Bedtime stories this week

This week we’ve had a bit of an animal (creature?) theme with our bedtime stories. We got so many books for Christmas that we’ve had to rethink our book storage, which is absolutely fantastic, and a problem I hope will be repeated many times!

Sunday’s book was the fabulous I am the wolf and here I come!, which was the first in our Imagination Adventures subscription. We loved it from the first reading.

I am the wolf and here I come by benedicte guettier book review

toddler reading I am the wolf and here I come

It’s a quick and easy book to read with a very funny ending. James thinks the big bad wolf is a female, and asked, “what she doing?” On every page. Read it again rating is 5/5 and the ending is so entertaining that James grabs this book and shouts out the last lines himself.

Monday’s story was the The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is the traditional song with gorgeous illustrations by Britta Teckentrup.

12 days of christmas by Britta Teckentrup

I was a bit nervous about reading this with James. The paper pages are layered with a peep-through window showing the next present. It’s beautiful but seems quite delicate, and not exactly toddler-proof. I needn’t have worried. James just enjoyed the song, and we read it three times in a row before he read it to himself.
Read it again rating: 5/5

On Tuesday we read The Gruffalo’s Child.

The Gruffalo's child book review

We have this as an audiobook, which we’ve listened to in the car about a million times (not really an exaggeration) since Christmas. The audiobook is read by Imelda Staunton, and I defy anyone to listen to the cd and then not read it aloud as Imelda. We read it for bedtime, but only once. Maybe I didn’t get the voices quite right?!
Listen again rating:100/5
Read it again rating: 3/5

Wednesday’s book was the rather lovely You.

You by Emma Dodd

This is a fabulous, simple tale of loving your little one, illustrated with monkeys. “I love every bit of you…” the book begins, and continues, in rhyme, until it ends “with every day that passes by, I love you more and more”.
It’s such a lovely book. We’ve read it many times, so read it again rating is 5/5 but on Wednesday was only read twice.

Thursday there was no bedtime story – James was just too tired, so we just snuggled and talked about the day before he drifted off to sleep.

On Friday we read Peppa Pig and the Fire Engine. This is a nice short story, written in typical Peppa Pig style. James loves fire engines, and Peppa Pig, so this book was bound to be a winner, really.
I quite like that all the fire fighters are females, but it’s at the expense of the men-folk, who are bumbling fools.

Peppa Pig fire engine book

James was really tired on Friday night, but he still insisted on reading this story over and over. Actually, because Noah was nursing while we read, he fell asleep on my arm as I sat in the recliner chair, and Rob had to carry him to bed.
Read it again rating: 5/5

I can’t remember Saturday’s book, I’m sorry. My parents were visiting, and I know we’ll have read something, but I can’t think what it was! Probably that’s because my Dad started the bedtime reading marathon.

What have you been reading this week?

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  1. January 6, 2015 / 6:29 am

    love the pictures of James Reading. I’m definitely getting this one for my little nieces and nephews. I might even get one for when the come to visit.

    • January 8, 2015 / 7:50 am

      I’m glad we’ve shared the book love! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. January 6, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I am needing some fresh picks for my toddler class and these all look like they’d fit the bill. I’m ordering them all now! Thanks!

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      I hope you all have fun reading them!

  3. January 8, 2015 / 12:28 am

    Thank you for sharing these pictures! The books sound like fun bedtime reads!

  4. January 8, 2015 / 7:51 am

    Books are brilliant, arent they! Thanks for reading the post 🙂

  5. January 9, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    I miss reading books to my son, the gruffalos child and the gruffalo were among his favourites

    • January 9, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Occasionally, my mum still reads to me! I’m sure teenagers still enjoy the Gruffalo, just secretly!

  6. January 9, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Some of our favourite’s in there – love ‘The Gruffalo’s child’ and ‘You’. This week we’ve enjoyed ‘The Troll’ and ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ (both Julia Donaldson plus ‘You choose’ which was lots of fun. Thanks for sharing with #NEbrilliantbloggers

    • January 9, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      We have ‘you choose’ on our list of to read. We’ve only just started to discover Julia Donaldson; we love ‘Tiddler’, too. Thanks for visiting!

  7. January 9, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    These books look lovely. How fabulous to have run out of book storage space! We have a box of books in the living room, another in my daughter’s bedroom… and a big pile at the foot of my bed too! I can’t bring myself to get rid of any though!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

  8. January 11, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Thank you for linking up with #readingtogether. My children used to read all these books too over and over again. The Gruffalo’s child is still in our top 10 most read.

  9. January 12, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    my kids love gruffalo but theres a few ive not seen before here so of to download onto my ipad for their bedtime stories , thankyou

  10. June 1, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    What a great blogging idea! And I love your illustrations. Popping over from #fictionalfun

  11. June 1, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    I love to see parents getting their children interested in reading from an early age. I can’t believe the Gruffalo is still kicking about I’m sure this was about when I was little. Thanks for linking up to #fictionalfun 🙂

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