What we’ve been reading this month – our 5 favourites.

I’ve decided to share what we’re reading as a little series on the blog. Reading to the kids is so important to me and books are something I’ll happily spend money on. I grew up in home where we were always read to, which I believe fostered a love of books and writing in me. Some nights it’s just not possible to fit in a story between dinner, homework, work and life in general, but most nights we do. Even if it’s not about the story itself, or all the educational wonders reading to your child can do, the time spent with your children will be something you’ll both cherish and remember for years to come.

Here are 5 of our favourite books we’ve read (or in the case of Harry Potter, continue reading) during the month of March:

The Rhythm of the Rain – Grahame Baker-Smith

One of the most beautifully illustrated books we own – Oli literally oohed and aahed as we turned each page. The book takes you on the adventure of Issac who, playing in his favourite pool on the mountainside, empties his little jar of water into the pool wondering where his jar of water will end up. On the other side of the world, Cassi welcomes the rain in her dry village, where rivers now run and make their way back to the sea – such a fantastic book depicting the water cycle for kids.

The Everywhere Bear – Julia Donaldson

We’re huge Julia Donaldson fans in our home and we can never get enough of her. Books with a lot of rhyming and repetition were suggested by Oli’s previous Speech Therapist, and this book doesn’t disappoint. Both the kids loved this, but Oli in particular thought this was great as he’s in Class One/Grade One right now. The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he falls, unnoticed, from a backpack and starts his own big adventure! The kids listened in great anticipation to see how The Everywhere Bear would find his way back to Class One and whooped with joy when he did!

I Give You the World – Stacey McCleary

One of my favourite places to spend time in – Exclusive Books, Hyde Park – is where I found this gem for Sophie at Christmas time. Soph adores books, and this one has such a special message. What is the perfect gift of all? The world itself, of course! This book is a celebration of our beautiful world and its many precious gifts we get to experience.

Good Night Moon – Margaret Wise Brown

A book specifically suggested by Oli’s previous Speech Therapist and an absolute classic. PS Momma’s, this book comes with ‘top tips for peaceful bedtimes’! First published in 1947, the slow and calming rhythm of the book makes for the perfect classic bedtime story.  “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling (Illustrated by Jim Kay)

I’ve been dying to get this book for Oli since forever. I’ve read the entire series and absolutely could not wait for Oli to open this present up on Christmas morning. I still have my original Harry Potter books, but this illustrated version is much better for me to share with Oli at his age. Reliving J.K Rowling’s epic tales through the eyes of my son is something else. We read a couple of pages whenever we get a chance, it’s a little too ‘old’ for Soph and normally story time is for both them, so while this might take us a while to get through, it’s still as enthralling for me to read to him as it was the first time I read it at the age of 15 (wow, now I really feel old). The first book in one of the most famous series of books ever written, when a letter arrives for an ordinary little boy named Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Prepare to be spellbound as you delve into the magical world of Hogwarts, new friendships, challenges, extraordinary creatures and the start of an incredible adventure.

What have you been reading? We’re always browsing and looking out for new favourites to find!