In my bid to be more active here on the blog, once a month I'll be doing a short wrap up of the books I've been reading with my 5-year-old, Rosie.
I do share a lot of our books on Instagram, so feel free to follow over there for more regular kids book updates.
This wrap up will probably be a little longer than most, as it's the first one, I'll probably feature a few more books.
As always, you can click on the title to visit Goodreads:
The Children of Cherry Tree Farm by Enid Blyton - So, I admit that I've never read Enid Blyton's books before. I think I may have read a short story of hers when I was younger, something about a magic wand and a wishing well, I think, but I'm not entirely sure. So, I wasn't prepared for how much Rosie loved this book. After just a few chapters, she was obsessed. She's quite a wild child anyway and adores nature so this book really resonated with her. She fell in love with the characters and all of the animals and asks at least once per week for her own living treehouse. Personally, I found the language a little old fashioned and problematic and so I did change a word or two here and there, but the story was cute and very much enjoyed by us both.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne - I really, really struggled to read Winnie the Pooh, I just couldn't settle into a good flow with the language and so I turned to the local library audiobook service to help me out. We chose the version narrated by Bernard Cribbins, whose Eeyore voice sounds extremely like my granddad and this was much more enjoyable for us both. Rosie particularly enjoyed drawing what was happening in the story while listening to it.
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love - This book was really great. It has a fantastic message of being true to yourself and really beautiful illustrations. Our only complaint, it was too short!
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton - Our second Enid Blyton book was much more fantastical than the first and certainly no less enjoyable. This story was really imaginative and, while we discovered that we were actually reading the second book in the series without reading the first, we didn't feel as though we'd missed anything. Rosie really enjoyed the concept of the Magic Faraway Tree and loved to talk about and draw the different lands and the funny, whimsical characters. She was very excited to find that there are another three books in this series.
You Can Never Run Out of Love by Helen Docherty & Ali Pye - This story is adorable and one of my personal favourites. It's a great little story that's perfect for sharing a little quiet time together.
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack & Stevie Lewis - This story is one of our absolute favourites. I love it because it's a fantastic LGBT fairytale and Rosie loves it because it's cute, has dragons and her favourite part is when they get married.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole - Another one of our absolute favourites. This book is adorable. It's the perfect kid's book!
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher (Musical Edition) - Rosie is obsessed with this audiobook right now. Admittedly, I haven't listened to it the entire way through as she's been listening to it before bed but she loves the songs and the story and won't stop drawing what she's imagined.
And that's all for now! I hope you've enjoyed my first kid's book roundup, please do let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for books you think my kiddo would enjoy!
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About Kayleigh (She/Her)
Book addict, film mad, music lover, business owner, writer and mum (not necessarily in that order), living in the UK.
About Sophie (She/Her)
Sophie loves books (obviously). She has a passion for photography and spotting wildlife, and is interested in anything made with passion and creativity.
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5 Stars - AMAZING!!
4.5 Stars - Almost perfect!
4 Stars - I really loved it
3.5 Stars - I liked it alot
3 Stars - I liked it
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