Books for Children – Best of December 2016

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Reading is one of the most rewarding activities you can do with your children. It is a lovely bonding experience, which will help their language and communication skills. It will also enhance their imagination, test their problem solving skills, and improve their ability to concentrate. Making time to read a story every day, perhaps as part of a bedtime routine, will help your child to develop a true love of literature. Here is a selection of my favourite books for children this month, all with a musical theme or rhythmic nature:

Books for babies aged 0-3 years

You may feel silly reading books to a baby, as they do not understand the words. However, reading to them is one of the best ways for them to learn! They will love looking at the pictures and listening to the expression in your voice.

The Twelve Days of Christmas 

You can read or, better still, sing this colourful board book! The repetitive nature of the song allows you to flip back and forth through the book to see each character, and your baby will enjoy hearing you crooning. Furthermore, the numbers 1-12 are repeated many times, to help your little one with their counting.

 The Christmas Bear – Ian Whybrow

With pictures by the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this board book is very vivid, and full of lovely detail. It follows the story of a bear who has to find his way into Santa’s sleigh and into the little boy’s stocking, after he gets left behind on Christmas Eve. The rhymes are lovely and very magical and there are interesting flaps to peer under on each page. There are so many things to look at, that it is different on every reading!

Books for children aged 3-7 years

The Stick Man – Julia Donaldson

With a film and new stage show, The Stick Man, has become something of a classic Christmas book. It follows the plight of Stick Man as he gets separated from his family tree, travelling further and further until only Santa can be relied on to return him to his Stick Lady Love and his three stick children. The words have a brilliant energy, due to the clever rhyming pattern, and the catchy refrain: ‘I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me.’

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