader invent their own adventure.
Sam’s Super Stinky Socks by Paul Bright
Young Sam is a fearless explorer who travels around the world fighting pythons and of course, the most feared jumbo bumbo fly but only his stinky socks can save the day! The combination of Paul Bright’s witty, rhyming text and brightly coloured illustrations make this picture book a joy to read aloud and share. Children (and especially boys) will giggle endlessly at the references to bums and stinky socks… our kids are always in hysterics over this!
Digging for Dinosaurs by Dr Mike Goldsmiths
Dinosaur books are always a big hit in this house but this book works on lots of levels. Little ones can join in the fossil-finding adventure in Digging for Dinosaurs and uncover a huge dinosaur fossil but detailed labels offer further information – perfect for older inquisitive children too. Kids can discover exactly what a fossil is, how they’re cleaned and protected, and how scientists study them to learn more about these prehistoric creatures. At the end, a really long foldout presents a complete dinosaur skeleton to see!
Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson
This has been a firm favourite with all of my children, my 6 year old loves to pretend to be the cats and puts on voices for each of them, he has even created his own little version of the song! It’s a fascinating tale that children of all ages will enjoy and the characters are realistic, the images are so detailed that there’s lots to look at on each page. I know this one is not seen as Julia Donaldson but it is a tale with a lot more going on, there’s so much to discuss and the characters are engaging – it’s a real hit with us! A heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty – and kittens!
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda Armitage
A classic picture book that will stand reading over and over again. The vocabulary is surprisingly advanced for what looks at first glance like a very simple picture book and my 6 year old is fascintated by trying to use and understand the new words. There are lots of little details in the illustrations that appeal to older children but younger children love the cheeky seagulls and the inventive ways the wife in the story tries to fight off the seagulls!
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I’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for books that work well with children of different ages! What are your favourite reads?