Thursday, 19 February 2015

What we are reading: 18 months old edition

It's a well known fact among our family and friends how much Little One loves books and reading. If he had his way, we would end up reading around 8 books each evening before bed (we currently read between 2 and 4!). In fact, when I pack his change bag to go somewhere, we will tend to throw a book or two in, especially if we are going to eat somewhere as it's a sure fire way to keep him entertained for ages. 

He doesn't own that many books. He's got a good selection though, and along side the books he's received as gifts or books which I used to have as a child, he also has a regular stash of library books. We make a little trip down to our local village library on a Wednesday morning every 3 weeks, and it's one of his favourite things to do. Although only small, we are always the only people in there and the selection of toddler's and children's books is amazing. Some of them have never even been read. I can definitely recommend taking your little one to the library if you haven't been before, as it's totally free and lots of fun. 

At 18 months, we are very much in that fun stage of reading where we can say a word or the name of a picture and he will copy it and then find it on the page. I am constantly on the look out for books which feature tractors, farm animals, cats, dogs, mice and owls as he just loves spotting them and telling us what sounds they make. 

I like to switch up his books quite regularly, and keep some downstairs and some up in his room. I'd quite like to get a better book display solution but for now we keep them above a brick alcove shelf in his room which means he can reach them himself when he wants to read. 

Here is what we have been reading recently:

Where's Spot? - Eric Hill
Peace at Last - Jill Murphy
The Love in my Heart - Tim Bugbird

Pip and Posy - The Big Balloon - Axel Scheffler
Peppa Pig Sports Day
Poppy Cat's Counting Adventure - Based on illustrations by Lara Jones

On the Farm
Lego Duplo Set- Busy Farm
The Green Tractor

That's not my truck - Fiona Watts
Handa's Surprise - Eileen Browne
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown

Little Learning Library - Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

How we display books in Little One's bedroom. As our house is a converted barn we have a lot of exposed stone and brickwork like this in his room. I love the style of the painted brickwork and the wooden shelves are ideal for holding books and some of his other trinkets (although ideally we'd like some higher up shelves for these). 

I hope this gives you some nice ideas of books to read with your little ones. We have found these to be ideal for Little One, who is 18 months old. 

This week we are linking up with Chantelle over at Mama Mummy Mum for the Read With Me linky. 



  1. The Mother says - Firstly, loving how you display your books - stunning. You've got a few of my favourites there as we collected Eric Carle books and pretty much everything else and displayed it to - he was one of our favourites when Lucas was younger. You've also shown one of my all time faves; Peace at Last. I used to love reading that and now I read it to my niece. Loved reading this post x #readwithme

  2. A brilliant selection there. Peace at last is one of my favourites. And you have them displayed so nicely!! thanks for sharing with #readwithme


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