One of the things the Little Man loves is being read to. He's been read to by his Grandma, Grandpa, the hubs and myself since infancy.
In this post, I'll share 10 of the books Little Man and I enjoy reading together, and I'll focus on books with wonderful rhyme and rhythm which we've read since he was 1+ and still enjoy now.
Rhymes are important as they help children to focus on the sounds in words, which would later help them to distinguish the phonetic constituents of words, which in turn will help them learn to read when the time comes.
Books with flowing rhythm are so much fun to read. Thus, they are more engaging for the younger ones as compared to prose. In addition, rhythm helps children to follow sound patterns, which would in turn help them to develop language. Apparently, rhythms help create neural pathways as well. (Even better!)
1. MONKEY PUZZLE
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
By the creators of well-known The Gruffalo, this book is about a lost monkey and a butterfly who tries to helps him out but keeps getting it wrong. It has beautifully detailed pictures, a catchy rhythm and wonderful rhyme. Little Man learned to identify several animals reading this book.
Strangely, on Amazon.com, it is known as Where's My Mum?
Buy on Book Depository: Monkey Puzzle
by Cynthia Platt and Veronica Vasylenko
The Little Man loves this bouncing story about hungry Little Beckett in search of bamboo. He does not notice all the other hungry pandas following behind him, leading, naturally, to panda-monium.
Buy on Amazon: Panda-moniumn
Buy on Book Depository: Panda-monium
3. THE VERY CRANKY BEAR
by Nick Bland
I love this one! Four animal friends want a warm dry place to play on a cold, rainy day. But a very cranky bear is in the cave they found. Can they cheer him up and convince him to share the cave? The rhythm and rhyme in this one are fantastic. I always have so much fun reading this to the Little Man. I suspect I like this more than he does and he lets me read this book to him because I enjoy it so.
Buy on Amazon: The Very Cranky Bear
Buy on Book Depository: The Very Cranky Bear
4. FREDDIE AND THE FAIRY
by Julia Donaldson and Karen George
By Julia Donaldson, who also wrote The Gruffalo, this book is brilliant. She worked with a different illustrator this time, and the drawings are absolutely charming. Freddie helped out a fairy who was tangled in a tree, so she wants to thank him by granting him all his wishes. However, she's a little hard of hearing and he mumbles.
The Little Man used to insist that I read this book to me the moment he woke up, so I had it memorised and would flip the pages and recite it from memory with my eyes closed.
The above is the Little Man's illustration of the fairy all tangled in a tree done when he was 2 yrs 4 months old.
Buy on Amazon: Freddie and the Fairy
Buy on Book Depository: Freddie and the Fairy
5. UPSYDOWN TOWN
by Sue Hendra
This is another book that I had to memorise so that I could 'read' it in the mornings. It is a fun book about how everything is upside down in Upsydown Town.
Buy on Amazon: Upsydown Town
Buy on Book Depository: Upsydown Town
6. THE DINOSAUR THAT POOPED CHRISTMAS
by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter
One of Little Man's all time favourite books! A festive tale about Danny and his Christmas present - a hungry dinosaur that ate up Christmas. What goes in must come out... Gross, but I guess all kids like gross stuff.
Buy on Amazon: The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas
Buy on Book Depository: The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas
7. THE DINOSAUR WHO LOST HIS ROAR
by Russell Punter and Andy Elkerton
Another dinosaur title that my not very dinosaur crazy boy loves. Sid loves to scare his friends with his very loud roar. What would happen if he lost his voice? Once again, the flowing rhythm and rhyme make this very enjoyable.
Buy on Amazon: The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar
Buy on Book Depository: The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar
8. ANTS IN YOUR PANTS
by Julia Jarman and Guy Parker-Rees
A fun little tale about not excluding anyone. The upbeat rhythm and the cheery pictures appeal to Little Man.
Buy on Amazon: Ants in Your Pants
Buy on Book Depository: Ants in Your Pants
9. THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Once again, from the creators of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child. The Little Man enjoys them too, but I didn't include them because they're mostly read by Grandma as the books are at her place. We have almost the entire collection of books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and this is the one that he requests for most at home. It tells about how, while it is nice to dress smartly (or spiffily, in the case of Amazon.com), it is much more important to be kind.
Buy on Amazon: The Spiffiest Giant in Town
Buy on Book Depository: The Smartest Giant in Town
10. MRS MCGEE'S COCONUT
by Alia Zobel Nolan and Peter Cottrill
Another fun book. This time about the misadventures of Mrs McGee's coconut when she tries to open it.
Buy on Amazon: Mrs McGee's Coconut
Buy on Book Depository: Mrs McGee's Coconut
Little Man: 3 years 5 months
What do you and you Little Ones enjoy reading?