Bedtime stories (week 8 – 2015)

This week we’ve had some REALLY late nights, as we’ve spending time with friends in Chicago. We’ve been lucky to be in bed before 11pm, so we’ve had a mixture of bedtime stories and books we’ve read during the day.

On Monday we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which we’ve read a million times before, but it’s part of the Baby Steps to Literacy programme, which we complete this week.

Image from Waterstones

Image from Waterstones

While we’ve been in Chicago we visited the Museum of Science and Industry, and while there watched a movie about Monarch butterflies on their enormous curved screen. James knew the caterpillars became cocoons and then butterflies, and I’m certain it was down to this book. Monarch caterpillars, however, eat milkweed, not sausage, cupcakes, or lollipops! 

 Tuesday’s book, another of the Baby Steps to Literacy reads, was Pat the Bunny.
This is a gorgeous book. It’s really interactive, with a ring to poke your finger through, and a boy to play peek-a-boo with among other fun things. We’ve really enjoyed this book, and although it’s a classic from the 1930s, I’d never heard of it before taking part in the Literacy programme.
 Our participation in the programme ended this week on Wednesday with Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
I packed new books to bring with us on this trip, mostly because I thought it might capture his attention a bit on the aeroplanes, but actually the familiarity of this book has been important and welcomed. James now reads it to himself, and it’s so cute to hear!

Since we began the programme, James’ attention and participation scores have really improved, and actually James sits a little better at other times, not just story time. Contact Danielle using the link above if you’ve a child under the age of 28 months, whether you have an established reading routine or not. 

 So one of our new books on Thursday was Get Dressed Max and Millie, which is about two toddlers who have to get dressed instead of playing and messing about. The children have to race to dress themselves before Millie’s daddy counts to ten. At the end the book asks, can you get dressed too? James always answers “no, I have help”, so he’s still a little young to fully empathise with this book, though he enjoys the story and the pictures.

 On Friday we left Chicago, and our bedtime story was the very appropriate Good Night Chicago.

imageIt’s a board book with beautiful illustrations of key sights in the Windy City. The language in this book is positive and sounds like what you’d say at the end of the day to your loved ones. A really good read for toddlers. 

 We didn’t have a bedtime story on Saturday because we were at an oyster roast in Stella, North Carolina.



Hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what we read this week. I love to hear what you’ve been reading, do leave a comment and let me know!



  1. Samantha Rickelton
    February 22, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    So sweet and how lovely that you incorporated a book featuring your holiday destination. On another note, those Oysters look SUPERB!

    • February 23, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      They were, but the chilli and pretty much all the desserts were so delicious too! Great evening πŸ™‚

  2. February 24, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    The hungry caterpillar was one of my favourite books when I was a kid. I actually bought it for my niece recently.

    • February 24, 2015 / 8:47 pm

      I’ll bet she loved receiving the very hungry caterpillar; it’s a great classic kids book. Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

  3. February 24, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I’ve not had a chance to read anything this week, but as a child I loved the hungry caterpillar x

    • February 24, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      The very hungry caterpillar is such a great classic, isn’t it. Thanks for taking the time to read my post πŸ™‚

  4. February 25, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Yay for the Very Hungry Caterpillar. It’s a classic – not, I’m ashamed to say. that I’ve ever red it.

    • February 25, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Wow! It’s a classic for sure, but there are tonnes of other great books for kids I’m sure you’ve not missed out really!

  5. February 25, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar! Great kids book πŸ™‚ and I’ve never heard of an oyster roast!! I didn’t even know you could roast oysters!!

    • February 25, 2015 / 2:30 pm

      It’s a bit of a southern US thing – excuse for a great party πŸ™‚

  6. February 25, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    What a lovely post summing up your week’s reading. We read a lot of books but the only one we’ve read from this list is ‘the very hungry caterpillar’. My kids love that book.

    • February 25, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      It’s a great book, that’s for sure. I can definitely recommend the others in this list, and the other Eric Carle book is worth a try.

  7. February 26, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    As a parent educator and mom to 3, reading from birth is so important for your child’s development. You’re sharing some of our childhood favorites with James. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

  8. February 26, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Hi from #ThisIsHowWeRoll blog hop! My oldest likes having the same book (or two) read over and over; I like how you featured a different book every day. Brown Bear, Brown Bear was a favorite for a while πŸ™‚

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