Here are a few books we’ve been reading over the last month or so, mostly with a Christmas theme!
Athena and the Magic Chair
LP and Little Man love personalised books and the Magic Chair book is one of the most beautiful ones we have seen. Centred around the child, LP in this case, you are able to design a character that looks just like the child – with the right hair colour, eye colour and skin tone.
LP loved that she had a book all about her, with a character that looked like her too. The Magic Chair is a really festive story, all about Father Christmas and his travels. It was so nice to read and with each page beautifully illustrated it’s the perfect book for a family to enjoy together.
The Magic Chair would make such a wonderful gift this Christmas and you can order for Christmas delivery all the way until 9th December. LP loves her book and Little Man loves reading it with her – seeing his sister on each page.
The European Tour of Troy Wishart
Little Man loves books with him in too – although in this personalised book he’s a racoon! The book follow’s Little Man’s journey around Europe, learning new words and a little bit of the culture as he goes.
The European Tour is based around the alphabet and each page, and country, ends with another letter of the alphabet being found. The book is great for Little Man with it’s beautiful illustrations and rhyming text but as he grows he’ll be able to really learn more about Europe too. A great book for any age child.
Handstand is such a lovely book that teaches numbers and counting although in a completely different way to normal. It only goes up to seven but uses repetition and verse to really reinforce the numbers and is much more fun than a typical count to ten book.
The book follows the main character trying to do a handstand for as long as possible and the things that happens to her whilst handstanding. The illustrations are so different to other books we’ve read with a sketchbook feel and LP and Little Man really loved looking at the pictures throughout the book.
Refuge is a new take on the classic Christmas story – but from the perspective of the donkey. It’s simply written, full of emotion and with illustrations that the children loved.
The story was easy enough for even Little Man to understand and it tells the basic principles of the story without going into too much detail. A really lovely version of the Christmas story for any age family member.
The Winter Fox
LP and Little Man loved The Winter Fox. The illustrations were beautiful and each page had some metallic aspects of the text too, making it just so beautiful to look at. The story talks about all the animals getting ready for winter and helping each other.
The Winter Fox is a lovely tale of friendship, working together, sharing skills and team work. It also teaches a lot about winter, what happens to animals during winter and is really just a wonderful story to read with the children at this time of year.
Daisy Darling – Let’s Have Lunch
Let’s Have Lunch is the latest in the Daisy Darling series of books. This book follows Daddy giving Daisy her lunch and Little Man and LP loved the rhyming text in the book and the humorous illustrations.
The book is one that both adults and children can relate to and it’s a nice size book that children can hold easily but is also the right length for a story at any time of the day.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favourite children’s stories and one I remember from my own childhood. It’s a story that has been retold countless times and this version may be the most beautiful one I have seen so far.
The book is a large size hard back book with a beautifully illustrated dust cover over it. The illustrations continue inside the book and really kept LP and Little Man’s attention throughout. The whole book was lovely for them to not only listen to but have such wonderful illustrations too. If you are looking for a timeless book that will last generations and look beautiful on any bookshelf this could well be it.
Sleeping Beauty – A Mid-Century Fairy Tale
I have read Sleeping Beauty so many times and the children are so familiar with it but Sleeping Beauty – A Mid-Century Fairy Tale is so fresh and new – a really modern update of the classic fairytale.
This book has such lovely illustrations and LP and Little Man loved the new spin on one of their favourite stories. It brings Sleeping Beauty right through to the modern day and it was a really lovely read. It’s the sort of book that children will treasure forever.
The Christmas Fairy
The Christmas Fairy was one of LP’s favourite books this month. It’s written in rhyme which makes it fun to follow for the children but also makes it memorable. LP loved that Clara the fairy had ginger hair like her and she really enjoyed learning about Clara’s fairy lessons and her ambition to sit on top of a Christmas tree.
We loved reading The Christmas Fairy and it was such a lovely book to enjoy at this time of year. It’s a nice length for bedtime or just a quick read at any time of the day and the illustrations are brightly coloured and beautiful. This book will give anyone a warm fuzzy feeling and a little bit of Christmas cheer.
Quack and Field – Trampolining
Last month I shared Quack and Field – Swimming but this month we were sent the Quack and Field Trampolining book. It’s the same style of book with lovable characters teaching the reader all about trampolining – the process, the different moves and styles and how the scoring system works.
LP and Little Man loved the antics that the characters got up to and laughed at the different animals’ personalities. It was a fun book that they both really enjoyed reading.
The Princess and the Christmas Rescue
I loved The Princess and the Christmas Rescue almost as much as the children. It’s a book that’s made to be loved and treasured, with a hard back finish and beautiful illustrations. The story is written in verse which makes it so engaging and easy to read – it may well be one of the most read books this Christmas.
The book tells how the Princess is quite solitary, happy making things and being creative but her parents want her to make friends and get outside more. In the end she makes friends without even trying and her parents learn to embrace and love her creative side. It’s a really lovely book with a feel good story and really lovable characters.
LP and Little Man love Elmer and he’s a character I loved as a child too. But, as well as Elmer’s usual adventures LP and Little Man can now read about Elmer’s Christmas. Any fan of Elmer will love this book – that comes in both a large paperback or baby board version.
The illustrations are beautiful and will be familiar to anyone who has already been introduced to Elmer. The story tells of how Elmer and his elephant friends prepare for Christmas and it’s such a lovely story, one LP and Little Man really enjoyed.
Odd Socks isn’t a Christmas story but it’s one we’ve still really been enjoying this month. It tells the story of two socks and their lives together before being separated. It’s fun, with quirky illustrations and just the fact it showed socks with faces on made the children laugh so much.
This is such a lovely book for any story time. It’s so much fun to read and has a really lovely and unexpected ending. It’s one the children now ask to read again and again.
Tell My Story: Imagination Book
Little Man was sent the Tell My Story Imagination book and I couldn’t wait to see his reaction. The book is personalised throughout with his name and photo and he loved being in the book.
Each page features Little Man doing a different job or playing a different role – from flying a rocket to being underwater and working in a circus. It shows all the things that children can do inside their own imaginations.
This was such a beautiful book and I love that it’s hard back to make it as long lasting as possible. It’s a book that Little Man will really enjoy indefinitely and has a classic, timeless appeal – and child would love a book where they are the main character. This would make a wonderful gift this Christmas.
Disclosure: The above books were sent to us for inclusion in this post however all opinions are my own.