Bedtime stories week 2 (2015)

This week has been a little bit strange. Rob has been off work all week for part of his paternity leave, and so routine has gone completely out of the window. There have been late night shopping trips and dusk-time trips to the park… All in all, not conducive for regular bedtime reading!

However, we have, of course, read quite a few stories. Just not necessarily at the night time. Sunday’s favourite story book was The Gruffalo, read by Sarah.


Sat in his Gruffalo pyjamas, with his Gruffalo slipper socks on, he looked quite the avid fan while listening to Sarah read the little board book. Read it again rating is 5/5, as you might expect. Incidentally we tried to watch this on BBC iPlayer this week, but James wasn’t really interested until right at the very end, when he shouted, “want it again!” as he does when we finish a story.

On Monday James and Rob read Maps.


It’s not a story; it’s a fantastic book of maps! They are brilliantly illustrated with animals and birds populating the lands and seas. A lovely talking point, and James enjoys the tales Daddy tells while they look at the pictures together. Read it again rating is 5/5, though it’s not a story, so it’s doubtful any two sessions would be the same. But this is a book with increasing value.

On Tuesday we read Mabel and the Sock Pirates. We enjoy a few of Elwyn Tate’s books, and this one is a new Kindle download.


I’m not sure James understood what was going on in this story. He didn’t ask for it again! It’s written in rhyme, and tells a funny story about a sock farmer’s cat who saves the socks from pirates! Read it again rating was 2/5, though might improve in time.

On Wednesday we went to the Metrocentre and got back really late and tired. Rob read one quick story and off James went to bed.

Thursday’s favourite story was Dr Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish!

This was the first time we’d read this story (actually James’ first Dr Seuss). It is so simple and clever, it comes as no surprise that the read it again rating is 5/5. James actually took the book to bed with him, and he reads it to himself while I’m feeding Noah!

On Friday we read All afloat on Noah’s Boat, which is a brilliantly illustrated poem of Noah and the Ark.


We received this as a gift for Noah’s Christmas, and James points out that there are two Noahs (one in the room, one in the book!) every time. He looks on every page to find Noah, though he isn’t always there. This is a lovely story, one to treasure and enjoy. Read it again rating is 5/5; we have already enjoyed this many times since Christmas!

Saturday’s story was My T-Rex has a Toothache, another by Elwyn Tate.


James really loves this story. He will recite parts of it from time to time, often in the middle of playing with something completely unrelated to dinosaurs or teeth! I have to quickly rack my brains and get up to speed with the story! It is about a boy who tries to help his dinosaur solve the problem of a terrible toothache. It’s funny and well illustrated. It is simple to read, though there are some tricky words thrown in there too, so those learning to read will practice their sounding out from time to time! Again, the read it again rating is 5/5. It’s been a good book week!

I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what we’ve been reading this week. What have you been reading? Do you do more reading at night time or through the day?



  1. January 12, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Ah I love this weekly feature on your blog. Yes you can’t go wrong with The Gruffalo can you? I love the map book – sometimes these types of book are more fun than a traditional reading book. Thanks for sharing #NEbrilliantbloggers

    • January 12, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      Thanks! We love reading so it’s an easy post each week! Just need to find something else, otherwise my blog will become all #countrykids and books! Almost… 🙂

  2. January 17, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    What sweet bed times stories. Thanks for sharing at Book Musing Mondays. 😉

  3. January 17, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    what a fab list, some of these we’ve not read and I love the look of that maps book #nebrilliantbloggers

    • January 17, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      It’s a lovely book, for adults and children. A really good coffee table book for hours of fascinating browsing. Thanks for reading you brilliant blogger you!! 🙂

  4. March 2, 2015 / 7:12 am

    I tried to get my son into my favorite cioldhohd book, The Hockey Sweater , but he is really into funny monster books right now too. We go to the library once a week, where I let him pick out any book he wants. LOL, he sometimes comes back with a french one (he doesn’t know what french is) but I let him get it anyway and I translate on the fly. Fun Times!!Chris from SASS

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