It’s World Book Day! Hurrah! What a fantastic day for us all to celebrate the magical world of literature, the creativity and wonder that is the written word. Oh don’t you just love it so? The feel and smell of a book. So many possibilities, adventures, and new friends all sitting comfortably within your hands. Don’t you just LOVE books! YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! You will always be my first love and forever have a place in my little bunny heart.
Today beautiful readers I thought I would share with you our top 10 favourite children’s books. Some are happy memories from when I was growing up while others are more recent discoveries with our little Sharkodiles, our boys. We hold these books close to our hearts and can’t wait for our favourite part of the day. Story time! Enjoy!
1.) The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck By Beatrix Potter
This was my absolute favourite book growing up. I loved that silly duck. Beatrix Potter IS my childhood. Bunnies in petticoats and hedgehogs washing clothes. But out of all of them I love Jemima the most because I saw a lot of myself in her. Determined and down right stubborn. Refuses to listen to anyone and will do it her way every-time. Silly duck.
2.) The Tiger Who Came to Tea By Judith Kerr
I always dreamed about a tiger knocking at my front door and scoffing the last of the cake when I was younger. This story always makes me smile at how enchanting it is. Just the thought of a Tiger coming into your house and drinking all your tea sets me off into giggles. My boys adore this story along with my tiger impression. More tea anyone?
3.) Mog the Forgetful Cat By Judith Kerr
Another classic by Kerr. One of my favourite cats along with the Tiger is Mog. Much like Jemima I saw myself in her. Silly and very, very clumsy. I dreamed of having a Mog cat of my very own growing up. Now we have a tuxedo kitty who is just as loving and silly as the original. Bother that cat.
4.) The Enormous Crocodile By Roald Dahl
I used to carry this book around with me I loved it that much. And now my boys have fallen in love with it too. Got to have a bit of Roald Dahl in your life. The man was a genius and I wish I could have had a chat with him in his garden shed with tea and cake about all things books.
5.) The Gruffalo By Julia Donaldson
I never read this one until my son picked it up off the bookshelf for his bedtime story. A relative had gotten it for him for his birthday and it was the first I had ever heard of it. Safe to say that after one reading, the boy was obsessed. He wanted Gruffalo everything! And what’s even more awesome is he has started reading along with us.
6.) Five Minutes’ Peace By Jill Murphy
Now I am a mother of two boys I can totally relate to Mrs Large. Finding five minutes’ peace with children is a nightmare. As a child I really liked the detail of the drawings and just found something very charming about this book.
7.) Aaaarrgghh! Spider! By Lydia Monks
A find by our eldest. We have read this book a million times. So much so we know it word for word. If you haven’t you should definitely check this one out. It makes you look at spiders in a different light. A cute and awww kinda light.
8.) Dogger By Shirley Hughes
I always wanted a cuddly dog like Dogger as a child. I have no idea why (I’m more of a cat person) but I just wanted one so badly. The thought of losing your favorite toy is every childs worst nightmare. But the relief you feel when you find it again, really makes you realise how lost you feel without it. That’s the beauty and innocence of being young. Today we have a heart attack if we lose our phones. Oh how things have changed.
9.) The Jolly Postman By Allan Ahlberg
This book was an awesome read as a kid. It was so interactive. You got to open the letters and read them! It could be a postcard, a magazine subscription or even a birthday card with some money inside. Not real money unfortunately but as a child it was a pretty cool thing to have.
10.) Letterland Abc By Lyn Wendon
My first early memories of learning the alphabet are from this book. In school they would have big posters of each letter around the classroom. Kicking King and Robber Red were how I learned my A B C. It’s so strange to think that this book is now teaching my sons. Crazy!
I hope you all have a booktastic World Book Day (bad pun I know but I couldn’t help myself) Whether you’re dressing up, snuggling with your old favourites under a blanket or going on an exciting adventure with a new read. Enjoy and have fun. BOOKS!!!! READ!!! BOOOOOOOKS! I LOVE BOOKS!!!
We will be having tea with a tiger before venturing off into the woods to look for a Gruffalo and then waddling home like ducks past our friend Jemima in time for dinner with our crocodile friends. Bliss.
Let me know your favourite books in the comments! I would love to hear about them.
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