Since my first daughter Grace arrived, right up until now with our second, Anna, on the scene, reading has been an essential part of our night time routine. There's not many better feelings as a dad than having your kid on your knee for story time. It has definitely helped build a strong bond with my daughter and I also put a big part of that down to the books (and authors) themselves.
I have read a few absolute stinkers in my time as Head Reader of the House. Honestly, some of the cheap knock off versions of old fairy tales are awful and I'm not a massive fan of Disney's book versions of the films. So I reckon I have the experience now to distinguish the wheat from the chaff.
Presented to you is my top five recommended reads for toddlers (or any age really!) I'd love to know yours in the comments.
Fox's Socks (and the rest of the Tales from Acorn Wood series)
Great Line: " In a cupboard up high, he finds his bow tie".
"WOW" said the Owl!
Great Line: "She couldn't believe her eyes! The sky was a warm and wonderful pink".
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Great Line: "The tiger didn't eat just one bun. He ate all the buns on the dish."
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Great Line: "The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf, and after that he felt much better".
Room on the Broom (in Scots)
Great Line:"'Aye!' cried the witch, sae the burd flaffed on board. The witch chapped the bizzum and wheech! aff they soared."
I could really just make this a list of seven but I'll just give quick mentions to The Gruffalo's Wean (in Scots) by Julia Donaldson and How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.
Grace's album of the week
This week, we have been boogie-ing along to The Wild, The Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen. I, I mean Grace, have always been a fan of Bruce's stuff from Born to Run onwards but just haven't given the time to the first two records. But on the recommendation of a friend I picked this one up at HMV. Only £12.99 as well, which is too good to pass up. And I'm totally glad I did as it shows Bruce demonstrating his lyrical chops via storytelling brilliance.
Anna's score prediction
It's a biggie this weekend for the Gers, away to Hibs. After a rocky start, the Hibees are on a streak but then the Gers are on an even better streak. Oduwa didn't play against St. Mirren, which was just as well, given the thug Goodwin was on the field. But Hibs ain't a dirty side and their expansive play should allow Oduwa to exploit spaces in their play. Anna reckons however, that the Gers simply have better players and think a 2-1 away win is on the cards.