I haven't posted in a while about what we are reading at the moment, but we have been reading a huge amount of books with LO. Bedtime can be quite a drawn out affair as he loves reading so much- we read about 4 books every night before bed, and probably 2 at nap time. But I'm just glad he is so into reading. In the past month or two, he's really started engaging with the stories too, so I thought this year I'd start to switch his books up with the different holidays and seasons. I love Halloween and LO has been taking lots of interest in our decorations around the house, so I thought I'd get a few more Halloween books to go with those we already had and his collection of Autumn books.
Books can be quite expensive, so I just buy a few new ones and then scour our local library too. I'm quite picky about which books I get for LO and always like to look inside at the font size, number of words on a page, pictures and whether I think he'll be able to join in parts of the story. Some of the books below are better for joining in with than others, but there's a good mix for toddlers and young children. I saw Alex's (from Bump to Baby) recent post on their Halloween bookshelf, and loved how Alex showed inside the books- what a fab idea! For me, I can't stand it when you buy a book online and you have no idea what it's like inside, so I thought I'd do something similar and show what each of our books is like inside to give an idea of the font size and pictures. So here is what's on our Autumn/Halloween bookshelf.
Creaky Castle by Jane Clarke & Christyan Fox: LO wasn't sure about this one at first but now he loves reading it. There's not too many words and lots of flap doors to open on each page with fantastic spooky illustrations.
Funnybones by Janet & Allan Ahlberg: I remember my younger sister reading this when she was 3 or 4 and she loved it. It's quite long and with a lot of words so I tend to read my own version to LO, talking about what's happening in the pictures.
Mystery Tour by Allan Ahlberg & Andre Amstutz: Again, very similar to Funnybones, with nice illustrations. LO is starting to understand the 'dark dark' pattern in the words and will try to join in.
A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies: This isn't a Halloween book, but it's a lovely collection of poems to look at and talk about as it goes through the 4 seasons of the year. There are lots of poems relating to Autumn with beautiful illustrations, like this one about Harvest.
Peppa's Pumpkin Party: We are huge fans of the Peppa board books in out house and between the ones we own and the ones we have got from the library, we have read a lot in the collection. We find the illustrations bright and engaging and the stories aren't too long. I like how they're not too big and so I'll always throw one in the change bag if we are going out somewhere.
That's When I'm Happy by Beth Shoshan: This is such a cute little story about a bear family and all the things baby bear does to make himself happy. It's set in Autumn time and the illustrations make you feel all cosy reading it.
Spot's Spooky Fun by Eric Hill: This is a lovely quick read even though it's actually a bit young for LO now. Still, he can talk about what's happening in the pictures.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler: We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson, especially when the books are illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This is quite a long book for a 2 year old but the rhyming words and illustrations make it an interesting read. You can also get a sound button version of this book.
Autumn by Ailie Busby: This is a cute little autumn themed story I found on Amazon. The illustrations are lovely and it teaches little ones about the cycles of the year and all the lovely things we can do inside and outside in Autumn.
Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler: This is another little book all about things which happen in Autumn like raking up leaves, windy days, going pumpkin picking and seeing leaves change colour on the trees.
So that's what we are reading at the moment. I think it's definitely made LO much more aware of Halloween. What are your little ones favourite Autumn or Halloween themed books? Where do you find the best places to get your little one's books from?