Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that it is World Book Day this Thursday. Across the country parents are trying desperately to make/ buy appropriate costumes (Elsa definitely counts, right? I mean, there were books written about the movie surely?!) and bizarrely turn muddy spuds in to favourite book characters. I honestly have no idea what that is all about, but it’s quite a fun activity all the same. We somehow managed to turn a tattie in to The Cat in the Hat last year, which you can see here.
I love world book day. I have always been a bit of a book worm, and it’s something I’m keen to pass on to my children. Any day dedicated to reading, and encouraging children to really get in to stories gets a massive thumbs up from me. This year, the kids have been asked to make hand puppets. We haven’t started on them yet because we only found out about it on Monday. I’m panicking a bit because it’s Tuesday, and book day is on Thursday! Meaning we only have tomorrow to complete them….. Oh dear!
In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to share our family favourite books. So here, in no particular order, are our favourite children’s stories.
The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
This is probably the kids favourite. I think they went through a stage where they asked for this every night, and it shows in the condition of the book. It’s a bit old looking and the pages are all creased, but that’s fine because it just shows that a book has been well loved. The kids particularly love it when Daddy reads this to them, as he does fantastic voices for all of the characters, and they just find it hilarious. I would love to take the children to a Gruffalo trail, but there aren’t any here in Northern Ireland which I’m gutted about!
The Princess and the Wizard – Julia Donaldson
This is Caitlin’s favourite, because it is filled with sparkles and features a princess, and she loves princesses. It’s a story about a princess out smarting a nasty wizard to escape his capture. It’s certainly not my favourite from Julia Donaldson but it is a sweet story, and there is glitter all over the pages, and who doesn’t love glitter?
The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss
Dr Seuss is my absolute favourite, I don’t think I have read anything from him that I haven’t loved. The Cat in the Hat seems to be the kids favourite. Neil used to ask for this most days, along with watching the film version (which people seemed to slate, but I thought it was good!). It is such a fun book, and you can’t help but smile as you read it. Can you believe this was first published 1957!?
Oh The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
Oh The Places You’ll Go was the last book to be published in his lifetime, and it is probably my favourite of all of his books. This isn’t necessarily a favourite of my children, but I have thrown this in to my list because me and my husband like it so much. It’s a story about life, and all of the challenges you may face on your journey. I read this to the kids regularly, and hope that the message stays with them as they get older… That sometimes things don’t go so well but if you keep going you will be alright, and that you can take on the world if you want!
As you can see, there is a pattern to our favourite family books. I couldn’t think of any that we really love that were not written by either Julia Donaldson or Dr Seuss! My personal favourite children’s books are the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton, but the kids haven’t had experience of those books yet so I didn’t think it would be right to include them. I do have the collection ready to read to the,me hen they see the right age though!
What book do you and your children love reading together? I would love to find some more family classics that we may not yet have read!