We have been enjoying lots of new books this month, and have struggled to narrow it down to just 5 that we have loved! J was lucky enough to get some lovely books for Easter, and the local library has been a great source of ideas as well. Don’t be afraid to take your babies and young children to the library – you won’t be thrown out if they are not silent! Children’s areas are always really colourful, really comfortable, and have lots of books and toys to entertain them. It’s also worth checking out what groups your library has to offer as well – they are usually free, and are a great way for kids to interact with each other, and give them an early love of reading. Anyway, here are my top 5 musical books for April 2017:
1. The Mouse Who Sailed the Seas – Amy Sparkes & Nick East
Suitable for: Ages 3 – 5 years
This book is very silly and very funny. It’s all about a mouse who sails the seas in search of cheese. On his way he finds bumblebees, aliens like purple peas, goats with very hairy knees, and elves who have a magic sneeze! The rhymes are very entertaining, with lots of scope for sound effects and daft voices… The story actually rounds off really nicely, and I think this is one you will be made to read again and again – it’s really catchy!
2. It’s a Little Baby – Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb
Suitable for: Age 1 – 3 years
This is a very novel board book, written by the writer of The Gruffalo. It has lots of flaps to lift, to find all the different babies that are hiding on each page. The words are simple, and there are instructions to encourage your baby to peep, point, wave, clap, and dance. Even more interesting, is that a song has been written using these lyrics, and this can be downloaded to listen and sing to as you look through the book! It has a memorable melody, and makes reading this book even more enjoyable.
3. Splat! Little Cow – Jo Lodge
Suitable for: Ages 3 – 5 years
Bright, bold, and simple – this book is so eye-catching for little children. Each page has an easy-to-grab pull-tab, to make the cow move a different body part, and they will love the big SPLAT at the end. This will be a well-loved, well-handled book , which will teach children all about cows and the noises they make!
4. Pop Art Baby! My First Words – Keith Haring
Suitable for 1 – 5 years
If you love the visual arts as much as you love music, this is definitely a good choice for you and your little one. This is a small board book, with each page featuring a pop art image of a simple theme. Next to it is the word in English, French, Spanish, and German! Children are said to recognise their mother-tongue by 6 months of age, so watch their surprise and delight when you speak in a different language (don’t forget the exaggerated accent!). The pictures are really lovely in this book, and kids will enjoy the surprise at the end!
5. Nursery Rhymes Book – V-Tech
Suitable for: Ages 3-24 months
This plastic book features 6 nursery rhymes:
- Hey Diddle Diddle
- Humpty Dumpty
- London Bridge
- Ring a Ring o’ Roses
- Twinkle Twinkle
- The Wheels on the Bus
As you turn to each page, the book plays or sings the first 2 lines of each nursery rhyme, and there are arrows you can press on the spine of the book to choose which one you would like to hear. It is colourful, musical, and lots of fun. It’s a great book for babies to be able to flick through themselves, as it does all the reading for you! Each page has big tabs on it, so they are easy to grab hold of and turn.