This month we discovered Bookstart! If you’ve not heard of this initiative, you must explore further because they really are fab. They are a service that aims to get children reading, and to encourage a love of books from a young age. Every child is entitled to free packs of books. The first should be given by your health visitor around your child’s first birthday, and the second will be given at nursery at around age 3-4. If you miss out on either of these packs, you can also get them from your local library. Bookstart also offer free storytime and rhymetime sessions at the library, to make reading fun and exciting. Their website is absolutely packed with activities and helpful suggestions about suitable books as well! Here are some of the musical books we have been enjoying in July 2017 (including our free Bookstart gifts):
1. Baby Faces – Dawn Sirett
Suitable for: 0 – 18 months
This is a Bookstart freebie! It is a cool board book, which is a good introduction to books for babies. It is all about the different expressions you can make with your face. There are lots of vibrant pictures of different babies (little ones love looking at faces), and a fun rhyme that runs through the book. It encourages the expression of different emotions, and finishes with a cheeky ‘peekaboo’. Babies will enjoy copying these different faces, and you can have great fun exaggerating the expressions.
2. Peace At Last – Jill Murphy
Suitable for: 4 – 7 years
So much nostalgia with this book – it took me right back to my childhood! This is a classic, and with good reason. It’s all about Mr Bear and the difficulties he has getting to sleep. First Mrs Bear is snoring too loud, then Baby Bear is playing too loudly. Wherever he goes, there is too much noise! Your children will love his frustrations, and will enjoy making lots of noisy sounds as you read this lovely story together. A great bedtime story.
3. The Blue Train
Suitable for : 1 -3 years
J loves this book. Luke actually discovered it when in the barbers with J, and it was the perfect distraction. He liked it so much that his Grandma found it and bought him a copy! It tells the story of The Blue Train, and his journey through the country. There are lots of choo-choo sound effects, and the button makes a great train noise. The pictures are bright and colourful – this is a great book for little ones with an early love of trains.
4. Where’s Bear? – Emily Gravett
Suitable for: Age 1 – 3 years
Another Bookstart freebie! This is a cute board book about a game of hide-and-seek between Bear and Hare. It has very few words, and focuses on the rhyming of ‘bear’, ‘hare’ and ‘there’. It’s a very good introduction to language, and the way that the meaning of words changes depending on how we say them. It will require lots of animated story-telling from you! The pictures are very amusing.
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