Bedtime stories this week have been a bit haphazard. We’ve had more daytime stories than anything else! We have been reading our Baby Steps to Literacy books, and I’ll tell you those next week.
On Monday we visited the library and read Moo Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk?
This is a story along the lines of baa baa black sheep, that tells of where products come from. For example eggs come from hens, milk from cows, and wool from sheep. At the end of the book the milk is for making the boy sleepy before bed, so it could be a bedtime story. We read it a couple of times in the library, but it didn’t make it to the pile of books to borrow, so read it again rating is only 2/5.
Tuesday’s story was this simple book of animal sounds: the selfish crocodile book of Sounds.
As a story it’s not a rip roarin’ read. For a toddler its a fun book; animal noises are always great! Read it again rating is 2/5 again – I love the simple illustrations and James giggles if we read it, but there’s no story there.
Each Wednesday we go to our local children’s centre for story time. The children have a snack, a craft activity, usually sensory play, singing, and lots of books – all around a theme. It’s really good. This week the ‘book bus’ visited. After their snack the children were divided into two groups and went onto the bus. It is a library bus with animals painted on the outside. Inside there are lots of toy animals. James sat on a ladybird cushion, which he loved.
The story in the bus was Dear Zoo. We love this book and read it often. James can recite it without any prompts. I like discovering that there are different versions of this book, for example pop-up, touch and feel, and others.
After Dear Zoo, we sand Old MacDonald Had A Zoo, with the pages of the book providing the animals. Great fun.
On Thursday we read Sylvia and Bird by Catherine Rayner about fifty million times before bed. It is lucky that it’s a nice book!
On Friday I had the worst experience of bedtime ever. Two screaming, tired boys is not fun. It’s best to not mention it anymore, but safe to say 8:30 was definitely wine o’clock for me.
Saturday’s bedtime story was read to James by his mar-mar, my mum. He had Goodnight Moon, which is another firm favourite here.
What have you been reading this week?