June 2017: 4 Best Children’s Books (With A Musical Theme)

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With J’s first birthday just around the corner, we have been making a few changes in his bedroom. He is no longer the little newborn that he was only yesterday, and he is showing his own interests and personality. We have sold his changing table, which he lasted about 3 weeks on before trying to wriggle off. We have moved all of his toys downstairs to make a toy room under the stairs (it’s so nice to be able to close the door on all the mess at the end of the day). The thing I am most excited about is the reading corner, full of children’s books, that we are creating!

We have given a whole shelving unit over to J’s large selection of books. He loves nothing more than pulling all his books off the shelf, and looking through his favourites. We’ve put all his board books at his level, and the ones that could get damaged are all out of reach. We have been looking at various teepees, to create a really snuggly reading environment. We’ve not chosen one yet, but are exploring things like thisthis and this. We’re going to have cushions, fairy lights and blankets – creating a magical space for bedtime reading 🙂 Pictures will follow as soon as we have finished!

Here are our favourite books for June 2017:

1. Monkey’s Sandwich – Michelle Robinson & Emily Fox

Suitable for: 1 – 5 years

Monkey’s Sandwich is a brilliantly funny story. It’s a all about a monkey who wakes up starving, and borrows different foods from all of his friends to make an epic sandwich! The rhymes are really original, and the pictures are so bright and colourful. The foods all sound very delicious, and would definitely help to encourage fussy eaters. We have read this story over and over this week – J loves the rhythm of the words. Highly recommended as a book to entertain adults as well as children.

2. Before I Wake Up – Britta Teckentrup

Suitable for: 3 – 6 years

This is such a special book, with the most beautiful illustrations. It is a calming book, which is perfect for bedtime reading. It tells the story of all the adventures you will get up to while you are asleep, before waking to a brand new day. This is a very gentle book , with a lovely rhyming text, which really helps children to wind down before bed. It would be very appropriate for any kids that are worried about going to sleep. The hardback cover, and gorgeous pictures, make this a very nice keepsake, which you will treasure for years to come.

3. Tails – Matthew Van Fleet 

Suitable for: 1 – 5 years

I remember this book from when I was little, and it’s great to see that it has stood the test of time! It’s a great book for exploration. There are different tails to touch and feel, flaps to open, tabs to pull, and even something to scratch and smell… Anticipation is built through the book, as the rhyming words are often hidden, waiting to be found. Very descriptive, colourful, and has a lovely flow to the words.

4. Four Silly Skeletons – Mark Sperring & Sue Hendra

Suitable for: 1 – 5 years

This book is pretty addictive in its silliness! It’s all about 4 skeletons who go out dancing in the moonlight, only to fall down a big steep cliff…. Luckily, their Auntie June is on hand to put them back together again. The layout of this book is very fun, with lots of colours on a black and white background. There are lots of cool music references:

‘So, four silly skeletons shimmied down the hill with a SWISH and a SWAY and a LEAP and a TWIRL. Rhumba, samba…well, look at them all go, bone-rocking, high-kicking TO and funny FRO.’

The dancing rhythms are enough to make you want to jive around the room with them!

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